A socio-spatial approach to the energy poverty crisis: Why a socio-spatial approach is required to tackle the energy poverty crisis in the Netherlands: Evidence from Amsterdam Zuidoost

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Abstract

Energy poverty is a pressing issue in the Netherlands, with the number of households struggling to cover their energy bills doubling to nearly one million in recent years. Current policies and subsidies have failed to address the needs of underprivileged social groups, leaving them vulnerable and unable to access support for dwelling renovations. This policy brief emphasises the importance of adopting a socio-spatial approach to tackle energy poverty and incorporate justice into renovation policies. By understanding the underlying factors that contribute to vulnerability and pinpointing their spatial distribution, targeted policies can be developed to meet the unique needs of vulnerable groups. The brief highlights the systemic challenges in Amsterdam Zuidoost, where low incomes, lack of trust, and financial constraints hinder renovation efforts. It stresses the urgency of adopting a spatial perspective, recognising the socio-spatial dimensions of vulnerability, and engaging local communities. Through inclusive and participatory processes, the brief aims to promote social equity, spatial justice, and sustainable solutions to combat energy poverty in Amsterdam Zuidoost.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalThe Evolving Scholar
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • renovation wave
  • energy poverty
  • case-study mixed methods
  • renovation
  • socio-spatial vulnerability

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