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 "Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Stanislav Martinát
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Department of Environmental Geography, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Drobného 28, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic;
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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Faculty of Agriculture, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Branišovská 1668, 307 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Interests: rural geography; local development; spatial analysis; rural tourism; agricultural change; low carbon transition

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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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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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: Local communities’ energy literacy as a way to rural resilience – an insight from Poland
Authors: Justyna Chodkowska-Miszczuk; Maria Kola-Bezka; Agata Lewandowska; Stanislav Martinát
Affiliation: University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management
Abstract: Energy transition is not only about the technology change, but it also has to deal with the socio-cultural and environmental transformation at local level. Hence, local communities’ energy literacy is crucial in the success of the transition and rural resilience. Energy literacy is a concept related to the multifaceted phenomenon of energy consumption, both in individual and collective dimensions. Therefore the aim of the present study is to analyse energy literacy of the local community, taking into account its three key dimensions (awareness, attitude, and behaviour), as an opportunity to build rural resilience. As results of the study show, there are some indications that the ecological awareness of rural residents is being formed. On the one hand, the needs for rational management of energy, including electricity and heat, come to the fore. On the other hand, we can observe various types of investments improving energy efficiency of residential buildings and enabling energy generation based on RES. They have the potential to become vectors for a just and sustainable rural energy transition, but only if they receive educational reinforcement and long-term institutional support centred on local context and social capital.

Title: Rural Derelict Areas as a Chance for the Development of Renewable Energy Production
Authors: Josef Navrátil; Stanislav Martinát; Petr Klusáček; , Tomáš Krejčí; Kamil Pícha; , Jaroslav Škrabal; Robert Osman
Affiliation: Department of Environmental Geography, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Drobného 28, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Title: Destroying ´rural idyll´ or supporting local development? Competing perceptions, conflicts and community acceptance of wind energy in Romanian Banat
Authors: Bohumil Frantal
Affiliation: Institute of Geonics CAS / Palacky University Olomouc

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