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The Relationship of Causal Factors Affecting the Future Equilibrium Change of Total Final Energy Consumption in Thailand’s Construction Sector under a Sustainable Development Goal: Enriching the SE-VARX Model

Reviewer 1: Anonymous
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Reviewer 3: Anonymous
Received: 10 December 2018 / Revised: 18 December 2018 / Accepted: 18 December 2018 / Published: 20 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Natural Resource Economics and Policy)

Round  1

Reviewer 1 Report

The presented paper is rather interesting, alas, could be accomplished in the following way.

Authors needed to explain that final energy consumption is affected by myriad factors, not only the ones, authors use in their research. Now the research limitations in the area of chosing variables for the further reseach are not sufficiently discussed.

The list of literature could be extended  by adding the latest sources, e.g.:

Dobrovolskienė, N.; Tvaronavičienė, M.; Tamošiūnienė, R. 2017. Tackling projects on sustainability: a Lithuanian case study, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(4): 477-488. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.4(6)

Prause, G.; Atari, S. 2017. On sustainable production networks for Industry 4.0, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(4): 421-431. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.4(2)

Vegera S, Malei A, Sapeha I, Sushko V (2018). Information support of the circular economy: the objects of accounting at recycling technological cycle stages of industrial waste. Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 6(1): 190-210.  doi: 10.9770/jesi.2018.6.1(13)

Mishenin Y, Koblianska I, Medvid V, Maistrenko Y (2018) Sustainable regional development policy formation: role of industrial ecology and logistics. Enterpreneurship and Sustainability Issues 6(1): 329-341.  doi: 10.9770/jesi.2018.6.1(20)

Fomina, A. V.; Berduygina, O. N.; Shatsky, A. A. 2018. Industrial cooperation and its influence on sustainable economic growth, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 5(3): 467-479. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2018.5.3(4)

Oganisjana, K.; Svirina, A.; Surikova, S.; Grīnberga-Zālīte, G.; Kozlovskis, K. 2017. Engaging universities in social innovation research for understanding sustainability issues, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 5(1): 9-22. 

https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1(1)

Author Response

Dear Reviewer#1

I hope this letter finds you in a good health. I am writing the letter to you with regards to the research article titled, “The Relationship of Causal Factors Affecting the Future Equilibrium Change of Total Final Energy Consumption in Thailand’s Construction Sector under a Sustainable Development Goal: Enriching the SE-VARX Model” which I am the author.  

As a global citizen, I recognize my full responsibility to contribute back to the community from every single way I could. Thus, I would like to contribute my article into your journal as it is the most accessible gateway for the community to benefit. For the past many years. As the project director under one of the Royal Thai ministries, my roles and responsibilities require me to do planning, design and apply the models, as well as implement the policies. As a policymaker, I involve in the national economic, administrative and environmental plans. I made the decision to support the country’s development and sustainable growth. Some important decisions are relevant to reduce and minimize the greenhouse gas emission that causes a climate change and environmental damage. Many of my works, I proposed approaches in management to support the above decisions and reduce the effects of any potential to damage. Also, my research studies are mostly in the areas of energy management for balance consumption, energy planning, climate changes as well as various approaches to solve the above problems with minimal effect to the country and the world at large.

With wider experiences of mine in the energy sector of Thailand, they motivate me to write this article. I, therefore, hope that this research article is of interest to you.  Upon your advice and comments given, I am willing to revise the paper immediately as so to provide the utmost benefits to readers, who are interested in the sustainable development and maximal efficiency. If you have any suggestions or questions pertaining to the article, please do not hesitate to contact me via the email given.

Thank you for your consideration. 

I would like to thank you all reviewers giving me supports, comments and suggestions of which is to enhance this work for a better quality. Hence, I have improved and corrected point by point as suggested by highlighting with red in color. 

Comment for No. 1  Authors needed to explain that final energy consumption is affected by myriad factors, not only the ones, authors use in their research. Now the research limitations in the area of choosing variables for the further reseach are not sufficiently discussed.

Action for No. 1 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 504-522, and 531-537 

 

Comment for No. 2 The list of literature could be extended  by adding the latest sources, e.g.: 

Dobrovolskienė, N.; Tvaronavičienė, M.; Tamošiūnienė, R. 2017. Tackling projects on sustainability: a Lithuanian case study, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(4): 477-488. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.4(6)

Prause, G.; Atari, S. 2017. On sustainable production networks for Industry 4.0, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(4): 421-431. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.4(2)

Vegera S, Malei A, Sapeha I, Sushko V (2018). Information support of the circular economy: the objects of accounting at recycling technological cycle stages of industrial waste. Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 6(1): 190-210, doi:10.9770/jesi.2018.6.1(13).

Mishenin Y, Koblianska I, Medvid V, Maistrenko Y (2018) Sustainable regional development policy formation: role of industrial ecology and logistics. Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 6(1): 329-341, doi: 10.9770/jesi.2018.6.1(20).

