fuel poverty

Fuel poverty in Hungary: research report released

Fuel poverty is an important issue for Hungary from several perspectives – it is estimated that this problem causes approximately 1500-2500 deaths in Hungary – but the topic was not widely researched in the past. On the initiative of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) of Central European University (CEU), and the Hungarian NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future), in cooperation with the Environmental Justice Working Group of Védegylet (Védegylet Környezeti Igazságosság Munkacsoport) some noteworthy research results have now been released.

Energy poverty in Hungary and Bolivia

On November 27, 2009, 3CSEP researcher Sergio Tirado Herrero took part along with Marco A. Gandarillas Gonzáles, Executive Director of the Center of Documentation and Information Bolivia, in an open talk about energy poverty in Hungary and Bolivia. The discussion followed the viewing of a short film about the life of Bolivian rural communities located in the proximities of oil and gas wells. It revolved around the differences in the meaning of energy poverty in both countries and the role of energy suppliers and governmental institutions.

PhD graduate

Sergio Tirado Herrero (Spain, 1978) holds a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Global Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Alcala (Madrid). His experience in Central and Eastern Europe dates back to 2001, when he joined the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) as a project assistant. Between 2002 and 2008 he was a researcher in the Environmental Economics Research Group at the University of Alcala, in projects ranging from the cost-benefit analysis of strategic national energy programmes to the economic valuation of Spain's ecosystem services. Between 2008 and 2013 he was enroled as PhD student in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Doctoral Program and has been an active member of CEU's Center for Climate and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP). His PhD dissertation - "Fuel poverty alleviation as a co-benefit of climate investments: evidence from Hungary" - was succesfylly defended in February 2013 and awarded a summa cum laude.

Project status: 
Apr, 2009 - Jan, 2010
The project provides a first evaluation of the extent and nature of fuel poverty in Hungary and seeks to understand the experience of fuel poverty by Hungarian households in connection to the role of utility companies and central and local governments.
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