Pilot project against fuel poverty – implementation, evaluation and programme against fuel poverty

Part of the programme “New Energies 2020“ (Climate and Energy Funds, Austrian Research Promotion Agency [FFG]); project duration: Jan 2012 – Jun 2014

Project management: Dr. Anja Christanell (ÖIN)

Project implementation: Sylvia Mandl, MSc, Mag. Michaela Leitner, Dr. Anja Christanell (ÖIN), A.o.Univ.Prof.Dr. Karl-Michael Brunner (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Mag. Andrea Jamek (Austrian Energy Agency), Dipl. Ing. Dr. Katharina Kirsch-Soriano da Silva (Caritas Vienna), Mag. Caroline Nwafor (Caritas Austria), Gerhard Schmid, Dr. Claudio Tedeschi (Caritas Vorarlberg)

Information platform for fuel poverty in Austria

In the course of this project, measures against fuel poverty will be taken in 400 to 500 austrian households. The main goals of these advice services are the improvement of energy efficiency and the mitigation of the burdens caused by fuel poverty in the households. Additionally, the programmes and measures will be evaluated and the benefits and costs
calculated.

The project equally pursues ecological and social aims of sustainability. The implemented measures will be evaluated regarding their effectiveness (reduction of CO2 and energy consumption; mitigation of burdens related to fuel poverty) and the improvement of the advice services (e.g. satisfaction of the clients; needs of the energy consultants and social workers; logistics).

Based on the results of the evaluation, the review of international programmes, projects and existing literature concerning fuel poverty, recommendations suitable for an implementation in Austria will be made. In the context of intensive stakeholder dialogues, the recommendations will be evaluated regarding their feasibility and a practical programme against fuel poverty will be developed.

The results of these processes are an analysis of existing potentials regarding the implementation of measures all over Austria, the evaluation of the energy advice projects and, building on these findings, recommendations for an implementation in Austria, a comprehensive measure catalogue with international best practice-examples and an
implementation-oriented programme against fuel poverty tailored to Austria.

Brunner, Karl-Michael; Christanell, Anja; Mandl, Sylvia (2016): Energiearmut in Österreich: Erfahrungen, Umgangsweisen und Folgen. In: Großmann, Katrin; Schaffrin, André; Smigiel, Christian (eds.), Energie und soziale Ungleichheit: Zur gesellschaftlichen Dimension der Energiewende in Deutschland und Europa. Berlin: Springer. (Forthcoming)

Brunner, Karl-Michael; Mandl, Sylvia; Christanell, Anja; Leitner, Michaela; Kirsch-Soriano da Silva, Katharina (2015): Local action against fuel poverty in Austria. Proceedings of ECEEE 2015 Summer Study “energy efficiency: Keeping energy efficiency on the top of the agenda”, 01.-06.06.2015, Presqu’île de Giens, France.

Christanell, Anja; Mandl, Sylvia; Leitner, Michaela; Brunner, Karl-Michael; Jamek, Andrea; Kirsch-Soriano da Silva, Katharina; Nwafor, Caroline; Schmid, Gerhard (2014). Pilotprojekt gegen Energiearmut. Final Report. Vienna: Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development.
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Christanell, Anja; Mandl, Sylvia; Leitner, Michaela; Brunner, Karl-Michael; Kirsch-Soriano da Silva, Katharina; Nwafor, Caroline; Jamek, Andrea; Tedeschi, Claudio (2014): Energiearmut. Für eine sozial gerechtere Gestaltung der Energiezukunft – Ein Team aus Wissenschaft und Praxis stellt sich vor. SOZIALE TECHNIK, 2014, Jg. 24, Vol. 4, 11-14. link

Brunner, Karl-Michael; Christanell, Anja (2014): KonsumentInnenverantwortung für Nachhaltigkeit? Am Beispiel Energiearmut. In: Tomaschek, Nino; Streinzer, Andreas (eds.), Verantwortung: Über das Handeln in einer komplexen Welt. Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 43-60. link

Brunner, Karl-Michael; Mandl, Sylvia (2014): Energy Consumption and Social Inequality. The Problem of Fuel Poverty. In: Reiter, Sigrid (ed.), Energy Consumption. Impacts of Human Activity, Current and Future Challenges, Environmental and Socio-economic Effects. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 167-184. link

Brunner, Karl-Michael; Mandl, Sylvia; Christanell, Anja (2013): From local to national: Tackling fuel poverty in Austria. Proceedings of the ECEEE 2013 Summer Study, 03.-08.06.2013, Belambra Presqu’île de Giens, France. download

Mandl, Sylvia; Christanell, Anja (2012): Pilotprojekt gegen Energiearmut. Durchführung, Evaluation und Programm gegen Energiearmut. Preliminary report. Vienna: Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development.

Christanell, Anja; Brunner, Karl-Michael (2012): Eineinhalb Kilometer entfernt. Energiearmut, eine Verteilungsfrage. KSOE Dossier, 2012, Nr. 09, 15-17. link