Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research (AEER) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality peer-reviewed papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of environmental science and engineering. Work at any scale, from molecular biology through to ecology, is welcomed.

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Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). We encourage authors to be succinct; however, authors should present their results in as much detail as necessary. Reviewers are expected to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.


Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 6.1 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 16.1 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 9 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Energy – Urban Planning and Sustainable Development

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Dr. Ilpo Koskinen, Professor

Design Next, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

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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:

  • Foresight of the impact of new energy technologies
  • Sustainable planning principles and case studies for these technologies
  • The role of anchor institutions in primary industries like farms, factories, mines and smelters, and in services like airports, shopping malls and hospitals
  • How new technologies are taken into account in urban planning: how to build neighborhoods that minimise energy use, generate and consume it locally on demand, store it locally
  • Case studies on the intersection between urban planning and community uptake of more localised energy generation, storage, and supply
  • What kinds of rebound effects and boomerang effects can be expected, and how these may be mitigated or encouraged
  • The interactions between lifestyles, new energy technologies, and sustainability
  • How these pathways depend on local circumstances – the availability of reliable sun, hydro power, vegetation, ecology, and established urban development plans and practices

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

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Original Research

Evaluating Peer-to-Peer Electricity Markets across the U.S. Using an Agent-Based Modeling Approach

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 [...]
Open Access Research Article

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 [...]
Open Access Original Research

Vulnerability and Resilience: An Attempt to Theorize

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 [...]
Open Access Original Research

Impact of COVID-19 on Chile's Energy Transition Policies and Goals

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 [...]
Open Access Original Research

Implementation of a Dynamic Thermal and Illuminance Control System in Responsive Façades: Shading Study

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 [...]
Open Access Review

The Role of Land Use Planning in Urban Transport to Mitigate Climate Change: A Literature Review

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 [...]