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Sustainable Energy Planning and Environmental Assessment

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 June 2024 | Viewed by 1578

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Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum-Beijing, Beijing 102249, China
Interests: energy environment management and economics

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Department of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
Interests: energy policy; energy economics

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Department of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
Interests: energy economics; energy technology innovation

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College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
Interests: environment management; energy modelling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy is utilized in a wide range of industries and is an important component of sustainable development. However, it is obvious to all that the use of fossil energy causes great damage to the environment, thus seriously threatening the future of mankind. It has become a widely recognized opinion among scholars, countries and even the general public that we need to consider not only economic and social development but also the survival of the planet. The challenges currently facing the world are clearly laid out in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include affordable clean energy, climate action, and responsible consumption and production. The Paris Agreement, signed by major national leaders, commits to the carbon neutrality (net zero emission) goals that have profoundly changed the direction of the energy sector. It is our duty to build a clean, zero-carbon, safe and efficient energy system, and an environmentally friendly society.

In this context, industrial activities and management processes need to embed the concept of sustainable development in their solutions and planning, so that economic and environmental benefits can be realized. At the same time, the regulatory authorities need to launch relevant standards and regulations to implement environmental regulations and promote the sustainable transformation of enterprises and industries.

The aim of this Special Issue is to explore the content related to sustainable energy planning and environmental assessment, with a disciplinary focus on energy planning, environmental science, engineering management, and techno-economic optimization. Authors are welcome to submit original research articles and reviews in this Special Issue. The research areas include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Economic, social, and environmental renewable energy assessment;
  • Techno-economic evaluation of energy environment technologies;
  • Engineering management for waste reuse;
  • Assessment of innovative technologies for the energy environment sector;
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in sustainable energy planning and environmental assessment;
  • Multi-scale energy development assessment models;
  • Energy and environmental policy evaluation.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Qi Zhang
Dr. Ge Wang
Dr. Siyuan Chen
Dr. Yan Li
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • environmental management
  • clean, sustainable energy
  • sustainable technology application
  • reuse and management of waste
  • techno-economic analysis
  • energy environment optimization

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Can Civilized City Construction Promote Enterprise Green Innovation?
by Xuwei Tang, Qi Zhang, Chunxin Li, Haitao Zhang and Haiyun Xu
Sustainability 2024, 16(8), 3496; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16083496 - 22 Apr 2024
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The existing research shows that when facing the trade-off between economic benefits and green innovation, enterprises often prioritize economic gains, and how to promote enterprise green innovation (EGI) has become a pressing issue that needs to be solved at this stage. Against this [...] Read more.
The existing research shows that when facing the trade-off between economic benefits and green innovation, enterprises often prioritize economic gains, and how to promote enterprise green innovation (EGI) has become a pressing issue that needs to be solved at this stage. Against this backdrop, China’s Civilized City Construction (CCC) policy, which emphasizes the coordinated development of economic, political, ecological, and spiritual civilization, places higher demands on enterprise environmental behaviors. This creates an opportune moment to investigate the relationship between urban governance policies and EGI. In this study, we employ a Difference-in-Differences (DID) model to examine whether the CCC policy can promote EGI and reveal its underlying mechanisms. The research findings indicate that CCC significantly promotes EGI. The policy improves EGI levels by strengthening regional environmental regulations and increasing environmental subsidy levels. This finding provides lessons for advancing enterprise sustainability strategies and new perspectives for global urban governance policy formulation and implementation. Full article
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Evaluation of Low-Carbon Economic Efficiency under Industrial Clustering and Study of Regional Differences, Taking Xinjiang as an Example
by Xiaoyu Ju, Xiaoli Zhou, Liangwei Zhang, Chun-Ai Ma and Yue Zhang
Sustainability 2024, 16(5), 2008; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16052008 - 29 Feb 2024
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As a major resource region, Xinjiang is both China’s energy security base and an important hub connecting Asia and Europe. Following the country’s call for carbon emission reduction, the Xinjiang government proposes to accelerate the construction of eight major industrial clusters in 2023. [...] Read more.
As a major resource region, Xinjiang is both China’s energy security base and an important hub connecting Asia and Europe. Following the country’s call for carbon emission reduction, the Xinjiang government proposes to accelerate the construction of eight major industrial clusters in 2023. The concept of sustainable development is also reflected in the industrial clusters in areas such as new energy. In this study, we combined panel data from 14 regions and cities in Xinjiang from 2006 to 2020 and analyzed the synergy between the development of industrial clusters, carbon emissions, and economic growth using a coupling coordination degree model. Subsequently, we used the super-efficiency slack-based measure (SE-SBM) and Dagum’s Gini coefficient to analyze the spatial disequilibrium of efficiency measures and efficiency cases. The results show the following: (1) Overall, the industrial clusters, carbon emissions, and economic growth in the 14 regions and cities of Xinjiang are not well coordinated. The best reported level has been medium coordination, but there exists a certain degree of correlation among the three. (2) Low-carbon economic efficiency under the influence of industrial clusters in the 14 regions and cities shows significant regional differences. The regions and cities with low-carbon economic efficiency greater than 0.8, which is significantly better than the other regions in terms of efficiency, are all located in northern Xinjiang. (3) During the study period, the overall regional difference in low-carbon economic efficiency under industrial clusters in Xinjiang decreased from 0.183 to 0.17. However, the regional differences were still large. The conclusions indicate that policies for industrial clusters in Xinjiang can promote industrial development, and there may be a correlation between them and the low-carbon economy. This will effectively contribute to local sustainable development. However, overall regional differences are significant, and the degree of coordination is low. Therefore, we suggest that the government can share the advantages of development by constructing cross-regional cooperation platforms. At the same time, the Xinjiang government should make full use of the rich local wind and solar energy resources and explore a low-carbon path toward transforming the traditional energy industry. It can also be seen that industrial clusters in Xinjiang can effectively promote local sustainable development. Full article
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