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Special Issue "Sustainable Energy Transition and Clean Energy Finance"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021) | Viewed by 14054
Special Issue Editor
Interests: ESG, Sustainable Finance, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Environmental Impact Assessment, Life-Cycle Analysis, Green Bonds, Energy Finance, Green Finance, Climate Finance, Sustainable Development, SDGs
Special Issue Information
Numerous climate mitigation policies and industry-level initiatives notwithstanding, energy generation-related greenhouse gas emissions currently still represent the largest contributing factor to anthropogenic climate change. As physical climate impacts are materializing at an accelerating rate all over the planet, public attention has been shifting towards energy-related externalities. Recent wildfire disasters in California and Australia have exposed some of the potential risks that current energy generation models entail. In order to avoid climate-related risks such as planned blackouts and policy-related supply chain disruptions, low-carbon energy systems need to be scaled, and clean energy investment rates expanded. IRENA estimates that to put the world on track with the goals of the Paris Agreement, cumulative investment in renewable energy needs to reach USD 27 trillion in the 2016-2050 period. The IEA Sustainable Development Scenario projects that new renewables generation has to rise rapidly and global investment in renewable electricity needs to almost double versus current levels to meet these goals, to nearly USD 550 billion per year by 2030.
This issue will focus on how global capital flows can be steered more effectively towards green low-carbon energy infrastructure projects. Global infrastructure debt providers are shifting away from carbon-intensive projects, with the European Investment Bank announcing in November 2019 that it will phase out lending to fossil fuel projects by 2021. Therefore, with green infrastructure investments growing in size and renewable energy projects having become the most coveted asset class for investors wanting to integrate ESG factors, this issue will provide further contextualize the impacts of financial innovation on the sustainable energy transition.
The issue will cover all aspects of moving towards more resilient, climate-adapted, and ESG-aligned energy systems; including but not limited to:
- Financial products that stimulate clean energy solutions (e.g., green bonds, climate bonds, ESG funds, green loans, blended finance solutions, etc.);
- Novel ESG investment and sustainable finance models that facilitate the sustainable energy transition;
- Regulatory and policy initiatives in favour of low-carbon energy infrastructure development (e.g., tax schemes, subsidies, regulatory streamlining, project approval procedures, budgetary earmarking, etc.);
- Identification and analysis of low-carbon energy infrastructure barriers (e.g., regulatory, social, environmental, financial, technological, etc.);
- Mapping and framing of current energy infrastructure risks and vulnerabilities, and adequate low-carbon responses in local, regional, and global contexts
Dr. Kim Schumacher
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- low-carbon energy transition
- sustainable finance
- infrastructure development
- renewable energy
- green assets
- green finance
- climate finance, green bonds