Special Issue "Energy Supply within Sustainable Agricultural Production: Challenges, Policies and Mechanisms"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Piotr Gradziuk
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Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences (IRWiR PAN), Nowy Świat St. 72, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: efficiency of renewable energy sources; socio-economic transformations in rural areas; efficiency and productivity
Prof. Dr. Bogdan Klepacki
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Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences (IRWiR PAN), Nowoursynowska St. 166, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland.
Interests: agricultural development; renewable energy sources in agriculture; biofuels
Prof. Dr. Mariusz J. Stolarski
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Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Production, Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture, Centre for Bioeconomy and Renewable Energies, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Pl. Łódzki 3, 10-724 Olsztyn, Poland
Interests: industrial and energy crops; biomass and byproducts; energy and economic efficiency; biomass production, harvesting, and logistics; multipurpose biomass utilization; bioproducts; biofuels; bioeconomy
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Dear Colleagues,

Energy supply is crucial for the agricultural sector to ensure its sustainability and continuous delivery of its key functions. This has to be performed in harmony with the existing and future challenges, including (but not limited to) economic, social, and environmental. While efficient energy generation for the needs of agricultural production is important, it is also agriculture that provides renewable energy to other economy sectors, thus being a key element of the complex energy generation system.

This issue welcomes papers related to existing and possible challenges, acting and feasible policies and mechanisms to ensure achievement and maintenance of a) sustainable agricultural production through the subsistent supply of energy, and b) generation of renewable energy by the agricultural sector to be distributed through the market to other economic sectors. The issue especially encourages multidisciplinary approaches (combining economics, engineering, sociology, management, psychology, geography, philosophy, etc.), various quantitative techniques (including econometrics, modeling, bibliometric studies, system and network analyses), and qualitative analyses (including case studies, content analysis, choice experiments, etc.). The issue intends to link together research on agricultural sustainability and its generation of energy. It also aims to contribute to policy debate on supporting agricultural development locally, regionally or globally to assure its input into sustainability through increasing delivery of renewable energy. Hence, the relevant questions are what enhances the sustainability of agricultural production and how that can be practically achieved through the increase of efficiency in use of energy and other related resources. This Special Issue aims to be of service to policy makers dealing with sustainability, energy, and agricultural policies. The papers should also give some insight into solutions working in times of crises, such as global economic crises (e.g., 2008/2009), world embargoes (e.g., Russian embargo of 2014) or COVID-19, as both supply and demand fluctuate in times of extraordinary conditions arising from economic, social, environmental, and other shocks.

Prof. Dr. Piotr Gradziuk
Prof. Dr. Bogdan Klepacki
Prof. Dr. Mariusz Stolarski
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural policy
  • Energy policy
  • Environmental policy
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Development strategies
  • Bioeconomy
  • Challenges
  • Shocks
  • Uncertainty

Published Papers (3 papers)

