Special Issue "Economic Analysis and Policies for the Environment, Natural Resources and Energy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. George Halkos
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Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, Volos, Nea Ionia 38445, Greece
Interests: applied statistics and econometrics; simulations of economic modeling natural resource and environmental economics; applied micro-economics with emphasis in welfare economics; air pollution; game theory; mathematical models (non-linear programming)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, there has been significant research interest in tackling the various environmental problems with the associated findings of empirical applications and their policy implications. The aim of this Special Issue is to consider economic analysis in terms of the most updated and advanced empirical and theoretical methods applied in various environmental, resource, and energy problems.

The main purpose of this Special Issue is to feature the theoretical and empirical practice of sustainable policy performance measurement. The progress of green economy includes topics such as: indicators and measures to characterize environmental sustainability; methodological issues in order to indicate and present spatio-temporal patterns of resource and energy use and associated pollution; computational frameworks for comparisons of environmental management among economies/economic sectors/socio-economic systems; and techniques to define (design) the structure, dynamics, and change in ecosystems. Results will be discussed in support of sustainable energy policies. This Special Issue seeks the methodological framework to contribute to sustainable energy policy development, provide energy policy initiatives targeted to socio-economic goods/benefit, to capture sustainability obstacles and negative environmental impacts, and to highlight links and interactions between economic and environmental systems.

The expected outcome is to set targets, propose models for sustainable growth and energy policies, and analyze policy interactions. Potential contributors are researchers and specialists in environmental, natural resources, and energy economics; ecologists; and environmental engineers.

Prof. Dr. George Halkos
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Keywords

  • Economic growth and the environment: eco-friendly policies
  • Methodologies for studying the environment in all its dimensions: the visual dimension, pollution, the despoliation of resources, air and water quality, noise pollution
  • Biodiversity and valuation
  • Acid rain, deforestation, ozone depletion, polluted seas
  • Global warming and climate change
  • Population, poverty and economic growth
  • Decoupling of environmental and resource pressures
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Environmental efficiency and productivity analysis
  • Sustainable development
  • Waste management
  • Unexpected events

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Are Sub-National Agreements for Carbon Abatement Effective?
Energies 2020, 13(14), 3675; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13143675 - 16 Jul 2020
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Although national commitments to the Paris Climate Accord have waned, carbon mitigation by sub-national entities is on the rise globally. We examine the effectiveness of sub-national jurisdictions (e.g., states, provinces, cities) in collectively enacting greenhouse gas abatement strategies. We develop a simple model [...] Read more.
Although national commitments to the Paris Climate Accord have waned, carbon mitigation by sub-national entities is on the rise globally. We examine the effectiveness of sub-national jurisdictions (e.g., states, provinces, cities) in collectively enacting greenhouse gas abatement strategies. We develop a simple model to explore the conditions under which an agreement among sub-national jurisdictions within a country may lead to substantial carbon abatement relative to a national policy determined through majority rule. We find that, in the absence of a functional national policy response, a coordinated sub-national agreement can generate meaningful abatement. This could form an important stopgap measure in the absence of better alternatives. Full article
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Title: Are Sub-National Agreements for Carbon Abatement Effective?
Authors: Terry Iverson; Edward B. Barbier; Joanne C. Burgess
Affiliation: Department of Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Abstract: Although national commitments to the Paris Climate Accord have waned, carbon mitigation by sub-national entities is on the rise globally. We examine the effectiveness of sub-national jurisdictions (e.g. states, provinces or cities) in collectively enacting greenhouse gas abatement strategies compared to a national agreement. We develop a simple model to explore conditions under which an agreement among sub-national jurisdictions within a country might lead to greater aggregate carbon abatement than a national climate policy determined through majority rule. We find that, absent a functional national policy response, a coordinated sub-national agreement can generate meaningful abatement, and thus could form an important stopgap measure absent better alternatives.

Title: New methods to Assess the Impact of Energy Efficiency Policies on Energy Consumption and Energy Savings in the EU Member States
Authors: Paolo Bertoldi
Affiliation: Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Abstract: Over the last two decades, the European Union and its Member States have introduced policies aimed at improving energy efficiency. For policy makers at the European and national level it is important to know how effective energy policies and measures are and how much energy has been saved, in particular towards the 2020 and 2030 energy saving targets. Alongside the evaluation of the energy savings, it is also necessary to collect as much information and knowledge as possible about energy consumption trends and factors influencing energy consumption. Moreover, for policy makers it is crucial that a monitoring and evaluation method is giving good and reliable results on the one hand and is relatively easy and straightforward to use in practice on the other hand. The purpose of this article is to present three econometric models aimed at estimating the energy savings induced by energy efficiency policies in the EU Member States. The first methods is based on a forecasted energy consumption. The forecasted consumption is then compared with the actual consumption. The differences between the forecasted and the actual consumption can be interpreted as the estimated energy savings. In the second and third models an explicit measure of Energy Policy Intensity based respectively on the MURE database and on the ODEX index are used as explanatory variables in a panel model. All three models suggest that energy consumption in the EU would have been higher in the absence of energy efficiency policies.

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