Energy poverty and health

realization time: 10.2019-10.2020

The aim of the project is to assess the relationship between energy poverty and health. We will use a field study in Tychy and Ruda Śląska. Our project is one of the first studies in Poland that combines data on health and energy use in households.   Energy poverty may be associated with health problems, in particular lung diseases. It has been confirmed by research in the United Kingdom and Spain. Our project aims to verify the conclusions from the previous analysis in a field study. Therefore, we have developed an innovative research tool that allows assessing the relationship between energy poverty and health, taking into account:

  • household demographic characteristics,
  • indicators of health and access to medical services,
  • heat sources and energy efficiency of the building,
  • economic situation, including income and expenses for energy and medical services.


The project is funded by a grant from the European Climate Foundation.

The final conference of the COST ENGAGER research network in Budapest
Jakub Sokołowski and Jan Frankowski participated in a final meeting of COST ENGAGER Network Conference „Engaging with energy poverty in times of crisis” (11-13.04.2022).
2021-01-12 How to improve the quality of life of the energy poor?
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In Poland, about 10% (1.3 million) of the population are energy-poor households that cannot heat and light their dwellings properly or use electrical appliances. The most common causes of energy poverty are low energy efficiency of the building and heat source, high energy costs and ...
2020-12-10 Energy poverty, housing conditions, and self-assessed health: evidence from Poland
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Inefficient heating and insufficient access to energy services can turn a shelter into a health hazard. We study how energy poverty associated with having substandard housing and ineffective heating is related to the risk of developing poor health in an urban context. We conducted a ...
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