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The Economic Effects of New Patterns of Energy Efficiency and Heat Sources in Rural Single-Family Houses in Poland
Energies 2020, 13(23), 6358; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13236358 - 02 Dec 2020
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In the face of severe air pollution and implementation of energy and climate policy, it remains a challenge to develop effective strategies addressing the problem of solid fuels use in single-family houses (SFH) in rural areas in Poland. This study investigated the correlations [...] Read more.
In the face of severe air pollution and implementation of energy and climate policy, it remains a challenge to develop effective strategies addressing the problem of solid fuels use in single-family houses (SFH) in rural areas in Poland. This study investigated the correlations between thermal modernization of SFH, the changes of heat sources from coal to clean energy, including heat pumps driven by prosumers’ photovoltaic (PV) installation, and the disposable income of households in Polish rural areas. It also provided an analysis of the current support mechanisms promoting energy efficiency and PV development. The application of simulation modelling of energy consumption and costs in the research has proved that comprehensive thermal modernization of rural SFH constructed in the period of 1945–1970 and investments supporting PV/heat pump systems would enable the most cost-effective way of heating to be implemented. Considering that, today, spending on energy for heat puts a burden on the budget of rural households, especially those living in the SFH aged 50 years and more that dominate rural areas in Poland, the changes in energy supply–demand patterns would be an enhancement of their economic, energy and environmental security. The research argued that, in the wider process of energy transformation and solving air pollution problems, the role of rural households should not be neglected in public policy. Full article
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Biogas Plant Exploitation in a Middle-Sized Dairy Farm in Poland: Energetic and Economic Aspects
Energies 2020, 13(22), 6058; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13226058 - 19 Nov 2020
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Although cow manure is a valuable natural fertilizer, it is also a source of extreme greenhouse gas emissions, mainly methane. For this reason, this study aims to determine the impact of investments in a biogas plant on the energy and economic aspects of [...] Read more.
Although cow manure is a valuable natural fertilizer, it is also a source of extreme greenhouse gas emissions, mainly methane. For this reason, this study aims to determine the impact of investments in a biogas plant on the energy and economic aspects of the operation of a dairy farm. A farm with a breeding size of 600 livestock units (LSU) was adopted for the analysis. In order to reach the paper’s aim, the analysis of two different scenarios of dairy farm functioning (conventional–only milk production, and modern–with biogas plant exploitation) was conducted. The analysis showed that the investment in biogas plant operations at a dairy farm and in using cow manure as one of the main substrates is a more profitable scenario compared to traditional dairy farming. Taking into account the actual Polish subsidies for electricity produced by small biogas plants, the scenario with a functioning biogas plant with a capacity of 500 kW brings €332,000/a more profit compared to the conventional scenario, even when taking into account additional costs, including the purchase of straw to ensure a continuous operation of the installation. Besides, in the traditional scenario, building a biogas plant allows for an almost complete reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during manure storage. Full article
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The Potential of Agricultural Biogas Production in Ukraine—Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy Production
Energies 2020, 13(21), 5755; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215755 - 03 Nov 2020
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Renewable energy production is gaining importance in the context of global climate changes. However, in some countries other aspects increasing the role of renewable energy production are also present. Such a country is Ukraine, which is not self-sufficient in energy supply and whose [...] Read more.
Renewable energy production is gaining importance in the context of global climate changes. However, in some countries other aspects increasing the role of renewable energy production are also present. Such a country is Ukraine, which is not self-sufficient in energy supply and whose dependency on poorly diversified import of energy carriers regularly leads to political tensions and has socio-economic implications. Production of agricultural biogas seems to be a way to both slow down climatic changes and increase energy self-sufficiency by replacing or complementing conventional sources of energy. One of the most substantial barriers to agricultural biogas production is the low level of agricultural concentration and significant economies of scale in constructing biogas plants. The aim of the paper was thus to assess the potential of agricultural biogas production in Ukraine, including its impact on energy self-sufficiency, mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the economic performance of biogas plants. The results show that due to the prevailing fragmentation of farms, most manure cannot be processed in an economically viable way. However, in some regions utilization of technically available manure for agricultural biogas production could cover up to 11% of natural gas or up to 19% of electricity demand. While the theoretical potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions could reach 5% to 6.14%, the achievable technical potential varies between 2.3% and 2.8% of total emissions. The economic performance of agricultural biogas plants correlates closely with their size and bioenergy generation potential. Full article
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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: Potential of Agricultural Biogas Production in Ukraine – Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy production
Authors: Adam Wąs; Piotr Sulewski; Vitaliy Krupin; Nazariy Popadynets; Agata Malak-Rawlikowska; Magdalena Szymańska; Iryna Skorokhod; Marcin Wysokiński
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Nowoursynowska 166, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland

Title: Assessment of the Implementation of the DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/2001 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 December 2018 on the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources on the Economic Performance of Agricultural Farms
Authors: Krzysztof Jończyk; Barbara Gradziuk; Marcin Wysokiński; Piotr Gradziuk
Affiliation: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation State Research Institute, Pulawy, Poland Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Agrobioengineering, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Warsaw, Poland Economic Modelling Department, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Title: Changes in Energy Consumption in Agriculture and Forestry in EU
Authors: Tomasz Rokicki; Bogdan Klepacki; Aleksandra Perkowska
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poland

