Special Issue "Economic and Policy Challenges of the Energy Transition in CEE Countries"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jacek Kamiński
Guest Editor
Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wybickiego 7A, 31-261 Kraków, Poland
Interests: power system economics; energy markets; energy and climate policy; energy transition; energy planning; mathematical modeling; decision support systems

Special Issue Information

With the announcement of the European Green Deal, which defines a set of policy initiatives aimed at achieving a 50–55% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and making Europe climate neutral in 2050, the challenge of energy transition becomes even more critical. The transformation of national energy systems towards sustainability is progressing throughout all Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, yet the goals and results are different. Most Member States have made substantial progress towards meeting their long-term commitments of emissions reductions. However, some block members have struggled to meet their obligations. The effective energy transition requires the introduction of appropriately designed policy instruments and of robust economic analyses that ensure the best possible outcomes at the lowest costs for society. In this context, this Special Issue aims to bring into the discussion the challenges that CEE countries have to face and overcome while undergoing energy transition.

Contributions on the following topics, among others, are invited: 

  • Energy transition;
  • Economics of energy systems;
  • Climate and energy policy instruments;
  • Power generation system transition;
  • Intelligent power and district heating networks;
  • Demand-side management and energy storage;
  • Integration of energy markets;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Renewable energy;
  • Low- and zero-emission transport;
  • Smart grids.

Prof. Dr. Jacek Kamiński
Guest Editor

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  • Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries
  • Energy transition
  • Energy policy
  • Energy economics
  • Energy markets
  • Policy instruments
  • Power generation systems
  • Intelligent networks
  • Demand side
  • Energy storage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Low- and zero-emission transport
  • Smart grids
  • Energy security.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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: Market for limestone sorbents for flue gas desulphurization in coal fired power plants in the context of the transformation of the Polish power sector
Authors: Jarosław Szlugaj; Krzysztof Galos
Affiliation: Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
Abstract: Since the beginning of the 1990s, a large number of flue gas desulphurization (FGD) installations has been constructed in the Polish coal-fired power industry. Thanks to that, domestic SO2 emission was reduced fourfold, recently amounting to less than 0.6 million tpy, while SO2 capture increased to over 80%, respectively. As for FGD purposes wet limestone method has been applied in most cases, a significant increase in domestic demand for limestone sorbents has been recorded, from virtually zero in 1990 to about 3.5 million tpy today, and coal-fired power industry has become the most important customer of limestone industry in Poland. The paper analyses process of the implementation of FGD in Poland along with potential and real limestone sorbents consumption and FGD gypsum production in the Polish coal-fired power plants. It also presents the currently used and potentially to be used limestone deposits, which are or can be useful for production of limestone sorbents applied in FGD. Electric energy mix in Poland is expected to be changed radically in the coming 30 years. Share of coal-fired electricity is still very high – ca. 80% - and significance of coal-fired power plants will remain dominant for at least next decade. With further increase in the level of FGD, it will result in further moderate increase of limestone sorbents consumption, even up to 3.7 million tpy in 2030. Nevertheless, after 2030 gradual, but significant decrease of share of coal-fired electricity is expected in Poland, down to probably ca. 30% in 2050. This will result in a gradual decrease in limestone sorbent demand, to max. 1.7 million tpy around 2050. Declining FGD gypsum production will follow it, from over 4 million tpy at the moment, down to only ca. 2 million tpy in 2050.

Title: The Relationship of Food Security, Climate Change and Energy Use – the Example of Central Europe
Authors: Domicián Máté; Mohammad Fazle Rabbi; Adam Novotny; Sándor Kovács
Affiliation: University of Debrecen - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship, H-4028, Hungary, Debrecen, Ótemető Str. 2.
Abstract: Pursuing goals in relation to sustainable economic growth, energy use, and climate change are posing new challenges for food security. This study implements a unique exploratory approach to study the intersections of these complex phenomena in Central European countries. A Multiple Factor Analysis (MFA) reveals that whereas climate change is positively related to food affordability and accessibility, temperature rise is negatively correlated with food safety and renewable energy consumption. It seems that higher food affordability and accessibility couple with lower food quality, and climate change may play a mediating role in this relationship. However, if countries switch to more renewable energy resources all three pillars of food security could be achieved together. The study also draws attention to the role of regional inequalities, emphasizing inventive local solutions and the need for educational programs to support exploratory and interdisciplinary research on complex social and environmental issues.

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