Special Issue "Advances in Environmental, Economic and Social Assessment of Energy Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (6 December 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: data envelopment analysis; energy systems modelling; life cycle assessment; life cycle costing; multi-criteria decision analysis; sustainability assessment
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The overall energy sector calls for a transformation from a fossil-based system to a low-carbon one. At a technology level, significant efforts are made to provide energy solutions contributing to a sustainable energy system. However, the actual suitability of these solutions is often not checked. In this sense, the assessment of energy systems from a life-cycle perspective is of paramount importance when it comes to effectively planning the energy sector. While environmental issues are commonly addressed through the use of the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, the comprehensive evaluation of the economic and social aspects of energy systems often remains ignored or underdeveloped. In fact, methodological advances in the field of energy systems are needed in order to facilitate sensible decision-making processes from a sustainability standpoint. For instance, significant efforts are needed to (i) enable the robust comparative life-cycle studies of energy technologies, (ii) evaluate socio-environmental external costs of energy technologies, (iii) evaluate the social life-cycle indicators of energy systems, (iv) develop energy models provided with life-cycle indicators for long-term energy planning, and (v) jointly interpret sustainability indicators within multi-dimensional and multi-criteria analyses.
This Special Issue welcomes scientific articles in the field of the life-cycle analysis of energy systems. These articles are expected to include a relevant methodological component by applying a novel methodological framework to relevant energy case studies. These case studies could refer to a technology, a set of technologies, or even a sector (electricity, transport, or the whole energy sector, within a given geographical scope). In addition to original articles addressing the LCA, life cycle costing (LCC), and/or social life cycle assessment (SLCA) of energy systems, works on the combination of life cycle and non-life cycle approaches for the thorough evaluation of energy systems are also welcome.
Dr. Diego Iribarren
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- Carbon footprint assessment
- Energy planning
- Energy systems analysis
- Energy systems modelling
- External cost
- Life cycle assessment
- Life cycle costing
- Life cycle sustainability assessment
- Multi-criteria decision analysis
- Prospective life cycle assessment
- Social life cycle assessment
- Sustainability assessment
- Technology roadmapping