Title: The Linkdaages between Crude Oil and Food Prices
Authors: Joanna Domagała; Aleksandra Górecka; Monika Roman
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW

Title: The Level and Structure of Investments in Renewable Energy Sources in Basic Units of Local Government in Rural Areas
Authors: Bogdan Klepacki; Barbara Kusto
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland

Title: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Energy Inputs in Agriculture
Authors: Piotr Gołasa; Wioletta Bieńkowska-Gołasa; Marcin Wysokiński; Piotr Gradziuk; Barbara Gradziuk; Magdalena Golonko; Arkadiusz Gromada
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland Economic Modelling Department, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Agrobioengineering, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

Title: Economic and Energy Efficiency of Farms in Poland
Authors: Marcin Wysokiński; Bogdan Klepacki; Piotr Gradziuk; Magdalena Golonko; Arkadiusz Gromada; Paulina Trębska; Aleksandra Lubańska
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland Economic Modelling Department, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Title: Economic and Social Aspects of Using Energy from PV and Solar Installations in Farmers' Households in the Podkarpackie Region
Authors: Ryszard Kata; Kazimierz Cyran; Sławomir Dybka; Małgorzata Lechwar; Rafał Pitera
Affiliation: University of Rzeszów, Poland

Title: Agriculture and Rural Areas in the Creation of Autonomous Energy Regions Based on RES
Authors: Barbara Gołębiewska; Grzegorz Ślusarz; Marek Cierpiał; Jarosław Gołębiewski; Dariusz Twaróg
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW; Poland University of Rzeszów, Poland

Title: Regional Diversification of the Share of Agriculture in the Development of Renewable Energy Potential in Poland
Authors: Grzegorz Ślusarz; Barbara Gołębiewska; Marek Cierpiał; Jarosław Gołębiewski; Dariusz Twaróg
Affiliation: University of Rzeszów, Poland Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poland

Title: The Impact of Improving the Energy Efficiency of Single-family Buildings and the Development of Photovoltaics Operating in the Prosumer System Household on Disposable Income in Rural Areas in Poland
Authors: Mirosław Drygas; Krzysztof Księżopolski; Iwona Nurzyńska; Kamila Pronińska
Affiliation: Economic Modelling Department, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Title: Changes in the Importance of Bioenergy in the Structure of Energy Production from Renewable Sources in Poland
Authors: Ludwik Wicki; Hanna Dudek; Piotr Bórawski
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

Title: Diversification of Afforestation of Agricultural Land as an Element of Environmental Policy
Authors: Klepacka Anna
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poland

Title: Prospects for the Development of Selected Renewable Energy Sources in Rural Residential Housing in the Economic and Environmental Aspect
Authors: Klepacka Anna
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poland

Title: Construction and Empirical Verification of the Agri-Environmental Index (AEI) as a Tool for Assessing the Green Efficiency of Agriculture
Authors: Anna Nowak; Armand Kasztelan
Affiliation: Department of Economics and Agribusiness, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

Title: The use of Renewable Energy Sources in Households as a Tool for Taking Pro-environmental Measures in Rural Areas in Poland
Authors: Danuta Guzal-Dec; Agnieszka Siedlecka
Affiliation: Department of Economy, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education

Title: Waste Wood Management in the European Union
Authors: Marcin Zbieć; Justyna Franc-Dąbrowska; Nina Drejerska
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland

Title: Solar Energy Production on Marginal Agricultural Land
Authors: Mariusz Maciejczak; Yanay Farja
Affiliation: Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poland Department of Economics and Management, Tel-Hai College, Israel

Title: Renewable Energy Attitudes and Behavior of Local Self-governments in Poland
Authors: Joanna Rakowska; Irena Ozimek; Iwona Pomianek
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance Warsaw University of Life Sciences -SGGW, Poland

