Most of the world’s island economies are highly dependent on fossil fuels for energy production and transportation, and most face a complex waste management problem. Agriculture and tourism are important sources of income for many islands, but their development is associated with high energy demands and increased waste generation.
New energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes together with creative waste management processes are required. New endogenous scenarios must be developed in order to protect the fragile environment of each island.
This special issue is an initiative of the School of Science and Technology and the School of Engineering of Universidad del Turabo, in their commitment to fostering new knowledge directed towards the improvement of economic, environmental and social welfare, which are the pillars of a sustainable development.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 4th International Conference on the Environment (http://ciemades.org), but we also strongly encourage researchers who did not participate in the conference to submit papers.
Papers are sought on a wide spectrum of topics related to the sustainable management of energy and wastes. Basic and applied science research results, reviews, new technological approaches and case studies ware welcome.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Environmental, energy and economic models for island countries
- Economic, engineering and social science approaches to solving islands' energy requirements and waste generation issues
- Endogenous energy sources of islands
- Renewable energy development and its impact upon islands
- Integration of renewable energy for thermoelectric cogeneration
- Technology assessment of ocean waves for electric energy production
- Solid waste generation and integrated management
- Energy generation potential of municipal solid wastes and biomass
- Policy-making and operation experiences in renewable energy and wastes
- Analysis of uncertainty and scenarios of environmental change issues in islands
Deadline for paper submission: 30 September, 2011
First round of paper reviews: 30 November, 2011
Second round of paper reviews: 31 January, 2012
Final paper submission: 31 March, 2012