12 March 2017

Call for papers: "Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems: SDEWES"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Our aim is to broaden discussions on health, environment and sustainable development which are of worldwide concern today. Countries face a myriad of problems relating to poverty and a lack of basic services, and to other large-scale, rapid industrialisation, urbanisation and technological development. Problems are often simultaneously local and global. Key milestones which have shaped recent thinking and approaches to dealing with health and environmental problems in the context of sustainable development are highlighted, and the challenges faced by the health sector are outlined.
Find empirical evidences on the continuous improvements of business and sustainable development in different parts of the world, which extend the opportunities in the business, globalisation and sustainable development. Excellence in research is the key to benefiting academics, businesses, society and other relevant stakeholders at local, national, regional and international levels.
The contents of the special issue will disseminate information and encourage the creation of a leading learning organisation to cope with the demands of sustainable development throughout the world. This effort will build networks between research and publication, academic and society, the government and private sector, and across diverse interest groups. Therefore, we aims to enhance the depth of understanding about societal innovation under various sub-themes of business and sustainable development. Further, it will provide empirical evidences on innovation used in businesses across the globe for sustainable development.
We are dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars. One of the main issues of the coming decades is to improve efficiencies by integrating various life supporting systems, using waste from one, as resource in other, and in exact moment when it is beneficial to all, integrating electricity, heating, cooling, transport, water, buildings, industry, forestry and agriculture systems. Sustainability being also a perfect field for interdisciplinary and multi-cultural evaluation of complex system, the SDEWES has at the beginning of the 21st century become a significant venue for researchers in those areas to meet, and originate, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Sustainability comparisons and measurements
  • Green economy and better governance
  • Smart energy systems
  • Decoupling growth from resources
  • Decarbonisation (policies, potentials, models, costs and benefits, macroeconomic analysis, financial and regulatory mechanisms, trends and predictions, models and tools, wedges, rebound effects)
  • Energy policy (security of supply, climate change mitigation, renewable energy support schemes, energy efficiency policy, employment creation, agriculture and forestry, financial mechanisms, tax, cap and trade, feed-in tariffs, feed-in premium, green certificates, markets, fossil fuel subsidies, capacity remuneration mechanisms)
  • Transport policy (fuel and carbon economy, transport electrification, urban sprawl management, traffic management, congestion and road pricing, dynamic road pricing, modal management, alternative fuels, social aspects, rail vs. air, autonomous mobility, shipping, aviation)
  • Water policy and the energy-water nexus (water management, wastewater management, water reuse, water pricing, water desalination, water-renewables integration)
  • Environmental policy (waste management, wastewater management, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, air pollution policy, water pollution policy, land management, biomass management, rewilding, social aspects, emission tax, cap and trade, cap and trade vs. pollution tax, fuel and carbon economy regulation in transport and power generation)
  • Agricultural policy (energy use in agriculture and food processing, food vs. biofuels, sustainability of biofuels production, sustainability of food subsidies, subsidies vs. free trade, new green revolution, R&D in agriculture)
  • Environment and corporate social responsibility (quality management systems, environment management systems, eco management and audit schemes, occupational health and safety assessment systems, hazard analysis and critical control point, integrated management systems)
  • Social acceptance (reform, NIMBY, nuclear, wind, biofuels, hydrogen, hidden and special interests, cost based pricing, inclusion, fossil fuel subsidy, green economy and employment)
  • Sustainable resilience of systems (resilience of energy systems, resilience of water systems, resilience of environmental systems, resilience of agricultural systems, resilience of social systems, resilience of engineering systems)
  • Sustainable tourism (green hotels, certification, labelling proliferation, green cruisers)
  • Urbanism (urban planning, zoning, transport, modal shift, zero energy buildings, energy system planning, district heating/cooling, civitas, concerto, covenant of mayors)
  • Regional planning and cooperation (sustainable islands, regions and cities, energy and environment for jobs and development, financial and regulatory mechanisms, obligations and standards, energy and resource flow optimisation, 100% renewable regions, regional cooperation and networking, sustainable development across international borders)
  • Sustainable shipping (efficiency, regulation, renewables, cruisers, tankers, cargo)
  • Research, innovation and development (demand side funding, supply side funding, researcher mobility, intrasectorial mobility, industry-academia partnership, knowledge based society, knowledge management, learning curve)
  • Education in sustainable development (governance, environmental awareness, higher education, engineering education)
  • Energy system analysis (models, tools and methodologies, surveys and results, integration of power and district heating systems, integration of power and water systems, integration of power and transport systems, power to gas)
  • Water system analysis (models, tools and methodologies, surveys and results)
  • Transport system analysis (models, tools and methodologies, survey and results)
  • Life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment, eco-design and eco-labelling, product cycle assessment, cleaner production
