Special Issue "The Role of Energy Behaviours to Design Energy Policies for a Sustainable Future"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marta Lopes
Guest Editor
Department of Environment, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra & INESC Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: human role in sustainable energy systems; energy efficiency and demand response; integrated approaches
Prof. Dr. Carlos Henggeler Antunes
Guest Editor
INESC Coimbra, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Polo 2, 3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: energy efficiency; demand side management; demand response; optimization models and methods in energy systems; multi-objective optimization; multi-criteria decision analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy behaviors are gaining increasing importance in the design of policies and programs to promote a transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable future. In this setting, the focus has moved from predominantly technological and financial issues (the so-called physical–technical–economic model) to pursuing more integrative approaches to social changes.

Energy behaviors should be understood as the role of people, organizations and technology in energy use across sectors, namely households, nondomestic buildings, industry, transportations, communities and cities.

The Special Issue “The role of Energy Behaviors to Design Energy Policies for a Sustainable Future” aims to gather multi- and interdisciplinary contributions on energy behaviors, including theoretical and methodological perspectives, critical assessments of case studies, policies and modelling approaches at different scales, which can be of relevance to researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The exploitation of the combination of the technical potential for energy savings/efficiency and the behavioral plasticity to design more effective policies leveraging citizen participation is particularly welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions on this challenging topic of utmost importance for a more sustainable future.

Prof. Dr. Marta Lopes
Prof. Dr. Carlos Henggeler Antunes
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • Energy behaviours
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy management
  • Modelling approaches
  • Energy policies;
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Energy transition
  • Citizen participation
  • Demand side management
  • Demand response
  • Behaviour change
  • Energy communities
  • Energy poverty
  • Energy literacy
  • Energy feedback
  • Human dimensions
  • User-centred approaches

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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