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Energy, Sustainability and Society

Energy, Sustainability and Society

Editor-in-Chief: Daniela Thrän

ISSN: 2192-0567 (electronic version)

Journal no. 13705

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  • Offers broad coverage of the science, engineering, politics and social implications of sustainable energy systems
  • A forum for natural scientists, engineers, social and political scientists, and experts in and around the energy industry
  • Edited in cooperation with the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) and principal investigators from the Helmholtz Association

This international peer-reviewed open access journal offers a forum for discourse on systemic challenges at the intersection of energy, sustainability and society for natural scientists, engineers, social and political scientists and industry experts. It is the particular aim of this journal to publish inter- and cross-disciplinary papers that provide a substantial contribution to the holistic innovation of sustainable energy systems.

The scope of the journal encompasses the whole innovation process, ranging from scientific research to both innovative approaches for technology implementation and the analysis of economic, social and environmental impacts of sustainable energy systems. We particularly welcome papers that integrate at least two dimensions of the energy, sustainability and society nexus and contribute to new holistic system solutions for the development of novel future energy. The journal strives to publish early scientific opinions on issues, which are just emerging and require crosscutting and creative thinking.

Energy, Sustainability and Society publishes independently peer-reviewed original research papers, review papers, forum articles, book reviews, and  short communications

Related subjects » Engineering - Policy, Economics, Management & Transport - Sustainable Development

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SCOPUS, Google Scholar, CSA, ProQuest, DOAJ, EI-Compendex, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Geobase, OCLC, SCImago, Summon by ProQuest

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    The economic, social and cultural development of human society is highly dependent upon a consistent supply of energy. Sustainable development is therefore only possible, if our society attempts to find and implement environmentally compatible, socially acceptable and economically viable means to acquire its energy services. This challenge requires systemic and holistic innovations that include a sustainable supply of resources, the development of highly efficient technical solutions and the adaptation of energy systems to the environmental, economic and cultural context as well as the social and political framework to enable sustainable energy systems to be implemented for the welfare of mankind.

    The aim of the journal is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the discourse between natural scientists, engineers, social & political scientists as well as experts from industry who drive the innovation of sustainable energy systems. It is the particular aim of this journal to publish papers extending across different disciplines and providing a substantial contribution to the holistic innovation of these energy systems.

    In line with the goal of this journal to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discourse for systemic energy innovation, the scope of the journal encompasses the whole innovation process ranging from scientific research to both innovative approaches for technology implementation and the analysis of economic, social and environmental impacts of sustainable energy systems. Main emphasis will be placed on papers addressing complex issues with innovation potential at the interface between technical solutions, their implementation and their social, environmental and economic impacts.

    Therefore, the journal covers papers in complex topics dealing with

    • research, development and implementation of sustainable energy sources and systems, including for instance bio-refineries, carbon capture, reuse systems;
    • from start to finish the efficient supply of resources by means of their technological cascading conversion, via their storage and distribution through to their end-use;
    • the development of regionally adapted sustainable energy and material supply systems and discourse on how to transform urban settlements into smart cities;
    • systemic approaches to link information technologies with energy technologies that meet the social and environmental criteria for sustainable development;
    • political and economic frameworks to improve the environmental, economic and social performance of energy systems;
    • concepts for discovering novel energy sources, energy mixes and energy systems requiring a large variety of technological solutions, sophisticated computer simulations, novel laboratory technologies, large-scale research facilities, as well as scenario development and national and international networks
    • and in general inform about the complex interactions between energy, sustainable development and societal change.

    Energy, Sustainability and Society publishes independently peer-reviewed original full-length research papers, review papers, forum articles and book reviews. Of special interest are short communications on innovative approaches. From time to time, the journal includes special topical or conference issues that concentrate on specific areas.

    We partner with scientists from the Helmholtz Association and the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) as the topics of the journal reflect their research field and focus.

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