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Energy Ratings and Affordability in Social Housing in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Author: Bill Wilkinson
Organisation:
Energy Audit Company
Date: 2007
Location: Scotland

If national targets for reducing fuel poverty are to be met, ensuring a significant improvement in the energy efficiency of the UK’s social housing stock is vital. The introduction of the Decent Homes Standard and Scottish Housing Quality Standard offered a major opportunity to achieve this. Technically robust, standardised common measurement frameworks will enable housing associations to compare their performance. An earlier work (EAGA40) had developed a toolkit for England and Wales, but the different contexts of Scotland and Northern Ireland required a modified approach. 

Rural Fuel Poverty: Hidden Hardships

Date: 2002
Location: Northern Ireland

The issue of rural fuel poverty is an important area of research for EAGA Charitable Trust. In 2001, the Trust and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) had co-produced a conference on this theme, which was further developed in a position paper by the CSE that outlined an overarching research agenda. However, considerable work remained to be done to understand in detail the character of rural fuel poverty, particularly in different areas of the UK. Ensuring that learning is shared and publicised is also essential.

Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland

Author: Brian Harvey
Organisation:
National Energy Action Northern Ireland
Date: 1997
Location: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland operates a devolved government administration and has developed variations of housing and energy policies that are distinct from those in other UK regions. Even before this, housing strategies developed along unique pathways. Therefore, policies designed on the basis of evidence from other parts of the UK or beyond may not be appropriate for Northern Ireland and their approaches may not be relevant.

Paying the Price – Fuel Poverty in Ireland, North and South

Author: Heat and Energy Action Tallaght (HEAT) and National Energy Action (NEA) Northern Ireland
Organisation:
Co-funded by the Combat Poverty Agency
Tallaght Partnership
Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust
Energy Action Grants Agency Trust and Joseph Rowntree Trust
Date: 1996
Location: Northern Ireland

The 1990s saw a growing focus on energy conservation and fuel poverty in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and the introduction of several policies and schemes designed to further both agendas, such as the Irish Energy Centre in the ROI and the Domestic Energy Efficiency Scheme in the UK. While geographically part of the landmass of Ireland, Northern Ireland is territorially within the UK, and its citizens and those in the south are subject to different policies and regulations.

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