The transformation of the energy system requires broad social acceptance in view of the associated far-reaching changes. That is why the consideration of social concerns is of central importance for the success of the energy transition as a collective effort.
Against the background of the high energy cost burden of low-income households, it is otherwise likely that ambitious climate mitigation measures will be undermined by socio-political objections. The socially just design of the energy system transformation therefore requires the adaptation of energy-related social legislation.
In order to successfully meet this challenge, recommendations for legislative changes to reduce the energy consumption and the energy cost burden of social benefit recipients are presented in this paper. The aim is to amend social benefits in accordance with the current legislation in such a way that aspects of energy efficiency are better taken into account.