Energy Subsidies in Argentina Lead to Inequalities and Low Thermal Efficiency

TitleEnergy Subsidies in Argentina Lead to Inequalities and Low Thermal Efficiency
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGonzalez, AD
JournalEnergies
Volume2
Issue3
Pagination769-788
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number1996-1073
Abstract

Natural gas is the main energy resource for buildings in Argentina. Since 2002, subsidies have kept the prices of this fuel between 9 and 26 times lower than regular prices in other countries. The lowest prices are the result of climate-related subsidies. In cold areas, heating uses several times more energy than locations in Europe with a similar climate. A potential for consumption reductions of up to 70% suggests a very low building thermal performance. The main barriers to finding a solution are the heavy subsidies and public unawareness. Users, government officials, and construction professionals do not identify the very low thermal efficiency. Energy policies to encourage improvements are proposed.

DOI10.3390/en20300769