Special Issue "Cobenefits of Climate Change Mitigation Strategies in the Energy Sector"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Hooman Farzaneh
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Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
Interests: energy systems modeling; co-benefits assessment of climate change mitigation strategies; energy management in buildings and industries; energy systems integration
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Dr. Eric Zusman
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Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES), Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0115, Japan
Interests: co-benefits; political economy of low carbon development; air pollution regulation; climate policy; sustainable transport; SDGs; multilevel governance
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Effectively addressing the climate emergency requires the deep decarbonization of energy systems. While some climate-related energy policies reflect this realization by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, combined heat and power (CHP), and clean distributed generation (DG), these examples are still limited in number and scope. Rather, cost-conscious policymakers often remain reluctant to invest financial resources and political capital in needed transformative changes to energy systems. Focusing exclusively on these costs nonetheless offers a narrow view of the streams of impacts flowing from more efficient and cleaner energy systems. In fact, more than two decades of research has demonstrated that cleaner air, improved health, new jobs, and other so-called cobenefits can offset these costs. Yet, despite this evidence, the work on cobenefits has yet to persuade decision makers to adopt policies needed to alter energy systems. This Special Issue aims at introducing research methodologies on quantifying, integrating, and advancing cobenefits. These will be complemented examples of the findings from real case studies that have estimated the cobenefits of a variety of national and regional climate-related initiatives.

Assoc. Prof. Hooman Farzaneh
Dr. Eric Zusman
Guest Editors

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  • climate cobenefits
  • quantification models
  • sustainable energy systems
  • sustainable development goals
  • low emission development strategies
  • climate action policies
  • mitigation policies

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Life-Cycle Assessment of the Wastewater Treatment Technologies in Indonesia’s Fish-Processing Industry
Energies 2020, 13(24), 6591; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13246591 - 14 Dec 2020
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In this paper, a comprehensive life-cycle assessment (LCA) is carried out in order to evaluate the multiple environmental-health impacts of the biological wastewater treatment of the fish-processing industry throughout its life cycle. To this aim, the life-cycle impact assessment method based on endpoint [...] Read more.
In this paper, a comprehensive life-cycle assessment (LCA) is carried out in order to evaluate the multiple environmental-health impacts of the biological wastewater treatment of the fish-processing industry throughout its life cycle. To this aim, the life-cycle impact assessment method based on endpoint modeling (LIME) was considered as the main LCA model. The proposed methodology is based on an endpoint modeling framework that uses the conjoint analysis to calculate damage factors for human health, social assets, biodiversity, and primary production, based on Indonesia’s local data inventory. A quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) is integrated with the LIME modeling framework to evaluate the damage on human health caused by five major biological treatment technologies, including chemical-enhanced primary clarification (CEPC), aerobic-activated sludge (AS), up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB), ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) in this industry. Finally, a life-cycle costing (LCC) is carried out, considering all the costs incurred during the lifetime. The LCA results revealed that air pollution and gaseous emissions from electricity consumption have the most significant environmental impacts in all scenarios and all categories. The combined utilization of the UF and RO technologies in the secondary and tertiary treatment processes reduces the health damage caused by microbial diseases, which contributes significantly to reducing overall environmental damage. Full article
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