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Energy Economics and Environmental Sustainability: The Development of Green Industry

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 1155

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School of Economics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230601, China
Interests: energy and environment policy analysis; enterprise green transformation
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School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210000, China
Interests: climate change; energy economics and policy; green transition; low-carbon consumption; environmental effect assessment

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Dear Colleagues:

The intertwined challenges of climate change, energy security, and economic growth form a complex nexus that demands multifaceted solutions. As nations grapple with escalating energy demands and growing environmental concerns, the role of green industries in fostering both energy economics and environmental sustainability becomes ever more critical. This cross-disciplinary area of inquiry not only is scientifically intriguing, but also holds substantial implications for policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public.

The aim of this Special Issue, tentatively entitled "Energy Economics and Environmental Sustainability: The Development of Green Industry," is to compile cutting-edge research that explores the economic, technological, and social aspects of green industries. We seek contributions that analyze the synergies and trade-offs between energy production, economic profitability, and environmental protection. This Special Issue aims to foster discussions that could inform effective strategies for sustainable growth, directly aligning with the broader scope of our journal, which focuses on the intersection of economics, policy, and environmental studies.

We welcome empirical, theoretical, and review papers on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Economic Viability of Renewable Energy Sources: Examining the economics of solar, wind, hydro, and other renewable energy sources;
  • Green Technologies and Innovations: Evaluating the impact of green technologies on industrial development and environmental conservation;
  • Policy Frameworks for Green Industry: Comparative analyses of governmental policies that stimulate or hinder the growth of green industries;
  • Social Impacts of Green Industry: Investigating how the development of green industries affects job creation, social equity, and community resilience;
  • Resource Management for Sustainability: Approaches to managing natural resources in a manner that balances economic growth and environmental protection;
  • Market Dynamics in Green Industries: Studies on supply and demand, competition, and other market forces in green industry;
  • Sustainable Business Models: Evaluating how businesses in the green sector can achieve profitability while meeting environmental and social goals;
  • Global and Regional Case Studies: Analyses that offer lessons from specific geographies regarding the development of green industry;
  • Energy Transitions and Infrastructure: Studies on the shift from fossil-fuel-based systems to sustainable energy infrastructures.

We look forward to your contributions and hope that this Special Issue will serve as a platform for enriching the academic and policy debates on this crucial topic.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Ruipeng Tan
Dr. Mengmeng Xu
Guest Editors

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  • green industry development
  • energy economics
  • environmental policy
  • renewable energy viability
  • sustainable business models
  • resource management
  • social equity in green industries
  • regional case studies
  • technological innovation for sustainability
  • market dynamics in renewable energy

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Factors Influencing Carbon Emissions in High Carbon Industries in the Zhejiang Province and Decoupling Effect Analysis
by Yong Xiao, Cheng Yong, Wei Hu and Hanyun Wang
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 15975; - 15 Nov 2023
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High-carbon emission industries are the most important source of carbon emissions in the Zhejiang Province. Due to the differences in the development level of various industries, it is necessary to adjust the carbon emission reduction strategies of various industries. As the first ecological [...] Read more.
High-carbon emission industries are the most important source of carbon emissions in the Zhejiang Province. Due to the differences in the development level of various industries, it is necessary to adjust the carbon emission reduction strategies of various industries. As the first ecological province in China, the promotion of carbon emission reduction in high-carbon industries in the Zhejiang Province plays an important leading role in the development of low-carbon economy in other industries and other provinces in China. Taking eight high-carbon industries in Zhejiang Province as the research object, this paper uses the LMDI factor decomposition model to deconstruct the influencing factors and effects of carbon emissions in eight industries in the Zhejiang Province from 2010 to 2021. On this basis, the Tapio decoupling model is applied to study the reasons and driving factors of the decoupling between economic growth and carbon emissions. The results showed that: (1) During the study period, the total carbon emissions of eight industries in the Zhejiang Province increased by 24,312,200 t, showing an overall upward trend. (2) The effect of economic growth and population size led to the rapid growth of carbon emissions in eight industries in the Zhejiang Province, and the effect of energy intensity on carbon emission reduction was the most significant; the effect of industry structure presented a trend of first promoting and then inhibiting, and the effect of carbon emission coefficient always inhibited carbon emissions. (3) The population size has restricted decoupling efforts; energy intensity has the greatest impact on the realization of industry decoupling; energy structure and industry structure decoupling efforts are small; the carbon emission coefficient has always influenced decoupling efforts. This research paper will provide suggestions and policies for the development of low-carbon economy in Zhejiang Province. Full article
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