Special Issue "COVID-19 Crisis Implications on the Energy Sector and on the Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
Interests: energy and environmental engineering systems; air pollution modeling, simulation anenergy and environmental engineering systems; air pollution modeling; planning and optimization; sustainable development of the petrochemical industry.
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This Special Issue will provide an opportunity for researchers to present articles on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the energy sector and the environment. The COVID-19 crisis has caused a severe drop in travel and a significant commercial and industrial downturn that has contributed to low oil prices. On the positive side, this has (and at least temporarily) lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. However, it is believed that such low oil prices will have a direct impact on progress in the renewable energy sector. Clean energy technologies were expanding their reach and developing supply chains covering several continents. Cheap oil prices are believed to weaken global investments in clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and energy efficiency. At the same time, another argument is that such low oil prices might accelerate the transition to renewable energy since the average returns from oil and gas projects are now comparable to renewable projects and might be lower.
Industries have been spending billions on research and development activities in electric vehicles and other cleaner options for transportation. The COVID-19 and low oil prices will represent big setbacks to these efforts. Furthermore, as countries undertake drastic measures to combat the COVID-19 effect (including payments of wages and business loan schemes) more limited funds and less political motivation will be available to invest in decarbonization and renewable energy infrastructure.
The crises will seriously impact shale oil producers, can cause a decrease in demand on oil commodities, and will result in low revenues for oil companies, which will lead to a serious contraction of oil supply in the long run. Countries might also take advantage of the low prices and invest in building or expanding strategic petroleum reserves.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
- Clean energy technologies
- Impact of low oil prices on US shale producers
- Renewable energy tax credits
- Increasing crude oil reserves
- Strategic crude oil storage
- Demand-side management
- Renewable energy supply chains
- Energy mix
- Energy scenarios as the global economy recovers
- Policy issues during and after the current crisis
- Integrated upstream and downstream
Prof. Dr. Ali Elkamel
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- energy planning
- mathematical programming
- stochastic optimization
- machine learning
- carbon capture and storage (CCS)
- fossil fuels
- renewable energy
- dynamic modeling
- environmental impacts
- electricity generation
- energy mix
- government policy and regulation
- crisis management
- long-term economic improvement
- economic impacts and globalization
- investment decisions
- energy policy