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The effects of Energy Performance Certificates in energy poverty: A brief overview

by Inês Carrilho Nunes a,* orcid  and  Margarida Catalão Lopes a orcid
CEG-IST, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
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EAL  2024, 47; 3(1), 47;
Received: 14 July 2023 / Accepted: 23 August 2023 / Published Online: 15 March 2024


Energy Performance Certificates are a key tool for achieving energy efficiency in the building sector. The existence of this type of legislation provides incentives for the energy renovation of buildings, increases energy-efficiency investments, and improves social welfare. At the same time, informational asymmetries are mitigated and energy consumption is reduced. However, the decarbonization of the building sector might influence regional energy poverty, especially because the rural energy poor are more vulnerable to energy price increases than their urban counterparts. Empirical research on rural-urban differences and the effects of Energy Performance Certificates is urgently needed, given the rising fuel prices and vulnerabilities of the energy market.

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