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How to improve the quality of life of the energy poor?

Jakub Sokolowski () and Jan Frankowski ()

No 01/2021, IBS Policy Papers from Instytut Badan Strukturalnych

Abstract: The living conditions of the energy poor in Poland are unacceptable. One of the core factors for this is living in old and uninsulated buildings. This deteriorates health and poses a higher likelihood of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular diseases development. Additionally, heating with inefficient coal or wood-fired stoves is associated with a higher risk of developing respiratory diseases. We propose two instruments that may improve quality of life among the energy-poor population. Firstly, the introduction of a targeted fuel allowance for clean heating. Secondly, a full subsidy for thermal retrofit and heat source replacement as well as connecting multi-family dwellings to gas and heating networks. As a result, this will translate into a comprehensive reduction of energy poverty.

Keywords: energy poverty; life quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 I14 I32 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 11 pages
Date: 2021-01
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