According to the Scottish Government Housing Stock Condition Survey 2014, 35% of Scottish households are in fuel poverty by definition. Indeed, levels of fuel poverty in rural areas of Scotland may be as high as 70% according to actual consumption data.Therefore, there is a disparity in the statistics with the above. This may be down to the differences in definitions, the subjective question of affordability, householder perception of being in fuel poverty or not, type and source of data collected, year of collection, etc. But it would be good to elucidate further on this topic. Perhaps the map above could be updated and a more regional version researched and created to include perceptional and fuel poverty by definition data ??? Future EU funding to target poorest regions with highest fuel poverty etc? Warm Zones were a good holistic initiative previously receiving EU support. Thanks, Neil
Hi Neil, you are absolutely right – the use of single national UK figure does obscure what is going on at a local level where fuel poverty rates can be very high. The difficulty is finding comparable data across the EU as a whole, at present the subjective data from EU-SILC is the best available data on an EU-level as there is no standardised expenditure dataset. An additional issue is that most countries collect actual expenditure data, sometimes only every 5 years. We are working with various expenditure datasets from different European countries at Manchester Uni for the EVALUATE project, and it is certainly keeping us on our toes! Good idea, hopefully in time a more detailed map could be produced.
I agree that the map is not sufficient nor very helpful for achieving a needed focus on fuel poverty – and how to avoid it by improving building standards.
I agree with Neil that regional differences must be taken into consideration and a common definition must be found.
But also the classification must be changed. A range from 0 % til 9,9 % is HUGE.
In Denmark fuel poverty is not considered a real problem. We instead concentrate on energy savings by retrofitting buildings especially those that actually loose most energy, which are the buildings where the danger of fuel poverty is largest.
In Belgium there is real talking about fuel poverty, the insulation standard of many, many buildings is miserable, and lots need to be done.
But Scotland, Denmark and Belgium is in the same range (0 – 9.9%) on the map.
In the best case this is just not very helpful – in the worse case it is actually covering up the massive problems with bad building standards in many areas of Europe.
Hope this can be drastically improved in a short time.
Best from Søren
Hello Søren, thanks for your feedback. As the EU Fuel Poverty Network receives very limited funding and is volunteer-led we are restricted in the work we can undertake to produce such maps. New volunteers are of course welcome to contribute more detailed maps using publicly available data.
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