Fuel poverty, UK's dilemma on climate change and Scotland's struggle for housing energy efficiency.
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PANERU, S. 2015. Fuel poverty, UK's dilemma on climate change and Scotland's struggle for husing energy efficiency. In the Proceedings of the 31st international PLEA conference: architecture in (r)evolution, 9-11 September 2015, Bologna, Italy.
Recent growth of fuel poverty in Scotland suggests that UK and Scottish climate change strategies, energy policies and energy efficiency initiatives are not able to address fuel poverty related issues such as broader social justice, affordability of energy and equality in income distribution. The reasons behind ineffectiveness' are UK's dilemma on climate change and energy policy, inconsistency of energy efficiency initiatives, highly privatised and market-based energy initiatives, problematic relationship between UK and Scottish climate change policies and obscurities on how overlapping energy efficiency initiatives work together. The high level co-operation and discussion between UK government and Scottish Government and common forum of all stakeholders including private energy providers can help clear the obscurities and to achieve goal. More public participation, community ownership of the initiatives, public awareness and focus on behavioural change of consumer can be cost-effective alternative of privatisation of energy initiatives and help control fuel poverty sustainably.
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