Special Issue "Spatial Planning and Sustainable Energy Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dimitra Vagiona
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Guest Editor
Department of Spatial Planning and Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: sustainable development; environmental impact assessment; water resources management; renewable energy resources; analytical tools for decision-making; environmental economics and integrated environmental management and planning
Assist. Prof. Georgia Pozoukidou
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Guest Editor
Department of Spatial Planning and Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece
Interests: spatial planning; land use planning; land use simulation models; planning support systems; participatory planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Renewable energy sources have emerged as a major policy issue at national, European and international level. Integrated spatial and energy planning approaches can support environmental protection and climate adaptation and mitigation policies. Spatial dimensions of renewable energy systems as well as restrictions, limitations, challenges, and opportunities in different spatial contexts have become even more important.

The focus of this Special Issue is on research and case studies that examine the issue of renewable energy planning addressing technical/engineering aspects as well as integration of sustainable energy development into spatial planning strategies at all scales, ranging from national and regional planning policies, to planning at town or local level.

This Special Issue welcomes research, review papers or case studies that are related, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Renewable energy sources;
  • Integration of energy systems;
  • Community-based energy production schemes;
  • Site selection and deployment of renewable-energy-source-related developments;
  • Strategic environmental and social impact assessment;
  • Energy saving and efficiency;
  • Energy conversion and management;
  • Low carbon emission applications;
  • Integrated spatial planning strategies for low carbon towns and regions;
  • Urban form, land use planning and energy efficiency;
  • Best practices in energy strategy planning and implementation;
  • Climate resilient energy solutions;
  • Environmental, social, and economic impacts of energy policies;
  • Role of planning and planners in energy production;
  • Communication, participation, and decision making in renewable energy planning;
  • Social dimensions of energy and sustainability;
  • Social innovation in energy planning;
  • Innovative solutions in renewable energy technologies;
  • Sustainable smart energy city;
  • Green and blue infrastructures;
  • Environmental impact assessment of renewable technologies;
  • Renewable energy sources and marine spatial planning.

Assoc. Prof. Dimitra Vagiona
Assist. Prof. Georgia Pozoukidou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Renewable energy sources
  • Integrated spatial energy planning
  • Energy policies
  • Participatory energy planning
  • Renewable energy technologies

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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