Special Issue "Challenges and Research Trends of Energy Transition in Fuel-Dependent Regions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marcin Wójcik
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Department of Social and Regional Geography, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, University of Lodz, S. Kopcińskiego 31, 90-142 Łódź, Poland
Interests: economic geography; space management; planning; system concept
Prof. Dr. Justyna Chodkowska-Miszczuk
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Department of Urban and Regional Development Studies, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Lwowska 1, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Interests: sustainability; energy transition; local development; ecological awareness
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Dear Colleagues,

The contemporary world is facing the challenges of the energy transition. In many regions (e.g., EU countries), there is a far-reaching economic and technological policy. One of the reasons for this is advanced climate change, which is threatening the entire planet. In this case, fuel-dependent regions face many challenges regarding this process’ sociocultural, economic, ecological, and spatial aspects. The goal is a just transition toward a climate-neutral economy. 

The energy transition is a cross-sectoral, multifaceted sociotechnological issue. However, this process is also characterized by economic (e.g., changes in the labor market), cultural, institutional, and policy concerns. Moreover, the just energy transition needs many spatial and landscape changes, e.g., a new settlement system organization, and energy power grid management. The energy policy will define many development megatrends in the near future, including a New Green Deal. It is worth identifying and familiarizing ourselves with the current conditions, opportunities, and challenges of fuel-dependent regions’ energy transition. 

Prof. Dr. Marcin Wójcik
Prof. Dr. Justyna Chodkowska-Miszczuk
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Energy transition
  • Fuel-dependent regions
  • Political economy
  • Sociocultural aspects of energy transition
  • Energy landscape
  • Technological trends
  • Territorial management
  • Just transition

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Energy Transitions in Western European Countries: Regulation Comparative Analysis
Energies 2021, 14(13), 3940; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14133940 - 01 Jul 2021
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Shifting from fossil to renewable energy sources is a major global challenge, and in this context, the European Union has promoted sustainable and environmentally friendly growth as early as the Maastricht Treaty of 1992. To date, European institutions have promulgated a series of [...] Read more.
Shifting from fossil to renewable energy sources is a major global challenge, and in this context, the European Union has promoted sustainable and environmentally friendly growth as early as the Maastricht Treaty of 1992. To date, European institutions have promulgated a series of environmental regulations and directives aimed at promoting and imposing adoption by member states of internal regulations. This paper is focused on Western Europe, and it explores, for each state under analysis, energy policies adopted, the results achieved and recommendations for the future growth of renewable energy. The results show that in countries where energy policy is not fragmented, the yield in renewable energies has been higher, and also in the states where more and various forms of subsidies are foreseen, growth seems to be greater. Finally, the paper provides useful recommendations and future policy implications for states that have not met the 2020 targets. Full article
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