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Greening Energy to Shape a Sustainable Future

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 1774

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GECAD-Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development, Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), P-4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: artificial intelligence; demand response; electric vehicles; electricity markets; power and energy systems; renewable and sustainable energy; smart grids
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Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology (CIETI) and School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
Interests: energy quality; energy and buildings; energy and environmental indicators; renewable energy systems; sustainable energy systems; engineering education
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Dear Colleagues,

Globalization impacted World development in unexpected ways. With energy needs increasing exponentially, the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how impactful are activities, such as travelling or working from home, not only from the point of view of energy consumption but also on the point of view of environmental consequences. In spite of the apparent control of this pandemic, a war in Europe and an outbreak of monkey pox are now showing that there is much work to do in what concerns the provision of energy, keeping in mind that there is an ever growing need to produce and use energy more sustainably. Thus, it is mandatory to decarbonize energy while it is also urgent to find alternative sources of energy.

Sustainable development can only be achieved through elimination of fossil fuel dependence, local production and storage of energy, and a more responsible energy consumption. Therefore, the availability of alternative or redundant energy distribution networks and energy storage systems empowerment of energy end users, namely in the scope of citizen renewable energy communities and the use of effective demand response schemes, are fundamental to ensure sustainable development for all.

This Special Issue, Greening Energy to Shape a Sustainable Future, welcomes original and innovative contributions addressing the challenges of energy provision in a World that is developing at different paces and with different resources available, but keeping in mind the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in terms of what concerns the contributions for climate change mitigation and energy decarbonization. Thus, papers considering the aspects related with production, distribution, and use of cleaner forms of energy are welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to, business and economic models for energy production, distribution, and supply; carbon footprint of energy systems; electric vehicles; energy decarbonization; energy efficiency; energy management; energy markets; energy policy; energy storage; hydrogen production, use and storage; LCA of energy systems; renewable energy; renewable energy comunities; smart and energy-efficient buildings; smart energy systems; water-energy nexus.

Prof. Dr. Nídia Caetano
Prof. Dr. Zita Vale
Prof. Dr. Carlos Felgueiras
Guest Editors

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  • blue hydrogen
  • business and economic models for the energy sector
  • energy efficiency
  • energy decarbonization
  • energy-efficient buildings
  • energy management
  • energy markets
  • energy policy
  • energy storage
  • hydrogen
  • integration of electric vehicles
  • LCA of energy systems
  • renewable energy
  • renewable energy communitites
  • smart and energy-efficient buildings
  • smart energy systems
  • carbon footprint of energy systems

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22 pages, 370 KiB  
Models and Indices of Sustainability Assessment in the Energy Context
Energies 2022, 15(24), 9465; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15249465 - 14 Dec 2022
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Today, the energy sector is characterized by a high degree of unsustainability in terms of sources and supply systems, infrastructure, and policies, including climate policy. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen the functions of planning and to implement new energy strategies, which should [...] Read more.
Today, the energy sector is characterized by a high degree of unsustainability in terms of sources and supply systems, infrastructure, and policies, including climate policy. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen the functions of planning and to implement new energy strategies, which should lead to the sector’s sustainability in the environmental, social, and economic dimensions. In this context, the aim of the article is to develop a model for the sustainability assessment process and to use it as a benchmarking framework for sustainability assessment indices used in energy problems. The study included 14 indices to assess various aspects of sustainable development. The indices were tested in terms of their sustainability dimensions, data sources, data normalization methods, index aggregation methods, and other elements of the sustainability assessment process. As a result of the research, it was found that none of the analyzed indices meet all the requirements for indices that are to be used for the assessment of sustainability. Therefore, the use of these indices in research problems related to energy sustainability requires a conscious analysis of their features and adaptation to specific research problems related to energy sustainability. Full article
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