Building synergies between climate change mitigation and energy poverty alleviation

Even though energy poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation are inextricably linked policy goals, they have remained as relatively disconnected fields of research inquiry and policy development. Acknowledging this gap, this paper explores the mainstream academic and policy literatures to provide a taxonomy of interactions and identify synergies and trade-offs between them. The most important trade-off identified is the potential increase in energy poverty levels as a result of strong climate change action if the internalisation of the external costs of carbon emissions is not offset by efficiency gains. Read more: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421511009918

Author: 
Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz Sergio Tirado Herrero
Source: 
Energy Policy
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