Fomina, A. V.; Berduygina, O. N.; Shatsky, A. A. 2018. Industrial cooperation and its influence on sustainable economic growth, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 5(3): 467-479. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2018.5.3(4)

Oganisjana, K.; Svirina, A.; Surikova, S.; Grīnberga-Zālīte, G.; Kozlovskis, K. 2017. Engaging universities in social innovation research for understanding sustainability issues, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 5(1): 9-22. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1(1)

Action for No. 2 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 240-264

 

I have sent the paper for English editing already with ID: English 6976 (From MDPI) 

 

Best regards,


Dr. Jindamas Sutthichaimethee


Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Reviewer 2 Report

The work must be published. But to my understanding it has some difficulties of understanding.  1. From the outset, it is a contribution with a high econometric content; it is more a methodological contribution than an empirical result. For example, I find the mathematical and formalized apparatus excessive (see, for example, line 338: a disaggregation that does not explain much and may confuse the reader). I would lighten the econometric apparatus more to focus, above all, on the applicability of the chosen modeling instrument.

2. As a result of the above, we get more specific comments on the application of the model from line 434, and with the presentation of figure 2. Practically all the previous text is justificative of the econometric tools used. 

3. Despite these critical comments, I consider that the author makes a great methodological effort to venture the behavior of final energy consumption, from the introduction of different indicators, and with a distant future horizon. This is of great consideration on my part. For this reason I think that the work deserves to be published if the necessary adjustments are made to "download" it from econometrics (the methodological comments could even go to the end of the article, in the form of an appendix), so as not to dispel the attention of the reader that seeks, precisely, concrete results.


Author Response

Dear Reviewer#2

I hope this letter finds you in a good health. I am writing the letter to you with regards to the research article titled, “The Relationship of Causal Factors Affecting the Future Equilibrium Change of Total Final Energy Consumption in Thailand’s Construction Sector under a Sustainable Development Goal: Enriching the SE-VARX Model” which I am the author.  

As a global citizen, I recognize my full responsibility to contribute back to the community from every single way I could. Thus, I would like to contribute my article into your journal as it is the most accessible gateway for the community to benefit. For the past many years. As the project director under one of the Royal Thai ministries, my roles and responsibilities require me to do planning, design and apply the models, as well as implement the policies. As a policymaker, I involve in the national economic, administrative and environmental plans. I made the decision to support the country’s development and sustainable growth. Some important decisions are relevant to reduce and minimize the greenhouse gas emission that causes a climate change and environmental damage. Many of my works, I proposed approaches in management to support the above decisions and reduce the effects of any potential to damage. Also, my research studies are mostly in the areas of energy management for balance consumption, energy planning, climate changes as well as various approaches to solve the above problems with minimal effect to the country and the world at large.

With wider experiences of mine in the energy sector of Thailand, they motivate me to write this article. I, therefore, hope that this research article is of interest to you.  Upon your advice and comments given, I am willing to revise the paper immediately as so to provide the utmost benefits to readers, who are interested in the sustainable development and maximal efficiency. If you have any suggestions or questions pertaining to the article, please do not hesitate to contact me via the email given.

Thank you for your consideration. 

I would like to thank you all reviewers giving me supports, comments and suggestions of which is to enhance this work for a better quality. Hence, I have improved and corrected point by point as suggested by highlighting with red in color.  

 

Comment for No. 1  The work must be published. But to my understanding it has some difficulties of understanding.  1. From the outset, it is a contribution with a high econometric content; it is more a methodological contribution than an empirical result. For example, I find the mathematical and formalized apparatus excessive (see, for example, line 338: a disaggregation that does not explain much and may confuse the reader). I would lighten the econometric apparatus more to focus, above all, on the applicability of the chosen modeling instrument.

Action for No. 1 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 372-373 

Comment for No. 2 Despite these critical comments, I consider that the author makes a great methodological effort to venture the behavior of final energy consumption, from the introduction of different indicators, and with a distant future horizon. This is of great consideration on my part. For this reason I think that the work deserves to be published if the necessary adjustments are made to "download" it from econometrics (the methodological comments could even go to the end of the article, in the form of an appendix), so as not to dispel the attention of the reader that seeks, precisely, concrete results.

Action for No. 2 : To the reviewer, for this particular comment, the researchers have made a correction by removing the complex equations and replacing them with the simpler equations as to provide a clearer picture for the readers. Thus, I would like to humbly request adding them in the section of material and method instead of the appendix section. Hopefully, you would agree as I do my best to follow your comment. Please do accept my apology and I hope your concern is addressed. 

 

I have sent the paper for English editing already with ID: English 6976 (From MDPI) 

 

Best regards,


Dr. Jindamas Sutthichaimethee


Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Reviewer 3 Report

The paper analyzes the influence of the relationship between causal factors that affects the future equilibrium of the total final energy consumption in the construction sector of Thailand under the sustainable development policy for the period 2019-2028. The analysis was achieved with the application of the Structure Equilibrium-Vector Autoregressive with Exogenous Variables model.

 

The topic of the paper is interesting as well as the academic contribution of the work, but the authors should improve the work according to the following indications.

 

1. In the introduction:

 

(1.1) the authors should discuss international situation, regulations, and approaches;

(1.2) the authors should motivate their research to be of high interest for a even broader group of addressees.

