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Basing “Energy Justice” on Clear Terms: Assessing Key Terminology in Pursuit of Energy Justice

Hernández, D, Yoon, L and Simcock, N (2021) Basing “Energy Justice” on Clear Terms: Assessing Key Terminology in Pursuit of Energy Justice. Environmental Justice. ISSN 1939-4071

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Abstract

The Energy Justice framework provides an opportunity to reveal and reduce injustices related to unaffordable household energy and lack of residential energy access. However, little consensus exists among academic researchers, practitioners, and decision makers on the terminology to present and conceptualize problems relating to inadequate residential energy access and affordability, with terms including “fuel poverty,” “energy burden,” “energy poverty,” “energy vulnerability,” and “energy insecurity.” This diversity of concepts and their varied applications poses a miscommunication risk between researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers who seek to identify injustices along the energy continuum and achieve a just transition to a low carbon future. In an effort to offer clarity, this article compares and defines five common terms used to describe unaffordable or inaccessible domestic energy based on a robust review of existing literature. It then analyses and evaluates each concept in terms of its capacity to achieve distributional, procedural, and recognition forms of energy justice. It concludes by reviewing the benefits, limitations, and nuances of these concepts while highlighting some achievements toward energy justice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Diana Hernández, Liv Yoon, and Neil Simcock.Environmental Justice.ahead of printhttp://doi.org/10.1089/env.2021.0049
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert Inc
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 10:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 10:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1089/env.2021.0049
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15779

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