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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Editor-in-Chief: Paolo Bertoldi

ISSN: 1570-646X (print version)
ISSN: 1570-6478 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12053

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※ Two Special Issues on different topics, please see the detailed information below.

Special Issue on Demand-side policies, governance and socio-technical mitigation pathways of limiting global warming to 1.5°C 

Full Submission Deadline: 1st November 2017

The journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on the topic of Demand-side policies, governance and socio-technical mitigation pathways of limiting global warming to 1.5°C to be guest-edited by Prof. Luis Mundaca, Prof. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz and Dr. Charlie Wilson.
This Special Issue aims to provide a series of multi-disciplinary and comprehensive deep decarbonisation studies addressing various demand-side aspects of energy-economy systems in line with a 1.5°C target. It will provide a platform to share, discuss and scrutinise cutting-edge knowledge on policy instruments, global/regional/national/sub-national/city-level governance, technology change and behavioural, economic and financial issues from a ‘1.5°C demand-side’ perspective. It will cover energy using systems (e.g. buildings, cities, industry, transportation), energy services (e.g. heating, lighting, cooling) and distributed small (scale) renewables energy technologies. The special issue will feature high-quality papers that explicitly address the 1.5°C target and provide policy-relevant outputs for a decarbonised economy.
Guest editors welcome theoretical papers, methodological studies, scenario analyses and empirical assessments that focus on ambitious socio-technical and economic transformational pathways that are demand-side oriented and consistent with global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Further details can be found on the PDF of this Call for Papers, which is situated in the right hand side column on this webpage.

Submissions and guidelines

This Special Issue solicits original work that must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal. Submitted manuscripts need to make an explicit treatment of demand-side issues in line with the 1.5°C target. All submitted contributions must be written in English. Authors must follow the “Instructions for Authors” link available on this webpage.
Before full paper submission, authors are asked to send an extended abstract (400 words) via email (dsrsiee@gmail.com) to the guest editors for confirmation on the suitability to the special issue. Authors are also asked to include short biographies (100 words maximum).
The submission timelines are to ensure accepted papers are eligible for potential consideration by the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

Key dates

Abstract submission: 15th August 2017
Notification selected abstracts: 31st August 2017
Submission full papers: 1st November 2017
If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Prof. Luis Mundaca
(luis.mundaca@iiiee.lu.se).

Special Issue on Modeling economy-wide energy efficiency performance and beyond 

Full submission deadline: 31st January 2018

The journal Energy Efficiency covers wide-ranging aspects of energy efficiency in the residential, tertiary, industrial and transport sectors. Coverage includes a number of different topics and disciplines including energy efficiency policies at local, regional, national and international levels; long term impact of energy efficiency; technologies to improve energy efficiency; consumer behavior and the dynamics of consumption; socio-economic impacts of energy efficiency measures; energy efficiency as a virtual utility; transportation issues; building issues; energy management systems and energy services; energy planning and risk assessment; energy efficiency in developing countries and economies in transition; non-energy benefits of energy efficiency and opportunities for policy integration; energy education and training, and emerging technologies. The journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on the topic of `Modeling economy-wide efficiency efficiency performance and beyond` to be guest-edited by Prof. Peng Zhou, Prof. Qunwei Wang and Prof. Dequn Zhou.
Modeling economy-wide energy efficiency performance has received continuous attention from academia, national energy agencies and international organizations for supporting policy analysis and making. Traditionally, energy intensity indicators such as energy-GDP ratio are widely used as proxies for energy efficiency. While energy intensity indicators are good efficiency measures at process/plant level, they cannot measure energy efficiency performance at sector and economy levels since their changes may be driven by non-efficiency factors, e.g. production structure and factor substitution. In the past decade, scholars have developed alternative systematic models for modeling economy-wide energy efficiency performance, which range from intensity type indicators to more complicated frontier models. With the methodological developments, a number of novel application studies at sectoral or economy-wide level have also been carried out which provide valuable inputs for supporting energy efficiency measures/policies in different countries.
The special issue aims to consolidate the past practices and provide a platform share the latest knowledge about economy-wide energy efficiency modeling and analysis. It will feature high-quality papers that explicitly address the theoretical and practical aspects of economic-wide energy efficiency studies with a policy/management orientation.

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This Special Issue solicits original work that must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal and copyrighted conference proceedings/books. Submitted manuscript needs to make an explicit statement of its relevance to the Special Issue. All submitted contributions must be written in English and follow the “Instructions for Authors” of Energy Efficiency found on this page.
While it is not compulsory, authors are encouraged to send an abstract to the guest editors (via meeesiee@163.com) for confirmation on the suitability to the special issue. All manuscripts and any supplementary material must be submitted through the Springer Editorial Manager system (see link below). The submissions will be handled immediately once they are received by the journal.

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    Energy Efficiency covers wide-ranging topics related to energy efficiency, energy savings, energy consumption, energy sufficiency, and energy transition in all sectors across the globe.   Coverage includes energy efficiency policies at all levels of governance enabling social, organizational, and economic factors of sufficient and efficient behavior and decisions; analysis and modeling of energy efficiency performance, measures, policies, outcomes, and impacts; energy management systems and energy services; the role of energy efficiency and demand-side management in energy planning, energy markets and risk assessment; local sustainable energy planning; energy behavior; acceptability of policy, technology, and new energy systems; and emerging technologies and approaches  to improve energy efficiency.

    Energy Efficiency editors welcome new and original work that contributes to our knowledge of energy efficiency and energy savings and that offers broad implications for energy efficiency within the transition to a more sustainable energy system. Editors will only consider clearly written, broadly applicable and accessible submissions that contain a novel element, issue, approach, method or result and that inspire progress in actual energy efficiency gains and energy savings. Areas of current interest include

    •       Evaluation and modeling of energy efficiency policies and demand-side management programs

    •       Impact of energy efficiency economy-wide across diverse levels of governance

    •       Contribution of energy efficiency to climate change mitigation goals

    •       Co-benefits or multiple benefits of energy efficiency and energy savings, especially health benefits and productivity

    •       Policies and incentives for energy efficiency and demand-side management programs in future electricity markets with high shares of renewables and prosumers

    •        Innovative approaches to improving energy use by applying new business models and latest advances in digital information and communications technology Effects of behavioral approaches and social practices to energy demand and efficiency

    •       Corporate energy efficiency and energy savings management programs, investment decisions, financing; energy efficiency and energy savings as corporate social responsibility

    •       Energy efficiency in transport, buildings and communities showing the benefits of an integrated approach.

    •       The role of energy efficiency and demand-side response in the energy transition

    Energy Efficiency:

    •       Presents best practices and opportunities from all corners of the world

    •       Applies multi-disciplinary approaches and multiple methods

    •       Integrates fundamental and applied research

    •       Focuses on outcomes and impacts

    •       Addresses and integrates technological, economic, behavioral, and policy communities

    •       Offers high-quality original papers, brief communications, review articles, and editorials

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