- Inês Azevedo, Stanford University
- Chris Bataille, IDDRI
- John Bistine, Electric Power Research Institute
- Steven Davis, UC Irvine
- Leon Clarke, University of Maryland (managing co-Editor in Chief) email@example.com
About this Special Issue
Energy and Climate Change is a new, interdisciplinary journal committed to research on energy-related solutions to climate change. Energy and Climate Change aims to promote rapid communication and dialogue among multiple disciplines engaged in energy and climate change issues.
To limit temperature change to 1.5 or 2 °C, the world will ultimately need to reduce CO2 emissions to zero and potentially below zero. Net-zero energy systems are likely to be central to such efforts. Understanding the nature of these future systems is important for guiding investment and policy decisions today.
Developing, building, operating, and adapting net-zero energy systems poses significant challenges. Solutions will need to consider technological, climate, environmental, societal, economic, and institutional factors. Net-zero energy systems will likely differ from region to region, with no single best solution, based on factors such as endogenous resources, societal preferences, and broader societal priorities.
Existing literature, much but not all of it from the integrated assessment modeling community, has suggested the broad outlines of net-zero energy systems. This includes limited and targeted used of fossil fuels in certain circumstances, zero- or negative CO2 emissions from electricity generation, widespread electrification of end uses, the use of alternative fuels in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, more efficient use of energy than today, greater reliance on integrated system approaches, and potentially the use of CO2 removal technologies.
Beyond these broad outlines, however, surprisingly little is known about the details of these systems in realistic settings – how they might be constructed and operated, and the key physical and institutional “building blocks” of such systems. The literature has, instead, generally focused on transitions toward net-zero systems. This call for papers seeks high-quality papers to fill this gap. Issues of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to the following:
● limits or constraints on possible energy supply mixes;
● regional differences in net-zero energy systems;
● managing high-renewable electricity systems, including the integration of storage and demand response from transport and other end uses;
● the nature of future transportation, buildings, and industrial sectors in net-zero energy systems;
● the roles of alternative fuels like hydrogen or biofuels;
● the implications of digitalization;
● the institutional and policy structures needed to manage net-zero energy systems;
● international trade in net-zero energy systems;
● technologies needed for hard to decarbonize sectors (such as cement, freight transportation, aviation, etc.);
● the role of carbon dioxide removal technologies in net-zero energy systems;
● broader economic and distributional issues.
The deadline for submission to this special issue is consistent with the submission deadline for the IPCC’s 6th assessment report (AR6) so that the papers can serve as part of the literature base for that assessment. We welcome multiple article types, including original research articles, review articles, and perspectives.
Submission Deadline 1st September through the Energy and Climate Change portal