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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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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

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     '...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.

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