'...This new journal, with a smart roster of established experts and analysts, promises to make the energy efficiency resource more real and much more available. The timing couldn’t be more critical to both our economic and our environmental well-being.'
John A. "Skip" Laitner, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
This journal is intended to cover different aspects of energy efficiency in the residential, tertiary, industrial and transport sectors. Energy efficiency is a multidisciplinary field ranging from economic and environmental science, to engineering and social science. It also encompasses policy science and psychology. Therefore a journal dedicated to energy efficiency covers a number of different topics and disciplines including:
Energy efficiency policies at local, regional, national and international levels: Energy taxation, subsidies, information campaigns, voluntary programmes, standards and labels, energy savings obligation, market-based mechanisms, integration of Kyoto flexible mechanisms, etc. This topic includes policy design, analysis, evaluation, and assessment. Of particular interest are methodologies to assess, verify and certify energy savings.
Long term impact of energy efficiency: The impact of energy efficiency on long term energy scenarios, on climate-change scenarios, etc.
Technologies to improve energy efficiency: New and innovative technologies, both in the R&D and demonstration phases, to reduce energy consumption or to improve energy efficiency in the various end-uses (refrigeration, lighting, motive power, heating, etc.); successful examples of market transformations.
Consumer behaviour and the dynamics of consumption: Looking ahead at how demand for energy, new products and services is developing; exploring the scope for bringing forward new technology, or for the technology transfer that will be necessary to keep the lid on energy consumption or that offers breakthroughs to more efficient solutions for consumer behaviour; developing a deeper understanding of what are the important contributors to energy consumption, how consumption changes, and what role policy can play in effecting changes.
Socio-economic impacts of energy efficiency measures: Rebound effects, poverty alleviation, etc.
Energy efficiency as a virtual utility: DSM programmes, tariff structures to encourage energy conservation, demand response, metering, etc.
Transportation issues: Demand for mobility, modal shifts, congestion management, new and efficient engines, collective vehicle ownership, etc.
Building issues: Comfort, spatial planning, building simulation tools, building physics, building energy using equipment and systems (HVAC, lighting, etc.), low and zero emission buildings, integration of renewable and decentralised energy production.
Energy management systems: Energy management systems, audits, energy efficiency as part of environmental management systems.
Energy Services: ESCOs, energy performance contracting, financing energy efficiency, energy and facility management, M&V.
Energy planning and risk assessment: Integrated assessment of supply and demand options; evaluation methodologies for physical and financial results from energy efficiency; energy efficiency as a risk management asset.
Energy efficiency in developing countries and economies in transition: How can incentives for energy efficiency be established in parts of the world where consumption is growing and changing rapidly? What is the role of efficiency in contributing to sustainable development?
Non-energy benefits of energy efficiency and opportunities for policy integration: Case studies highlighting the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency that enable strategic alliances with other high-priority policy goals (such as employment, competitiveness, productivity, energy sovereignty, social development, fuel poverty alleviation, environment, etc.).
Energy education/training: Development of education and training courses for consumers (citizens), energy professionals, and students; assessment of the impact of energy efficiency education; education campaigns.
Industrial issues: Energy cost optimisation; emission control through energy efficiency; emission trading; energy and environmental management schemes.
Emerging technologies: Focusing on what is in the pipeline, as distinct from what's commercially available.