Energy, Equity and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world. Many of the impacts disproportionately affect communities where poverty and disadvantage are concentrated. Low-income households are also struggling to afford the energy they need to heat or cool their homes.

Learn about the Research and Policy Centre's work in energy, equity and climate change

Climate change is already impacting on Australians and will become a bigger risk in future. People aged over 65, who live in poor quality housing or who can’t afford air-conditioning are particularly vulnerable to the increasing impacts of heatwaves. Many low-income households are also under-insured, risking losses from extreme weather events such as severe storms or bushfires.

Poorer Australians often cannot afford to invest in home appliances and hot water systems that would cut their energy costs. Renters who rely on their landlords for energy efficiency upgrades can face even greater hurdles.

Our research and policy work seeks solutions that will enable people on low incomes to respond to the effects of climate change. We want to ensure that energy remains affordable, by developing policies to address high network charges and retail costs, and by supporting programs that help people to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Contact Damian Sullivan (03) 9483 1176 or dsullivan(at) to find out more about this work.

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