Energy and transport poverty are affecting both individuals and society. They are diverse phenomena that cannot be measured by separate indicators, and no explicit solutions exist to solve the problems they are causing. This project aims to increase knowledge of energy and transport poverty in rural areas in Finland. It also aims to find means and procedures to influence them on several levels. The project studies the current state of energy and transport poverty of rural areas on a national level by comprehensive surveys and interviews for inhabitants, companies, and organizations interacting with them. Means of compensation and solutions to reduce energy and transport poverty will be identified in stakeholder and expert workshops. The project documents results, e.g. research report, infographic and policy brief, and communicates widely to various stakeholders.
The project will be conducted between May 2023 and February 2025 by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. and the University of Vaasa. The partners in cooperation include Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland / diaconal work and the rural support person network (Maaseudun tukihenkilöverkko).