Special Issue "Multidimensional Perspectives for Energy Poverty Sustainable Mitigation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. João Pedro Gouveia
Guest Editor
CENSE—Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: energy poverty; building energy demand; energy efficiency in buildings; renewable energy technologies; energy modeling; energy demand projections; low-carbon energy technologies; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
Dr. Ricardo Barbosa
Guest Editor
School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; buildings renovation; energy poverty; nZEB buildings; building physics; energy simulation; sustainable construction and life cycle analysis; policy instruments; climate adaptation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy poverty is a growing societal issue that puts the welfare of many citizens on both sides of the global north–south divide at risk. It is recognized as a multidimensional problem which exceeds individual households and has linkages and interdependencies with the economic, technological, and social systems with multiple geographical specificities. Connecting sustainable energy transitions, energy equity issues, and energy poverty is therefore a new challenge at hand.

This Special Issue will be composed of a selection of papers addressing a wide range of approaches and tools to mitigate energy poverty while also taking into account sustainability. Authors from different disciplines such as geography, sociology, economics, engineering, and other related disciplines are invited to submit their papers. Covered topics could be related, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Innovative solutions to tackle energy poverty;
  • Policy innovations;
  • Energy efficiency approaches;
  • Sustainable building renovation;
  • Assessment of indoor thermal comfort and energy use in vulnerable households;
  • Health effects of energy poverty;
  • Methodologies and metrics for energy poverty characterization and monitoring;
  • Climate change vulnerability (summer and winter problems);
  • Sustainable energy access;
  • Energy justice;
  • Energy governance;
  • Energy use and social practices.

Dr. João Pedro Gouveia
Dr. Ricardo Barbosa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable energy
  • buildings energy performance
  • lived experience
  • energy use
  • winter and summer vulnerability
  • innovative solutions
  • energy access

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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