Overcome energy poverty with better investment subsidies, with Audrey Dobbins, IER

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"It's really about trying to find ways or explore and open the debate about how governments want to spend their money and what kind of future you want to pay for", says Audrey Dobbins in this new episode of Ener'Ethic.

How can public investment subsidies be better designed to have a greater impact on those who need them most?  

What can the business community do to involve people in vulnerable circumstances in the energy transition?

Audrey Dobbins is a researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER) in Germany at the University of Stuttgart. Audrey has built her career between South Africa, Germany and the United States and has worked and studied chemistry, political science and economics. These experiences give her a unique perspective on addressing energy poverty.

She is particularly interested in the different capacities of individuals to participate in the energy transition and in the various forms of support and subsidies that could impact the long term. She’s a very committed scientist who is passionate about educating policymakers and the business community about the multi-dimensionality of energy poverty and the solutions they can provide.

She has demonstrated that better-targeted subsidies around support measures for the energy and climate transition can have a more significant overall impact. “It’s really about trying to find ways or explore and open the debate about how governments want to spend their money and what kind of future you want to pay for“.

 

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