Established in December 2011, the EU Fuel Poverty Network has become one of the leading online portals for information about fuel poverty in the EU and beyond.
The ultimate aims of the Network are to raise awareness and to further the dialogue on fuel poverty across the EU. This is achieved through a free membership scheme, by publishing guest blog articles on the latest research and ideas, and raising the profile of existing academic literature and policy documents in a comprehensive resource archive.
What is fuel poverty?
Fuel poverty, or energy poverty as it is also known, occurs when a household is unable to afford the most basic levels of energy for adequate heating, cooling, cooking, lighting and use of appliances in the home.
The consequences of fuel poverty include a restricted use of heating, cold and damp homes, debts on utility bills and a reduction of household expenditure on other essential items. In addition, fuel poverty is associated with a worsening of a wide range of physical and mental health illnesses, such as depression, asthma and heart disease.
The concept of fuel poverty originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s; however, as the map below show, aspects of fuel poverty are manifest across the European Union.