Fuel poverty is an important issue for Hungary from several perspectives – it is estimated that this problem causes approximately 1500-2500 deaths in Hungary – but the topic was not widely researched in the past. On the initiative of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) of Central European University (CEU), and the Hungarian NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future), in cooperation with the Environmental Justice Working Group of Védegylet (Védegylet Környezeti Igazságosság Munkacsoport) some noteworthy research results have now been released.
Sergio Tirado Herrero (Spain, 1978) holds a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Global Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Alcala (Madrid). His experience in Central and Eastern Europe dates back to 2001, when he joined the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) as a project assistant. Between 2002 and 2008 he was a researcher in the Environmental Economics Research Group at the University of Alcala, in projects ranging from the cost-benefit analysis of strategic national energy programmes to the economic valuation of Spain's ecosystem services. Between 2008 and 2013 he was enroled as PhD student in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Doctoral Program and has been an active member of CEU's Center for Climate and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP). His PhD dissertation - "Fuel poverty alleviation as a co-benefit of climate investments: evidence from Hungary" - was succesfylly defended in February 2013 and awarded a summa cum laude.