Koďousková and Lehotský on the Phenomenon of Energy Poverty

2 Sep 2020

Routledge publishing house has released a new book titled "Perspectives on Energy Poverty in Post-Communist Europe."

The book explores the issue of energy poverty in post-communist Europe and shows how it is viewed and addressed through public policies. Hedvika Kodouskova and Lukas Lehotsky contributed with a case study on the Czech Republic. When compared to most other EU member states,  the Czech Republic does not seem to be affected by the phenomenon. Energy poverty is somewhat "hidden" as it affects specific households, given their income and socio-demographic characteristics and state of their living conditions.

Its geographical distribution is uneven, localized in areas where socio-economic transformations resulted in the concentration of multiple forms of social disadvantages over time. Although we can find instances of good practices on the national as well as regional level, the authors point out that relevant policies in these areas do not mitigate the phenomenon. Therefore, the risk prevails, and the specific strata of the population experiencing energy deprivation can be, to a large extent, misrecognized.

The book is available here.

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