Widespread modernisation of social housing is essential if the country is to avoid exacerbating energy poverty in its cities. In Poland, the inhabitants of social housing estates are people with low and insecure incomes; their homes are often in poor condition and are usually heated with either coal stoves or electric heaters. Municipal governments own social housing flats. Therefore it is up to them to improve the living conditions of residents in a sustainable manner. However, municipal governments have limited resources for modernisation, and the current energy crisis will only tighten their pockets further. We propose that three critical social criteria are considered when assessing and implementing social housing energy efficiency investments: 1) Efficiency, 2) Solidarity, and 3) Reduction of External Costs. Adhering to these criteria will allow municipalities to retrofit social housing more equitably – meaning that investments will serve those most in need while limiting their environmental impact.

keywords: energy and climate, housing, energy poverty

publication year: 2022

language : Polish, English

thematic categories : ,

publishing series : IBS Policy Paper

publication number : 02/2022

ISSN : 2451-4365

additional information: A grant from the National Science Centre "Procedural justice and urban fuel poverty" (2019/33/N/HS6/02565) financially supported this publication.

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Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Institute for Structural Research (IBS)

Jan Frankowski

Institute for Structural Research (IBS)

Jakub Sokołowski

Institute for Structural Research (IBS), University of Warsaw

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