 

2. The brief explanation of how the article has been structured, reported in the literature review section, should be inserted in the introduction.

 

3. The tables and figures should report the sources.

 

4. The authors should discuss how the results can be interpreted in perspective of previous studies and of the working hypotheses.


5. Moderate English changes required.


Author Response

Dear Reviewer#3

I hope this letter finds you in a good health. I am writing the letter to you with regards to the research article titled, “The Relationship of Causal Factors Affecting the Future Equilibrium Change of Total Final Energy Consumption in Thailand’s Construction Sector under a Sustainable Development Goal: Enriching the SE-VARX Model” which I am the author.  

As a global citizen, I recognize my full responsibility to contribute back to the community from every single way I could. Thus, I would like to contribute my article into your journal as it is the most accessible gateway for the community to benefit. For the past many years. As the project director under one of the Royal Thai ministries, my roles and responsibilities require me to do planning, design and apply the models, as well as implement the policies. As a policymaker, I involve in the national economic, administrative and environmental plans. I made the decision to support the country’s development and sustainable growth. Some important decisions are relevant to reduce and minimize the greenhouse gas emission that causes a climate change and environmental damage. Many of my works, I proposed approaches in management to support the above decisions and reduce the effects of any potential to damage. Also, my research studies are mostly in the areas of energy management for balance consumption, energy planning, climate changes as well as various approaches to solve the above problems with minimal effect to the country and the world at large.

With wider experiences of mine in the energy sector of Thailand, they motivate me to write this article. I, therefore, hope that this research article is of interest to you.  Upon your advice and comments given, I am willing to revise the paper immediately as so to provide the utmost benefits to readers, who are interested in the sustainable development and maximal efficiency. If you have any suggestions or questions pertaining to the article, please do not hesitate to contact me via the email given.

Thank you for your consideration. 

I would like to thank you all reviewers giving me supports, comments and suggestions of which is to enhance this work for a better quality. Hence, I have improved and corrected point by point as suggested by highlighting with red in color. 

Comment for No. 1  In the introduction:

1.1         the authors should discuss international situation, regulations, and approaches;

Action for No. 1.1 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 62-72 

 

1.2 the authors should motivate their research to be of high interest for a even broader group of addressees.

Action for No. 1.2 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 73-80 

 

Comment for No. 2 The brief explanation of how the article has been structured, reported in the literature review section, should be inserted in the introduction.

Action for No. 2 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 81-264 and 292

 

Comment for No. 3 The tables and figures should report the sources.

Action for No. 3 : I was revise every table and Figure

 

Comment for No. 4 The authors should discuss how the results can be interpreted in perspective of previous studies and of the working hypotheses.

Action for No. 4 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 504-522 

 

Comment for No. 5  Moderate English changes required.

Action for No. 5 : I have sent the paper for English editing already with ID: English 6976 (From MDPI) 

 

Best regards

Dr. Jindamas Sutthichaimethee 


Author Response File: Author Response.docx

Round  2

Reviewer 2 Report

Surely it must be complex to eliminate something else from the econometric apparatus. I have always believed that econometric tools are essential; but they should not become the central object of an investigation. I think that in this new version the author has made an effort on the subject


Author Response

Dear Reviewer#2

I hope this letter finds you in a good health. I am writing the letter to you with regards to the research article titled, “The Relationship of Causal Factors Affecting the Future Equilibrium Change of Total Final Energy Consumption in Thailand’s Construction Sector under a Sustainable Development Goal: Enriching the SE-VARX Model” which I am the author. 

I try the revised version 


thank you for everything


Best regards

Sutthichaimethee, J.

Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Reviewer 3 Report

The authors implemented their work according to my previous review report about the points 2, 3 and 5.


In reference to the points 1.1, 1.2 and 4 of my previous review report, the authors should still implement their work according to the following indications.


The work should be more contextualised in the world (it focuses a lot on Thailand) and motivated to be of high interest for a even broader group of addressees (this was not done by authors).

The lines 504-522 should report the sources.

Author Response

Dear Reviewer#3

I hope this letter finds you in a good health. I am writing the letter to you with regards to the research article titled, “The Relationship of Causal Factors Affecting the Future Equilibrium Change of Total Final Energy Consumption in Thailand’s Construction Sector under a Sustainable Development Goal: Enriching the SE-VARX Model” which I am the author.

I would like to thank you all reviewers giving me supports, comments and suggestions of which is to enhance this work for a better quality. Hence, I have improved and corrected point by point as suggested by highlighting with red in colour. 


Comment for No. 1 The work should be more contextualised in the world (it focuses a lot on Thailand) and motivated to be of high interest for a even broader group of addressees (this was not done by authors).

Action for No. 1: The corrections have been made and shown in line 42-60, 62-94 

Comment for No. 2 The lines 504-522 should report the sources.

Action for No. 2 : The corrections have been made and shown in line 519-537

 

Best regards,


Dr. Jindamas Sutthichaimethee 


Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Round  3

Reviewer 3 Report

Now the authors implemented their manuscript according to the indications of my previous review report. For this reason, I suggest the acceptance of the paper in present form.

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