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Energy – Urban Planning and Sustainable Development
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2023 (Open) Submit Now
Dr. Ilpo Koskinen, Professor
Design Next, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
Research Interests: Mobile multimedia; The relationship of design and cities; Design methodology
About This Topic
Urban planning has several tools for making cities more sustainable. They range from regulating building density to renewing building codes and inspection practices, and from creating incentives for using energy-saving materials to minimising traffic flows, creating green areas, restoring wetlands, and minimising dark surfaces of roads and parking lots. Thinking in urban planning has introduced new ways of saving energy, including green areas, community development to reduce commuting and passive buildings. The building industry is innovating more energy-efficient building techniques and logistical processes that minimize the carbon footprint of construction.
Energy technologies are creating a paradigm shift that poses challenges for cities. Energy production and delivery have been in the hands of large corporations for well over a century. However, momentum is shifting towards decentralised and flexible systems; driven by policy incentives and technological innovations. These new technologies cover photovoltaics and wind, with falling costs leading to rapid uptake. Energy storage methods such as pumped hydro and batteries are following this growth. Other technologies are emerging, such as geothermal, bioenergy, hydrogen or advanced nuclear. The shift has been dramatic in some countries, such as Sweden and parts of Australia, where carbon neutrality is approaching faster than believed possible five years ago. Other regional bodies such as the EU are encouraging a similar uptake of such technologies as a part of their larger environmental policies.
These energy technologies provide new tools for better and more sustainable urban environments. However, whether these benefits materialise depends on implementation and adaptation; and whether scientists, engineers, and urban designers can foresee potential rebound and boomerang effects of new energy technology, policy, and planning principles.
This special issue welcomes papers that help us understand the interplay of urban planning and new energy technologies, and generate more sustainable environments.
For example, papers could focus on:
Papers are due June 15, 2022.
There is no restriction on length, although authors should be succinct. Papers will be published open access with no charge.
Urban planning; Sustainability; Clean energy; Energy storage; Foresight
Received: 14 June 2022; Published: 02 February 2023; doi: 10.21926/aeer.2301017
The diffusion of distributed energy resources can overcome some challenges associated with the historical centralized model of electric power distribution. Decentralized generation by residential solar photovoltaic cells creates the potential for peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity trading, where households can act as consumers and prosumers to [...]
Urban Policy Response to Radical Innovation in Sustainable Energy: The Case of University Spin-Offs and Local Triple Helix Interaction
Received: 11 July 2022; Published: 16 January 2023; doi: 10.21926/aeer.2301007
This paper pictures several risk-taking strategies of young high-tech firms in bringing energy inventions to market and ways urban policy (municipalities) may provide supporting facilities and help accelerate the energy transition. Derived from a longitudinal study of 100 firms in northwest Europe, two findings contribute to practice. Firstl [...]
by Fiona Bénard
Received: 15 June 2022; Published: 16 November 2022; doi: 10.21926/aeer.2204045
In the context of resource depletion and global warming, the energy transition has become a necessity. To provide a basis for analysis and to support countries in this transition, it is necessary to better understand this transition. The creation of a good measurement tool could help. This paper proposes a measure of national resilience throug [...]
by José Nieto , Carmen Vasquez , Rubén Acevedo , Rodrigo Ramírez-Pisco , Luís Manuel-Navas , Mercedes Gaitan-Angulo , Melva Inés Gómez-Caicedo and Catalina Altamar-Cuervo
Received: 16 June 2022; Published: 13 October 2022; doi: 10.21926/aeer.2204041
Because of climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have increased, leading to the implementation of energy transition policies. Countries have adopted the Paris Agreement to curb the effects of climate change. The emergence of COVID-19 in 2020 led to the application of different measures to stop its transmission. This study evaluated [...]
Implementation of a Dynamic Thermal and Illuminance Control System in Responsive Façades: Shading Study
by Gabriel de Bem , Marlon Mulhbauer , Pablo La Roche , André Matias , Ricardo Almeida and Eduardo Kruger
Received: 30 May 2022; Published: 29 September 2022; doi: 10.21926/aeer.2203038
This study evaluates three shading configurations designed and tested in a preliminary stage of responsive shading device development. The strategy is based on trigonometric relationships focused on solar angles at any given moment. The configurations are thus related to the ratio of the window area shaded by a responsive brise-soleil that [...]
Received: 13 May 2022; Published: 26 August 2022; doi: 10.21926/aeer.2203033
With the growing urbanisation phenomenon, ambitious policy interventions are needed to limit transport-related greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas. Cities are a predominant source of pollution, with urban transport contributing significantly to emissions. To address climate change, decision-makers must implement appropriate and effective [...]
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