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Special Issue "Energy Efficient Cities of Today and Tomorrow"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jukka Heinonen

Sustainable Built Environment, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iceland, Iceland
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Interests: sustainable built environment; life cycle assessments; carbon footprinting; greenhouse gas mitigation; sustainable urban development; built environment life cycle economics
Guest Editor
Assistant Prof. Dr. Sanna Ala-Mantila

Sustainable Urban Systems, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) & Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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Interests: sustainability; urbanization; climate change; well-being; segregation
Guest Editor
Dr. Ortzi Akizu-Gardoki

Graphic Design and Engineering Projects Department, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Interests: energy footprint; energy transitions; input-output analysis; sustainability; well-being

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world needs to change. With rapid ongoing urbanization and ever-growing harmful environmental impacts from urban areas, the focus of this required sustainability transformation is on cities. However, cities are known to create wealth and economic growth. Cities are also providing their citizens with evermore diverse consumption opportunities, making the lifestyles of city dwellers more and more consumption-oriented. This inevitably leads to increased energy demands and emissions in cities due to needed infrastructure and real estate development, the increased energy demands of users, and the increased energy embodied in the goods and services consumed within cities. Concurrently, we are facing imminent pressure to significantly reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at all levels of society. This pressure behoves cities to re-establish themselves as low-energy/low-carbon urban ecosystems.

There has been an ongoing, lively academic discourse on the Issue for several years, so far without widely accepted or unanimous solutions. This Special Issue “Energy Efficient Cities of Today and Tomorrow” seeks to enhance this conversation and provide a more profound understanding of the future energy requirements of urban areas and low-energy and low-carbon cities.

We welcome both conceptual and empirical study papers. Papers involving energy or greenhouse gas simulation and modeling are likewise welcomed. The following list of topics is in no way exhaustive, but is intended to inspire the authors’ writing. All topics relevant to the theme of ‘’Energy Efficient Cities of Today and Tomorrow’’ are equally welcomed. Potential topics include the following:

  • Low-energy/low-carbon city concepts;
  • Energy solutions for low-carbon urban areas;
  • Low-energy/low-carbon urban ecosystems;
  • Energy-efficient urban transitions;
  • Sustainable urban living;
  • Drivers and barriers for low-energy/low-carbon solutions;
  • Energy system changes in urban communities.

Papers presenting research results with sound academic contributions and high societal impact potential are particularly welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Jukka Heinonen
Assistant Prof. Dr. Sanna Ala-Mantila
Dr. Ortzi Akizu-Gardoki
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Low-energy/low-carbon city concepts
  • Energy solutions for low-carbon urban areas
  • Low-energy/low-carbon urban ecosystems
  • Energy-efficient urban transitions
  • Sustainable urban living
  • Drivers and barriers for low-energy/low-carbon solutions
  • Energy system changes in urban communities.

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A Comparative Analysis of House Owners in Need of Energy Efficiency Measures but with Different Intentions
Energies 2019, 12(12), 2267; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12122267
Received: 1 May 2019 / Revised: 2 June 2019 / Accepted: 8 June 2019 / Published: 13 June 2019
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Existing private homes in Germany and throughout Europe often are in need of energy efficient refurbishment measures (EERMs). However, these EERMs are not realized on the required level in order to achieve environment-related political targets. Therefore we investigate, based on an online survey [...] Read more.
Existing private homes in Germany and throughout Europe often are in need of energy efficient refurbishment measures (EERMs). However, these EERMs are not realized on the required level in order to achieve environment-related political targets. Therefore we investigate, based on an online survey of 1085 German owner-occupiers, the factors that differentiate two groups of single- and two-family house owners in need of EERM. Using an extended version of the Theory of Planned Behavior as a research framework, the performed logistic regression analysis shows that e.g., behavioral beliefs are significant factors for differentiating “Future-Refurbishers” from “Non-Refurbishers”. Based on our results we suggest an enhancement of practice-orientated initiatives, e.g., refurbishment workshops or best-practice presentations. By presenting the aesthetic appearance of refurbished buildings or providing knowledge, other owner-occupiers could be motivated to engage in EERM. In addition to funding programs, initiatives like this can be used to increase the general energy efficiency of buildings and specifically of those in cities and urban districts, where a high share of the mentioned houses is located and greenhouse gas emissions are caused to a great extent. Full article
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The Geographical Distribution and Correlates of Pro-Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors in an Urban Region
Energies 2019, 12(8), 1540; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12081540
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 18 April 2019 / Published: 24 April 2019
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A lot of emphasis has been put on the densification of urban form to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. However, many recent studies have found that central urban dwellers, even though their carbon footprints of daily transportation may be lower, might be [...] Read more.
A lot of emphasis has been put on the densification of urban form to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. However, many recent studies have found that central urban dwellers, even though their carbon footprints of daily transportation may be lower, might be responsible for higher total emissions than those that reside in suburban areas. Similarly, as with the urban form, higher environmental concern is often considered as an indicator of lower emissions, but several studies have found that pro-environmental attitude (PEA) does not always correlate with less energy intensive behavior. This study analyzes how urban zones, PEA, and several sociodemographic variables are associated with annual travel emissions and pro-environmental behaviors (PEB), using a dataset collected with a map-based online survey (softGIS) survey, contributed by 841 participants from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (HMA), Finland. Although PEA can affect PEBs related to household energy consumption (β = 0.282, p < 0.001), clothing (β = 0.447, p < 0.001) and produce purchases (β = 0.449, p < 0.0001), their relationship with emissions from local (β = −0.067), national (β = −0.019) and international (β = −0.016) travel was not significant. Clusters of low emissions from local travel and high international travel emissions were found in pedestrian-oriented urban zones and residents of car-oriented zones were more likely to conserve household energy (β = 0.102, p < 0.05). These results might help broaden the current perspective of city planners, as well as identify opportunities for more effective mitigation policies. Full article
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