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Energy Security and Transition Challenges in Post-COVID Economic Recovery

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2024) | Viewed by 519

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Department of Applied Economics, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Interests: global economics and cross-cultural management; comparative and cultural studies; religion and economics; identity politics
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International Business School, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BX, UK
Interests: natural resource economies; FDI; sustainability; energy economics; international business ethics
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Dear Colleagues,

Considering the critical role of energy sources in economic and environmental management, post-COVID economic recovery preferences, geopolitical conflicts, and energy market fluctuations play a significant role in economic and political instability. This causes energy shortages, price volatility, and unstable economic recovery. Furthermore, the interruption of energy sources owing to conflicts is a significant setback to the energy transition process. Although clean and sustainable energy transitions are required to meet the 2030 SDGs and COP27 commitments, it is expected that they can divert political attention and resources away from green, clean, renewable, and carbon-free energy technology investments and change the climate change mitigation process. This can cause countries to spend more economic resources to diversify their energy mix options, preventing regional effects. Energy insecurity due to geopolitical conflicts may be induced by energy infrastructure, creating rivalries around controlling energy sources, transits, parts, technologies, and power transmission lines. Under such conditions, regional energy cooperation may not be considered the first choice for policymakers, and delayed energy infrastructure can be an outcome. Thus, a diverse understanding of energy sensitivity, knowledge, collaboration, and cooperation is required. Therefore, the current call for research is critical for a sustainable energy transition with minimum energy security conditions.

The possible themes for the guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • A way forward for a secure and resilient energy transition in the post-COVID economic recovery process.
  • Challenges and opportunities to develop alternative energy sources as part of economic recovery plans.
  • Energy security measures for transitioning to a low-carbon economic recovery process.
  • Energy diversification and economic recovery goal balancing parameters and a way forward.
  • The role of FinTech in energy security and the sustainable energy transition in the post-COVID recovery process.
  • Energy efficiency policies and strategies for energy security in post-COVID recovery plans.
  • The role of financial institutions and green investment in the sustainable energy transition.
  • The role of energy-exploring economies in transitioning to a more sustainable energy mix during the post-COVID economic recovery process.
  • Energy security, transition challenges, and potential risks to economic growth, sustainable environments, and climate change mitigation targets.
  • Energy interconnections between sustainable investments and technologies that contribute to promoting energy security cooperation, a sustainable energy transition, economic recovery, and sustainable environmental management.
  • Impact of Green Deal policies for the European Union and OECD members.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Sánchez-Bayón
Dr. Mohamed Elheddad
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Assessing Risks on China’s Natural Gas Supply under Carbon Peaking Policies from Foreign–Domestic Perspectives
Energies 2024, 17(4), 845; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17040845 - 10 Feb 2024
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China’s natural gas supply has been challenged in the past few years by non-traditional risks such as trading conflicts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the country’s own emission policy. To ensure energy security and supply, conducting an up-to-date risk analysis of China’s natural gas [...] Read more.
China’s natural gas supply has been challenged in the past few years by non-traditional risks such as trading conflicts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the country’s own emission policy. To ensure energy security and supply, conducting an up-to-date risk analysis of China’s natural gas supply status is crucial. This research utilized the Fuzzy-AHP method to compose a risk index and assessed the key links within China’s natural gas supply chain from the import side to the domestic side. The results indicate that (a) for China’s gas import, the most influential risks are the correlated dependence risk, international relation risk, and supplier internal stability risk. (b) While the dependence risk and transport risk have decreased sharply in the past decade, the import risk is still China’s major concern on natural gas supply. (c) Emissions-peaking and carbon neutrality targets are potential challenges, which the country would possibly face in the near future. Full article
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