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Special Issue "Developments in Theory and in Practice: Energy and Environmental Policy"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2022 | Viewed by 5200

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Prof. Dr. Seoyong Kim
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Department of Public Administration, Ajou University, Suwon 16499, Korea
Interests: risk perception; environmentalism; climate change; energy transition; human action and behavior; energy preference; psychometric paradigm; environmental assessment; public understanding of science; environmental justice; cultural theory
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Prof. Dr. Jaesun Wang
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Department of Public Administration, Division of Global Human Resources, Kangwon National University, Samcheok-si 25913, Korea
Interests: energy transition; environmental tolicy; energy policy; science-technology policy; risk perception; human behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Great changes such as environmental pollution, climate change, energy transition, and digital transformation are changing the social structure. The elements of environment, climate, energy, and technology are four basic factors that constitute the context of human life. There are not only positive aspects but also the negative aspects that these four factors produce. In order to solve social and policy problems, the government's policy orientation is too much important.

Good design of energy and environmental policies to solve energy and environmental problems is very important for making a better society. In order to properly design energy and environmental policies, research is needed from a theoretical and practical point of view. This special issue is looking to recruit manuscripts related to energy and environmental policy. This special issue invites not only manuscripts related to energy and environmental policy from a purely theoretical perspective, but also manuscripts from practical perspectives such as case analysis, status diagnosis, and issue analysis. We would be grateful if many researchers would participate in writing the special issue manuscript.

Prof. Dr. Seoyong Kim
Prof. Dr. Jaesun Wang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • energy policy
  • environmental policy
  • climate change
  • environmental problems
  • air quality
  • particulate matter
  • quality of life
  • pollution
  • common pool resource
  • renewable energy
  • sustainable energy
  • nuclear power
  • fossil fuels
  • solar energy
  • energy efficiency
  • attitude and behavioral change
  • public opinion
  • energy supply and demand
  • affordable energy
  • energy tax and price
  • energy regulation policy
  • energy transition
  • decarbonization
  • innovation
  • electric car
  • safety
  • risk perception
  • environmental suitability
  • health
  • hydrogen/power storage/distributed energy
  • heat and transportation
  • social economy
  • technology/governance reform
  • energy industry
  • the energy cooperative

