Energy poverty and gender – data and arguments

Women and female led households are disproportionately affected by energy poverty, in all European countries. A condition that is exacerbated when gender inequality is compounded by age, class, and racial attributions, among other factors. This may be related to their physiological and health situation as well as to their economic and social status, as all these dimensions – especially in combination – put women at higher risk of energy poverty.

It is critical to take a closer look at the relationship between energy poverty and gender. This report provides that perspective.