Title: Energy Sector Risk and Cost of Capital Assessment – Companies and Investors Perspective
Authors: Justyna Franc-Dąbrowska; Magdalena Mądra-Sawicka; Anna Milewska
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance Warsaw University of Life Sciences -SGGW, Poland

Title: Production and Use of Renewable Energy in Poland
Authors: Irena Ozimek; Joanna Rakowska; Iwona Pomianek
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance Warsaw University of Life Sciences -SGGW, Poland

Title: Is the Production of Agricultural Biogas Environmentally Friendly? The Structure of the Use of First and Second Generation Raw Materials in Poland and Latvia
Authors: Wicki, Tadeusz Filipiak; Kaspars Naglis-Liepa; Arnis Lenerts; Mykola Orlykovskyi
Affiliation: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland Faculty of Economics and Social Development, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. Jelgava. Latvia; Zhytomyr National Agroecological University, Ukraine

Title: The Importance of Renewable Energies in Social Welfare - Benefits or Support?
Authors: Agnieszka Brelik; Gębska Monika; Gołębiewska Barbara
Affiliation: West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin Poland Institute of Management, Warsaw University of Life Sciences Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poland

Title: Regional diversification of energy economy in rural areas in Poland
Authors: Paweł Siemiński; Jakub Hadyński
Affiliation: Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland

Title: Planning and Settlement Conditions for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources in Poland
Authors: Przemysław Śleszyński; Agnieszka Brelik; Maciej Nowak; Bartosz Mickiewicz
Affiliation: Department of Urban and Population Studies, GIS and Cartography Workgroup, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences Faculty of Economics, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin Poland

Title: Growing Role of Renewable Energy Sources, Transformation of the Energy Sector and Their Impact on Global, Regional and Domestic Markets
Authors: Bogumiła Mucha-Leszko; Aneta Jarosz-Angowska; Magdalena Kąkol
Affiliation: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin World Economy and European Integration Chair Department of Economics and Agribusiness, University of Life Sciences in Lublin

Title: The Impact of the Growing Importance of Renewable Energy Sources from Agricultural Production on the Structure of Energy Trade in the EU Countries
Authors: Aneta Jarosz-Angowska
Affiliation: Department of Economics and Agribusiness, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

Title: Consumer Acceptance of Renewable Energy Innovations in the Rural Areas
Authors: Marek Angowski; Tomasz Kijek
Affiliation: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Department of Microeconomics and Applied Economics

Title: Analysis of Information Sources Used by Households in Rural Areas in the Process of Selecting and Purchasing Renewable Energy
Authors: Marek Angowski
Affiliation: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Department of Microeconomics and Applied Economics, Poland

Title: Biogas Plant Exploitation in the Middle-Sized Dairy Farm: Energetic and Economic Aspects
Authors: Patrycja Pochwatka; Alina Kowalczyk-Juśko; Piotr Sołowiej; Agnieszka Wawrzyniak; Jacek Dach
Affiliation: Department of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland Department of the Electrotechnics Energetics Electronics and Automatics, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland Institute of Technology and Life Sciences, Poland Department of Biosystems Engineering, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

Title: Agriculture production function and energy return on investment - long term analysis of global changes
Authors: Bartłomiej Bajan; Joanna Łukasiewicz; Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda; Walenty Poczta
Affiliation: Poznań University of Life Sciences

Title: Development of renewable energy sources in rural areas in the context of sustainable development
Authors: Aleksander Wasiuta
Affiliation: Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland

Title: The influence of opencast lignite mining dehydration on plant production - a methodological study
Authors: Benedykt Pepliński; Wawrzyniec Czubak
Affiliation: Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland

Title: External costs for agriculture from lignite extraction from the Złoczew deposit
Authors: Benedykt Pepliński; Rafał Baum
Affiliation: Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland

Title: Local investments in renewable energy sources in rural areas in Poland
Authors: Aldona Standar; Agnieszka Kozera; Łukasz Satoła
Affiliation: Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland

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