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Special Issue "Exploring the Socio-Spatial Processes behind a Low-Carbon Transition in the Countryside"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 2449

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Stanislav Martinát
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1. Department of Environmental Geography, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Drobného 28, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2. Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Interests: low-carbon transition; diffusion and uptake of renewable energy; socio-spatial consequences of renewable energy; agricultural change; bioenergies; brownfield regeneration; community development
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Dr. Josef Navrátil
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Department of Biological Studies, Faculty of Agriculture, University of South Bohemia, CZ-37005 Českédějovice, Czech Republic
Interests: land use; brownfield; energy; tourism
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Special Issue Information

    We seek to reply to this unprecedented social, economic, environmental, and technological challenge with our call for the Special Issue of Energies on ways in which the countryside, and especially the peripheral countryside, and its population could benefit when gradually transformed and regenerated according to green and low-carbon principles. We are primarily interested in social and spatial processes that occur around the occurrence of renewable energy projects, low-carbon regeneration of brownfield sites in the countryside, and agricultural restructuring. We are also keen to learn more about the spreading of innovations in rural conditions and would like to better understand how these innovations are accepted (or refused) by rural populations.

    There is no doubt that the transformation of the countryside has to be built on the principles of a green and low-carbon economy, as our future development is highly dependent on our much friendlier behaviour towards the environment.

 

Keywords

  • low-carbon transition
  • social and spatial consequences
  • countryside for the future
  • rural and community development
  • peripheral regions
  • acceptance of renewable energy projects
  • rural innovations
  • agricultural change

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Conversion of Post-Socialist Agricultural Premises as a Chance for Renewable Energy Production. Photovoltaics or Biogas Plants?
Energies 2021, 14(21), 7164; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14217164 - 01 Nov 2021
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We aim to contribute to in-depth comprehension of the factors and preferences behind the reuses of large-scale underused or abandoned former collective farms from the 1950s–1980s for biogas plants and solar photovoltaic power plants. As a case study, three regions in the southern [...] Read more.
We aim to contribute to in-depth comprehension of the factors and preferences behind the reuses of large-scale underused or abandoned former collective farms from the 1950s–1980s for biogas plants and solar photovoltaic power plants. As a case study, three regions in the southern part of the Czech Republic have been selected. Our findings signal that the residents’ attitudes towards the mentioned energy sources are rather negative. Similarly, farmers’ interest in photovoltaic power plants is low. More interest has been detected in the case of biogas production; this is especially true for large agricultural companies and farmers, who own underused or abandoned premises. Biogas plants are frequently located in agricultural areas with warmer or just slightly colder climates as a consequence of the potential to process locally grown maize. On the other hand, photovoltaic power plants are found on more fertile plains with high levels of insolation, but, surprisingly, also in mountain regions which typically have low emissions. Both renewable energy solutions were found to be problematic as there is strong opposition to both types of installations among local inhabitants. This indicates the need for “soft” forms of planning. Stakeholder engagement and inclusive participation in all phases of the planning process are essential requirements for arriving at the best possible outcomes for the new renewable energy solutions and their acceptance by the public. Full article
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Local Communities’ Energy Literacy as a Way to Rural Resilience—An Insight from Inner Peripheries
Energies 2021, 14(9), 2575; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092575 - 30 Apr 2021
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Energy transition is surely not only about the technological change, but it also has to necessarily reflect socio-cultural and environmental transformations on the local level. Hence, local communities’ energy literacy belongs to the crucial elements in designing successful energy transition and strengthening rural [...] Read more.
Energy transition is surely not only about the technological change, but it also has to necessarily reflect socio-cultural and environmental transformations on the local level. Hence, local communities’ energy literacy belongs to the crucial elements in designing successful energy transition and strengthening rural resilience. Energy literacy is a concept widely related to the multifaceted phenomenon of energy consumption, both in its individual and collective dimensions. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to analyse the level of energy literacy in rural conditions, considering its three key dimensions (awareness, attitude, and behaviour). Our reflective considerations about energy literacy build on the current knowledge that stress its importance for the reinforcement of rural resilience. The case study, Zławieś Wielka, in the north-central Poland, was selected where a social survey (N = 300) on the relation between energy literacy and rural resilience was conducted. By means of employing the cross-tabulations method for data analyses, our results signal that certain indications of the ecological awareness among the rural residents are being formed. Our findings clearly suggest that, on the one hand, the needs for more environmentally reasonable management with energy, including electricity and heat, come to the fore. On the other hand, various types of investments in improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings and utilising energy generation from renewable energy sources are observed. It seems that the surveyed community has a clear potential to become the vector for sustainable and just energy transition of the countryside. The essential conditions that urgently need to be implemented to ensure the viability of rural energy transition are the educational reinforcement within the community and more generous long-term institutional support from the central government, targeted on endogenous development and enhancing the local social capital. Full article
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