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Can Global Value Chain Participation Drive Green Upgrade in China’s Manufacturing Industry?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(19), 12013; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912013 - 22 Sep 2022
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Engagement in the global division of labor has greatly influenced China’s economy and environment. With the multi-regional input–output (MRIO) framework, we calculate the global value chain (GVC) participation index of China’s 16 manufacturing sectors. We also measure the green upgrade index of manufacturing [...] Read more.
Engagement in the global division of labor has greatly influenced China’s economy and environment. With the multi-regional input–output (MRIO) framework, we calculate the global value chain (GVC) participation index of China’s 16 manufacturing sectors. We also measure the green upgrade index of manufacturing sectors based on the super-efficiency epsilon-based measure (SEBM) and the Malmquist–Luenberger (ML) index. In addition, the effect of GVC participation on the green upgrade of manufacturing sectors is empirically tested with a fixed effects regression model for panel data. Results show that: (1) sectors that rank high in the forward linkage-based GVC participation index also tend to rank high in the backward linkage-based GVC participation index; (2) the ML index is greater than 1 in most years, indicating that the green upgrade of China’s manufacturing sectors shows an uptrend; (3) for both forward and backward linkage, the rise of the GVC and complex GVC participation indexes significantly promotes the green upgrade of manufacturing sectors. Finally, GVC participation of China’s manufacturing sectors promotes green upgrade mainly through green technology progress. The conclusions have empirical evidence and policy implications for the advancement to medium- and high-end GVC participation and the green transition of China’s manufacturing sectors. Full article
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Searching for New Human Behavior Model in Explaining Energy Transition: Exploring the Impact of Value and Perception Factors on Inconsistency of Attitude toward Policy Support and Intention to Pay for Energy Transition
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(18), 11352; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191811352 - 09 Sep 2022
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The purpose of this study is to compare and analyze the factors influencing the public’s attitude toward policy support and intention to pay for energy transition from nuclear to renewable energy. We focus on inconsistency issues between attitude and intention. To this end, [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study is to compare and analyze the factors influencing the public’s attitude toward policy support and intention to pay for energy transition from nuclear to renewable energy. We focus on inconsistency issues between attitude and intention. To this end, we set the attitude toward policy support and behavioral intention to pay as dependent variables, and value factors (i.e., ideology, political support for the current Moon Jae-in government, environmentalism, and science-technology optimism) and perception factors (i.e., perceived risk, benefit, knowledge, and trust) as the independent variables. Based on a survey, the analysis showed that at the variable level, the perceived benefits and trust in renewable energy and perceived risks and benefits in nuclear energy influenced the attitude toward policy support and the intention to pay for energy transition. Second, when evaluating the explanatory power of independent variables, the attitude toward the energy transition was affected in the following order: (1) perceived benefit in nuclear power (β = 0.259) > (2) perceived benefit in renewable energy (β = −0.219) > (3) perceived risk in nuclear energy (β = 0.202) > (4) Moon Jae-in government support (β = 0.146). On the other hand, behavioral intention to pay for energy transition was influenced in the following order: (1) trust in renewable energy (β = 0.252) > (2) Moon Jae-in government support (β = 0.154) > (3) perceived risk in nuclear energy (β = 0.139) > (4) perceived benefit in renewable energy (β = 0.099). Third, variables such as environmentalism, perceived benefit/risk/trust in renewable energy, and perceived benefit/risk in nuclear energy affected inconsistency between attitude toward policy support and intention to pay for energy transition. Full article
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What Are More Efficient Transportation Services in a Rural Area? A Case Study in Yangsan City, South Korea
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(18), 11263; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191811263 - 07 Sep 2022
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Population aging and population decline are experienced not only in South Korea but also in other countries around the world. In particular, public transportation operations, which have been centered on existing large buses, are struggling with a continuous deficit owing to the rapid [...] Read more.
Population aging and population decline are experienced not only in South Korea but also in other countries around the world. In particular, public transportation operations, which have been centered on existing large buses, are struggling with a continuous deficit owing to the rapid population decline in rural areas, thus leading to a social issue. To address this issue, nations worldwide have attempted to find various alternatives. In South Korea, voucher taxis and city-type buses have been newly supplied in rural areas as alternatives. In this study, six city-type bus routes implemented in Yangsan-si, South Korea have been intensively reviewed in particular. The planned routes and operation status of each bus route were compared and reviewed based on geographic information systems. Six improved demand-responsive transport (DRT) operation methods were studied based on the operation patterns of city-type buses that were operated differently from the planed routes. Through this, a more suitable DRT small bus operation model for each route was proposed. Our study results will be a foundational proposal for policy makers concerned with improving public transport services and supplying new services in rural areas. Full article
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Associating Renewable Energy, Globalization, Agriculture, and Ecological Footprints: Implications for Sustainable Environment in South Asian Countries
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(16), 10162; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610162 - 16 Aug 2022
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The main purpose of this work is to investigate the impacts of globalization (GL), renewable energy (RE), and value-added agriculture (AG) on ecological footprints (EF) and CO2 emissions. For quantitative analysis, this research paper includes yearly data from 1990–2018 for four South [...] Read more.
The main purpose of this work is to investigate the impacts of globalization (GL), renewable energy (RE), and value-added agriculture (AG) on ecological footprints (EF) and CO2 emissions. For quantitative analysis, this research paper includes yearly data from 1990–2018 for four South Asian nations: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. These countries are most vulnerable to climate hazards and rapid economic transitions. The Westerlund test provides a strong association among the panel data. The findings of ordinary least squares (DOLS) and fully modified ordinary least squares (FMOLS) show that RE is lowering CO2 emissions and EF in the long run. A 1% increase in RE results in a 10.55% and 2.08% CO2 decrease in emissions and EF, respectively. Globalization and AG are contributing to environmental degradation in selected South Asian countries. Therefore, these countries need to exploit solar energy to its full capacity. Moreover, these countries need to explore more RE resources to reduce their dependence on non-RE sources. These countries can make their agricultural sectors sustainable by following efficient farming practices. Environmental awareness should be enhanced among the farmers. Farmers can use animal fertilizers and clean inputs in AG to achieve sustainable agricultural products. Overall, this work suggests that these countries can achieve a cleaner environment by adopting RE and by promoting efficient technologies through globalization. Full article
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What Mechanisms Do Financial Marketization and China’s Fiscal Decentralization Have on Regional Energy Intensity? Evidence Based on Spatial Spillover and Panel Threshold Effects Perspectives
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(9), 5759; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095759 - 09 May 2022
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Energy efficiency and energy intensity are gradually gaining attention, and it is now an important proposition to reconcile financial marketization, fiscal decentralization, and regional energy intensity. Using Chinese mainland provincial panel data (except Tibet) from 2007 to 2019, this study applied the dynamic [...] Read more.
Energy efficiency and energy intensity are gradually gaining attention, and it is now an important proposition to reconcile financial marketization, fiscal decentralization, and regional energy intensity. Using Chinese mainland provincial panel data (except Tibet) from 2007 to 2019, this study applied the dynamic panel system generalized method of moments model, the spatial Durbin model, and the panel threshold model to investigate the mechanisms of financial marketization and fiscal decentralization on regional energy intensity. The study found that financial marketization can play a significant role in suppressing regional energy intensity, while fiscal decentralization promotes energy intensity. Meanwhile, financial marketization in one province can have a negative spatial transmission effect on energy intensity in other provinces, while fiscal decentralization in one province has a negative spatial spillover effect on energy intensity in other provinces. Based on the analysis of the moderating and threshold effects, financial marketization not only moderates the negative externality of fiscal decentralization, making it inhibit energy intensity in the opposite direction, but also gradually increases the moderating effect on fiscal decentralization as the degree of financial marketization increases, showing a nonlinear inhibiting effect on regional energy intensity. Full article
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