  • Energy planning (power system planning, smart energy systems, smart energy networks, natural gas system planning, 100% renewable energy systems, high penetration of renewables, island energy systems, development of energy planning tools, internalizing environmental externalities, electrification of transport, storage vs. grids vs. demand management, long term demand planning)
  • Transport management (modelling, optimisation, tracking, GPS/mobile systems, dynamic road pricing, electrification of transport)
  • Renewable energy resources (forest and agricultural biomass, biofuels, second generation biofuels, biogas, hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, wave and ocean, technical and economic potentials, barriers, cost and benefits, integration)
  • Primary energy resources (oil, gas, coal, uranium, thorium, oil peaking, scarcity)
  • Water resources (renewable, surface, underground, desalination, etc. river management, arid areas)
  • Food and agriculture (energy and water use, environmental impact, financial mechanisms, subsidies, free trade, impact of biofuels, new green revolution, R&D, GMO, biogas, renewables in agriculture)
  • Renewable electricity generation systems (biomass, grid and fluidized bed, biofuels, biogas, hydro, wind, offshore wind, high altitude wind, photovoltaic, concentrated solar thermal power, geothermal, wave, tide, ocean thermal)
  • Thermal power plants (clean coal, fluidized bed, combined cycles, advanced cycles, flexible operation, cycling)
  • District heating and/or cooling infrastructures in future smart energy systems (integration of renewable energy heat supply, cogeneration, industrial waste heat, waste to energy and CHP, power to heat, electric boilers, heat pumps, integration of CHP with district heating and electricity markets, heat maps, distribution)
  • Nano and micro technologies and science for sustainable development of energy, water, and environment systems
  • Carbon capture and storage/sequestration (oxy-fuel combustion, pre-combustion capture, post-combustion capture, CO2 transport, enhanced oil/gas recovery, enhanced coal bed methane recovery, chemical fixation, aquifer storage, bedrock storage, ocean storage, leakage)
  • Nuclear energy (new power plant designs, waste, proliferation, fusion, transmutation, sustainability, policies, social acceptance, financial support schemes)
  • Advanced sustainable energy conversion systems (fuel cells, thermoelectric, thermionic, organic, ORC, waste heat recycling, thermoacoustic, piezoelectric)
  • Renewable heat systems (biomass, biofuels, biogas, solar, geothermal)
  • Biofuels and biorefineries (biodiesel, bioethanol, second and third generation biofuels, waste to biofuels, algae, anaerobic digestion, BTL, biorefineries, vehicles, infrastructure, combustion modelling, sustainability assessment, pyrolysis, torrefaction, coproduction)
  • Hydrogen production and use technologies (stationary, mobile, small applications, electrolysis, reforming, nuclear hydrogen, infrastructure)
  • Hybrid and electric vehicles (first generation, plug in, charging, batteries, infrastructure)
  • Alternative fuels (electro-fuels, power to gas, synthetic fuels, BTL, DME, CNG, resources, production, vehicles, infrastructure)
  • Water treatment (methods, health issues, standards, grey water)
  • Water desalination (distillation, reverse and forward osmosis, electro dialysis, energy recovery, discharge management)
  • Wastewater treatment (municipal, industrial, agricultural)
  • Waste treatment (circular economy, eco-innovation, avoiding waste, composting, recycling, waste to energy, incineration, landfill, anaerobic digestion, gasification, mechanical biological treatment, mechanical heat treatment, plasma arc waste disposal, pyrolysis, RDF/SRF, cement industry, tyres, combustion modelling)
  • Pollution modelling (CFD models, air pollution spreading, water pollution spreading, combustion modelling)
  • Heat and mass transfer modelling (CFD models, energy efficiency)
  • Cogeneration (heat and power, water and power, biofuels and power, transport and energy, food and energy, waste to energy)
  • Trigeneration, polygeneration
  • Storage (heat storage, hydrogen storage, hydropower as storage, pump storage, compressed air storage, batteries, water storage, biofuels storage, storage optimisation modelling, financial support mechanisms, optimising load, power market arbitrage)
  • Electricity transmission and distribution (grid extension and robustness, long distance transmission, implicit auctioning as part of market coupling, automation, local voltage control in areas with high penetration of PV, power quality, power electronics, renewables and power quality)
  • Gas security of supply (shale gas, extension of transmission pipelines, LNG, Southern Corridor)
  • Energy efficiency in industry and mining (cement and lime, construction materials, glass, pulp and paper, food industry, metallurgy, chemical industry, process optimisation, kilns, boilers, heat exchange networks, pinch analysis, exergy and exergoeconomic analysis, energy audits, water use and waste minimisation, eco-innovation, total site integration)
  • Energy efficient appliances (smart appliances, labelling and standards, user interfaces, user behaviour)
  • Buildings (nearly zero energy buildings, passive buildings, smart buildings, smart metering, ICT, load and demand side management, green buildings, building standards, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, cooling, insulation, renewables, heat pumps, storage, sustainable architecture, buildings certification)
  • Energy markets (market coupling, price coupling, liberalisation, deregulation, spot markets, pools, storage, renewables, merging and acquisitions, modelling, day ahead markets, intraday markets, balancing, reserve capacity markets, demand side management, role of district heating, desalination and water pumping on electricity markets, grid parity, net metering, adequacy, cycling)
  • Emission markets
  • Political aspects of sustainable development (long term planning, the role of political leaders and of voters, international conflict vs. sustainable development, security and sustainability, resource and political security)
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 25 July, 2017
Final versions due: 27 August, 2017

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