Call for Papers

Sustainable Energy Challenges

Climate change and sustainability are challenging energy systems to new levels of innovation, in terms of technology, regulation, and social values. It is relevant to develop research, through an interdisciplinary context to present, share and discuss the most recent experiences, research results, innovations, and ideas around the multiple themes on Sustainable Energy Challenges. Access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy is an increasingly present concern and an increasingly essential one on the path to prosperity and global economic growth. Many important and challenging research areas in Energy Economics have the potential to significantly affect our future energy needs.

Many articles are recently being published in Energy Economics due to the energy transition debates that arose and the interest in sustainability issues that are emerging surrounding these challenges. Although it is not a new topic and there is a lot of research on the various subtopics that make up the theme of sustainable energy challenges, there are recent concerns related to the technological evolution of new sustainable energy sources, the evolution of markets, policies, and the behavior of consumers. It is an ever-changing topic that requires constant updating.

This Special Issue intends to compile the latest research in Energy Economics that presents solutions and ways to solve the energy challenges of the coming decades. The scope cover topics of Energy Economics related to sustainable challenges, related to new primary sources, technologies, production, storage, consumption, markets, finance, education, and social aspects, in different levels and sectors, as in buildings, cities, industry, or mobility, based in innovative indicators, data and policy analysis, and recommendations.

From the articles presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the APEEN, to be held on the 3rd and 4th February 2022, only those considered suitable for the Special Issue would be accepted. Many recent innovations are emerging in the literature regarding Sustainable Energy Challenges (both in economic or environmental terms) and this is the main topic of the conference.  Moreover, by joining economists and engineerings' efforts to provide reasonable and novel solutions for the challenges that the current economies face and that are to come.


Contributions to this Special Issue may address any of the following topics:

  • Renewable energy sources and technologies
  • Energy storage
  • Energy security and sustainability
  • Technologies for carbon neutrality
  • Energy-efficient and sustainable buildings
  • Energy efficiency in industry
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Energy systems modeling
  • Energy systems resilience to climate change
  • Energy communities and prosumers
  • Energy sustainability in cities, including supply chain
  • Natural resources and materials for energy systems
  • Energy indicators for sustainability
  • Environmental impacts of energy systems
  • Digital technologies for sustainable energy systems
  • Artificial intelligence and big data for energy transition
  • Public policies and smart regulation for sustainable and carbon neutral energy system
  • Energy economics and markets
  • Energy Transition financing
  • Energy Poverty
  • Social aspects of energy transition
  • Policy, education, and legal aspects of energy transition
  • Energy for sustainable development


Guest Editors

Margarita Robaina, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engenieering and Tourism, University of Aveiro and GOVCOPP - Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy, Portugal
Email: mrobaina@ua.pt

Mara Madaleno, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engenieering and Tourism, University of Aveiro and GOVCOPP - Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy, Portugal
Email: maramadaleno@ua.pt

Marta Ferreira Dias, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engenieering and Tourism, University of Aveiro and GOVCOPP - Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy, Portugal
Email: mfdias@ua.pt

Daniel Magueta, Adjunct Professor, ESTGA— Águeda School of Technology and Management, University of Aveiro and GOVCOPP - Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy, Portugal
Email: dmagueta@ua.pt


Deadline for submission: 15/03/2022


How to submit?

All authors must follow the Instructions for authors before submitting and select "S.I. Sustainable Energy Challenges” as Article type. In general, manuscripts should be submitted in Word and not exceed 7000 words.

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