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Special Issue "Environmental Impact Assessment of Energy Technologies"
A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2017).
Interests: life-cycle assessment (LCA); environmental impact assessment; sustainability; climate change; carbon footprint; enironmental footprint; energy technolgies; renewable energy; life cycle thinking
The United Nations have identified “global access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy” as one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for the 2030 Agenda. Yet, the current global energy mix is mainly based on non-renewable energy sources and is thus still far from achieving the environmental dimensions of this goal. Most current global environmental challenges, such as air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, or resource depletion, are at least partly driven by the global energy system in a direct or indirect way. In order to achieve the SDG, extensive measures within the energy system need to be implemented. However, researchers looking into the global technology shift are confronted with the fact that not only fossil energy technologies cause negative environmental impacts, as renewable energy technologies are also facing challenges to minimise environmental impacts such as land use (bioenergy), noise (wind energy), biodiversity loss (hydropower) and rare earths depletion (photovoltaics).
This Special Issue will address the environmental impact assessment of energy technologies. Contributions may respond to (without being limited to) the following questions:
- What are the relevant environmental impacts of current and new energy technologies beyond the carbon footprint?
- What are the new methodological developments for the environmental assessment that are relevant for energy technologies?
- What are the environmental benefits and drawbacks of renewable energy technologies?
- Which strategies to reduce the environmental footprint of the global energy system are feasible?
- What recommendations, from an environmental perspective, can be given to policy makers?
- How can we identify clean energy technologies that should be prioritized for achieving the United Nations SDG?
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- environmental impact assessment
- greenhouse gas mitigation
- energy technology evaluation
- embodied energy
- energy payback time
- renewable energy technologies