Energy efficiency and excess winter deaths: comparing the UK and Sweden

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1. Introduction

 

David Cameron pledged in February 2013 that he wanted the UK to become ‘the most energy efficient country in Europe[1]’. However, at present the UK is the ‘cold man of Europe’, with very high levels of fuel poverty and poorly insulated homes. In contrast, Sweden has well-insulated homes, meaning that its people suffer less from fuel poverty and excess winter deaths – even though they face higher energy prices and colder winters.

Earlier this year, a report

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