Special Issue "Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Today and in the Future"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Environment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Frauke Urban
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Department of Industrial Economics and Management INDEK, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: energy transitions; renewable energy; energy policy; climate policy; decarbonization; innovation; industrial dynamics; green transformations
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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite you to submit a paper for a Special Issue on “Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Today and in the Future” in Energies (impact factor 2.702): https://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies.

Climate change urgently needs to be mitigated. Limiting global atmospheric temperature increases to below 2 degrees by the end of the century, as per the Paris Agreement aims, can only be achieved through low carbon energy transitions. The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to outline state-of-the-art low carbon energy transitions, for today and for the future. Papers should analyze both present and future low carbon energy transitions to achieve the Paris Agreement targets.

Huge technical and economic improvements have been made in recent years with regard to transitions to low carbon energy, especially in solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass. In some countries, low carbon energy already plays a large role in the power sector, while the bottlenecks are the transportation sector and the industrial sector.

This Special Issue aims to analyze low carbon energy transitions in all sectors, the power sector, transport (by air, land, and water), industries, agriculture, services, and households (especially urban areas). The emphasis is on transitions to renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal energy, hydropower, marine energy, solar energy, wind energy), as well as nuclear energy, carbon capture and storage and negative emission technologies such as BECCS.

The Special Issue aims to address sociotechnical transition pathways, taking into account the diffusion of innovation, how niche innovation can break through at the regime level, the relevance of business models, and the wider role of socioeconomic and political factors to achieve low carbon energy transitions. The Special Issue welcomes both qualitative and quantitative studies, as well as empirical and theoretical contributions, from a range of different disciplines and approaches.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Frauke Urban
Guest Editor

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  • energy transitions
  • renewable energy
  • biofuels/biomass
  • geothermal energy
  • hydropower
  • marine energy
  • solar energy
  • wind energy
  • negative emission technologies
  • energy policy
  • climate policy
  • decarbonization
  • innovation
  • sociotechnical systems
  • green transformations
  • scenario analysis
  • power sector
  • transportation industries
  • agriculture
  • services
  • households
  • urban areas
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate change mitigation

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Towards Deep Decarbonisation of Energy-Intensive Industries: A Review of Current Status, Technologies and Policies
Energies 2021, 14(9), 2408; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092408 - 23 Apr 2021
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Industries account for about 30% of total final energy consumption worldwide and about 20% of global CO2 emissions. While transitions towards renewable energy have occurred in many parts of the world in the energy sectors, the industrial sectors have been lagging behind. [...] Read more.
Industries account for about 30% of total final energy consumption worldwide and about 20% of global CO2 emissions. While transitions towards renewable energy have occurred in many parts of the world in the energy sectors, the industrial sectors have been lagging behind. Decarbonising the energy-intensive industrial sectors is however important for mitigating emissions leading to climate change. This paper analyses various technological trajectories and key policies for decarbonising energy-intensive industries: steel, mining and minerals, cement, pulp and paper and refinery. Electrification, fuel switching to low carbon fuels together with technological breakthroughs such as fossil-free steel production and CCS are required to bring emissions from energy-intensive industry down to net-zero. A long-term credible carbon price, support for technological development in various parts of the innovation chain, policies for creating markets for low-carbon materials and the right condition for electrification and increased use of biofuels will be essential for a successful transition towards carbon neutrality. The study focuses on Sweden as a reference case, as it is one of the most advanced countries in the decarbonisation of industries. The paper concludes that it may be technically feasible to deep decarbonise energy-intensive industries by 2045, given financial and political support. Full article
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