Special Issue "Global Energy Economics and Implications of Energy-Related Policies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kentaka Aruga
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Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University, Saitama 338-8570, Japan
Interests: oil market; natural gas market; coal market; energy transition; energy security; energy–environmental Kuznets curve; time series analysis; discrete choice experiment; altruistic consumption
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Dear Colleagues,

The importance of global energy economics is becoming more crucial for building effective energy policy to balance the increasing energy demand and supply while minimizing the energy-related CO2 emissions. As there are still a large number of people without access to electricity, it is expected that the amount of global energy consumption will continue to rise. Thus, if no energy policy is implemented to transition from fossil fuel energy toward renewable energy, the speed of environmental damages caused by greenhouse gas emissions will progress at an unprecedented pace. 

This Special Edition hopes to collect studies that will help to understand the situation of the current energy policy in various countries and how they are striving to shift toward renewable energy or research analyzing energy markets to reveal their present conditions. The Special Issue also invites diverse topics related to global energy economics and implications of energy-related policies. Below are some of the potential topics that are related to the focus of this Special Issue:  

  • Global/regional fossil fuel energy markets;
  • Global/regional renewable energy markets;
  • Electric vehicle adoption;
  • Energy policy and climate change;
  • Energy efficiency development;
  • Energy policy in developed and developing nations;
  • Energy policy in energy security;
  • Global/regional policies to reduce energy poverty;
  • Global/regional policies for combating the effects of COVID-19 on the energy sector.

Dr. Kentaka Aruga
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • energy economics
  • resource economics
  • energy policy
  • fossil fuel
  • renewable energy
  • climate change
  • energy security
  • energy poverty
  • energy transition
  • energy efficiency

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Does Staying at Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic Help Reduce CO2 Emissions?
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8534; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13158534 - 30 Jul 2021
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Quarantining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic significantly restricted human mobility such as visits to parks, grocery stores, workplaces, retail places, and transit stations. In this research, we analyzed how the changes in human mobility during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, [...] Read more.
Quarantining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic significantly restricted human mobility such as visits to parks, grocery stores, workplaces, retail places, and transit stations. In this research, we analyzed how the changes in human mobility during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, from February to April 2020 (i.e., between 17 February and 30 April 2020), affected the daily CO2 emissions for countries having a high number of coronavirus cases at that time. Our daily time-series analyses indicated that when average hours spent at home increased, the amount of daily CO2 emissions declined significantly. The findings suggest that for all three countries (the US, India, and France), a 1% increase in the average duration spent in residential areas reduced daily CO2 emissions by 0.17 Mt, 0.10 Mt, and 0.01 Mt, respectively, during the first wave period. Thus, confining people into their homes contributes to cutting down CO2 emissions remarkably. However, the study also reveals those activities such as visiting parks and going grocery shopping increase CO2 emissions, suggesting that unnecessary human mobility is undesirable for the environment. Full article
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