Special Issue "Energy System Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Patrícia Fortes
Guest Editor
CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, NOVA School for Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: climate change mitigation and adaptation; energy systems modeling; low carbon technologies, energy–climate policy; sustainable development; energy economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable energy systems are crucial for the development and prosperity of future societies. Fossil fuels still comprise 80 per cent of current global primary energy (IEA, 2019), and the global energy system (from supply to demand) is responsible for around two thirds of global greenhouse emissions (IPCC, 2014). Major and urgent transformations in the energy system are required to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions towards carbon-neutrality and limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels – a key target of the Paris Climate Agreement. Energy, is also a central driver for economic and social development, and thus all the required changes in the energy system must guarantee the access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy for a continuous increasing population Energy technologies, at a different extent, demand capital, influence prices, generate jobs, consume natural resources, occupy land and emit pollutants, beyond greenhouse gases. Distinct energy system configurations may affect differently, economic growth, human health, biodiversity, environmental quality, and equitable sustainable development. A comprehensive integration of these aspects within energy system planning is crucial towards the compliance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the achievement of a just and sustainable energy system.

This Special Issue welcomes the submission of original studies and reviews that addresses the analysis, methods or tools used to support an integrated understanding of energy system sustainability and its necessary technological and structural transformations.

Topics we aim to cover include: modelling tools and assessments for energy system transformation towards sustainability, the interlinkages between energy and other SDGs in energy system planning, innovative and sustainable solutions for energy systems, environmental, social and economic impact assessment of energy system development, energy efficiency, low-carbon technologies, renewable energy, energy justice and resources consumption in energy system transformation, policy assessment to support the development of a future sustainable energy system.

Dr. Patrícia Fortes
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • energy system modeling
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • climate change mitigation
  • energy system transformation
  • integrated energy system planning
  • low-carbon technologies
  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • energy justice
  • energy–climate policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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