Call for papers – Special issue on Energy Efficiency, Scientific Journal EPEE – Economics and Policy of Energy and Environment

Start/Stop Date:
30 Nov 2017
Scientific Journal EPEE – Economics and Policy of Energy and Environment
Focus Areas:
Energy efficiency
Type of Event:

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for a reform of energy markets titled “Clean Energy for all Europeans”, better known as the “Winter Package”. One of the key elements of this package is the promotion of energy efficiency. In fact, the proposal for a new Energy Efficiency Directive contained in that package even states: “Energy efficiency first".

There are many reasons why energy efficiency is placed first: “The cheapest energy, the cleanest energy, the most secure energy is the energy that is not used at all” states the same proposal. To be precise, is not always true that the energy that is not used is the least cost solution to get the same final service because normally energy efficiency is capital intensive. But capital outlays have another beneficial effect not mentioned above: Investments in energy saving create business opportunities and jobs which are especially desirable in periods and / or countries with high levels of unemployment.

The focus on energy efficiency, not just in the EU, has long been established. Even in the moments of tension in the energy markets, when the concern was above all devoted to the supply, national and international energy policies did not neglect the demand-side promotion for providing security of supply. However, energy efficiency promotion has become more important in the years 2000s when the objective of GHG emissions reduction took first priority in the energy-climate policies. Many countries have set quantitative saving targets and adopted specific policies, not just statements of principle. We now have many years of experience in the energy efficiency promotion policies, although much remains to be done. The tools used by national and regional policies have been different as well as the results. A review of what has been done can, therefore, be very useful both theoretically and practically for those who want to learn from the best practices.

This special issue intends to gather contributions concerning theoretical background, practical implementations and lessons learned about energy efficiency applied in both overall and sectoral policies. Specifically, guest editors encourage submissions of original research articles that report significant research contributions covering topics including, but not limited to:

• National/regional policies aimed at fostering the development of energy efficiency
• Sustainability and energy efficiency
• Assessment of tools for energy savings
• White certificates and energy efficiency obligation schemes
• DSM programs
• Energy efficiency barriers
• Energy efficiency and rebound effect
• Energy services companies
• Energy efficiency policies and results in different sectors such as building renovation, manufacturing industry or transport
• Macroeconomics effects of energy efficiency policies

Guest Editors
Luigi De Paoli (Bocconi University, Milan, Itay) and Dorothée Charlier (Savoie University, Annecy, France)

Guidelines for submission:
All submitted papers must contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal.
Detailed guidelines for editing are available here
Manuscripts should be submitted here

Key Dates
Full paper submission deadline:30 November , 2017
Final decision notification:30 December, 2017
Publication: February, 2018

The Journal
Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment (EPEE) is a quarterly peer reviewed platform focusing on energy and environmental economics and policy including the economics of public utilities. Contributions from academic researchers, utility managers and policy-makers ensure a useful exchange of knowledge and experience. This approach is very important, particularly in a period when energy markets and regulatory and institutional frameworks are undergoing rapid change, and environmental issues, both local and global, are becoming increasingly important. The journal is organized mainly into two sections. The section "Observatory" includes articles in which specialists express their views about topical issues of energy and environmental policy. The "Essays" section focuses on the scientific papers, mainly concerning the microeconomics and macroeconomics of energy and the environment, as well as comparative analyses of policies. All papers will be included in EconLit and Scopus. This will ensure that they will be read and cited by a worldwide audience. EPEE is edited by an international editorial board. The editorial board will be supported by a Scientific Committee composed of some of the leading international experts in the field of energy and environmental economics. EPEE is a fundamental publication on energy and environmental issues characterised by a multi-faceted perspective, an approach which is crucial for researchers, policy-makers and operators in the energy and environmental sector.