Special Issue "Economic Development and Energy Policy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
The historical development of new energy sources, along with recent government policies whose goal is to profoundly alter the energy mix in advanced economies, have had major impacts on both human standards of living (from energy affordability to reliability of provisioning) and humanity’s impact on its natural environment (from water and resource availability to flora and fauna preservation). These impacts are likely to continue, with the potential to influence and, again, transform our energy landscape. This call for papers on “Economic Development and Energy Policy” takes a broad view of energy policy—from laissez-faire to piecemeal or comprehensive government interventions in the forms of tax policy, subsidies, mandates, and regulations—and aims to examine the social and environmental impacts of past and current government interventions (or lack thereof) in various parts of the energy sector. While the main goal of this Special Issue is to ultimately inform policy-making, historical analyses of now-obsolete technologies or institutional arrangements will also be considered if they include a policy dimension. Papers can take the form of either regular research papers or reviews of relevant research.
Prof. Dr. Pierre Desrochers
Manuscript Submission Information
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- energy policy and history
- economic policy and history
- energy policy and standards of living
- energy policy and environmental externalities
- theoretical and philosophical issues in energy policy development
- economic geography
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Barriers´ and drivers´ influence on energy efficiency investments in maritime shipping from an Agency Theory approach
Authors: Ángeles Longarela-Ares 1,*, Anxo Calvo-Silvosa 2 and Benito Pérez-López 3
Affiliation: 1 Universidade da Coruña; [email protected] 2 Universidade da Coruña; [email protected] 3 Universidade da Coruña; [email protected] *Correspondence: [email protected]
Abstract: The maritime transport stands out as a strategic sector and the increasing trend of their traffic makes essential to reduce energy consumption and emissions through investment in energy efficiency. However, investment can be hindered by barriers and drivers are necessary to reduce or overcome them and to promote the implementation of energy efficiency measures (EEMs). Consequently, the purpose of this study is to analyze what factors and how they influence the investment, when there are agency problems in the shipowner-charterer relationship. The methodology consists of a four-phase process: state-of-the-art application; model hypotheses formulation; study sample creation and a binomial logistic regression. The results corroborate the hypotheses and point out that agency problems, especially in Time Charter contracts, make the shipowner less prone to invest, due to conflicts of interest and lack of verified information. Moreover, EEMs are less likely to be implemented on older vessels, maybe due to the difficulty of recovering investment, and legislation encourages their adoption. Also, investment is more likely in larger vessels, with a great activity and high harmful emissions, maybe to compensate their negative impact on environment. Improve the knowledge in this field can help business and governments to act in a more sustainable way without giving up an innovator and competitive sector. Keywords: barrier; driver; energy efficiency; investment; finance; management; sustainability; maritime transport; principal-agent problem; shipping.