Urban Fuel Poverty

Urban Fuel Poverty

1st Edition - July 3, 2019

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  • Editor: Kristian Fabbri
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169537
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169520

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Urban Fuel Poverty describes key approaches to defining and alleviating fuel poverty in cities using a multidisciplinary perspective and multiple case studies. It provides empirical knowledge on the levels and intensities of energy poverty in urban areas, along with new theoretical perspectives in conceptualizing the multidimensionality of energy poverty, with special focus given to the urban environment. Chapters discuss what energy poverty is in terms of taxonomy, stakeholders and affected parties, addressing the role of the economy and energy bills, the role of climate and city factors, the role of buildings, and the health and psychological impact on fuel poverty. The book addresses how to measure energy poverty, how to map it, and how to draw conclusions based on illness and social indicators. Finally, it explores measures to ‘fight’ fuel poverty, including policy and governance actions, building efficiency improvements and city planning.

Key Features

  • Bridges interdisciplinary divides between policy and economy, cities and buildings, and health and society
  • Addresses the physical performance of urban fuel poverty and their effect on thermal comfort and human health
  • Provides strategies and policies to mitigate energy and fuel poverty


Social scientists exploring problems in describing, analyzing and reducing energy poverty. Policymakers looking to reduce energy poverty. Practitioners in energy efficiency and (perhaps via ESCOs or NGOS) poverty reduction. Urban planners, architect, engineers. Environmental Psychologists

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Kristian Fabbri

    1. Energy Poverty a definition
    Victoria Pellicer-Sifres
    2. Role of economy and income to fall in energy poverty. Policy act
    Fateh Belaïd
    3. Role of climate and city pattern
    Teodoro Georgiadis
    4. Role of building to fall in fuel poverty
    Kristian Fabbri
    5. Health impact of fuel poverty
    Vincenzo Condemi and Massimo Gestro

    6. Energy poverty indicators: energy price, income and statistics
    Ivan Faiella and Luciano Lavecchia
    7. Social and health-related indicators of energy poverty: An England case study
    Jamie-Leigh Ruse, Helen Stockton and Peter Smith

    8. Policy action
    Jiří Karásek and Jan Pojar
    9. Cities and buildings efficiency improvement of energy-poor household
    Jacopo Gaspari
    10. Health and social outcomes of housing policies to alleviate fuel poverty
    Wouter Poortinga

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: July 3, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169537
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169520

About the Editor

Kristian Fabbri

Kristian Fabbri is adjunct Professor in Building Simulation at the University of Bologna. He consults in building energy performance, energy services, indoor environmental quality for Emilia-Romagna Region and for SME trade and professional organizations. His research interest includes energy behaviour, energy poverty, and building energy performance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, Universita di Bologna, Bologna BO, Italy

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