Access to reliable energy services and waste management are major issues affecting inhabitants in informal lowincome settlements. In such contexts, operational data on energy and waste services are often missing since residents habitually resort to untraditional and illegal solutions, hindering analyses and design activities. Energy and waste, however, are strongly connected to people’s behaviour and habits and therefore represent resources that can be influenced through dedicated actions on citizens and places. The paper proposes an analysis of the energy and waste management in the favela of Rocinha (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), identifying actions that might enable an effective improvement of these sectors to transform them into catalysts for urban and social regeneration.
Keywords: Energy poverty; waste management; urban regeneration