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The broader view – systems analysis for sustainable bioenergy
Published: 8 October 2015

Sustainable Energy – A Systems Approach
Published: 15 September 2015

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Aims and scope

The economic, social and cultural development of human society is highly dependent upon a consistent supply of energy. Sustainable development is therefore only possible, if our society attempts to find and implement environmentally compatible, socially acceptable and economically viable means to acquire its energy services. This challenge requires systemic and holistic innovations that include a sustainable supply of resources, the development of highly efficient technical solutions and the adaptation of energy systems to the environmental, economical and cultural context as well as the social and political framework to enable sustainable energy systems to be implemented for the welfare of mankind.

The aim of the new journal is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the discourse between natural scientists, engineers, social & political scientists as well as experts from industry who drive the innovation of sustainable energy systems. It is the particular aim of this journal to publish articles extending across different disciplines and providing a substantial contribution to the holistic innovation of these energy systems.

In line with the goal of this journal to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discourse for systemic energy innovation, the scope of the journal encompasses the whole innovation process ranging from scientific research to innovative approaches for technology implementation and the analysis of economic, social and environmental impacts of sustainable energy systems. Main emphasis will be placed on articles addressing complex issues with innovation potential at the interface between technical solutions, their implementation and their social, environmental and economic impacts.

The journal will cover articles dealing with

  •  research, development & application of sustainable energy sources and systems;
  •  a holistic view on the full chain ranging from the efficient supply of resources by means of their technological conversion, via their storage and distribution through to their end use;
  •  the development of regionally adapted sustainable energy systems;
  •  systemic approaches to link information technologies with energy technologies that meet the social and environmental criteria for sustainable development;
  •  political and economical frameworks to improve the environmental, economic and social performance of energy systems.

The journal does not explicitly exclude any energy source or any energy service from the scope of its articles.

Last but not least, the journal welcomes contributions concerning concepts for discovering novel energy sources, energy mixes and energy systems requiring a large variety of technological solutions, sophisticated computer simulations, novel laboratory technologies, large-scale research facilities, as well as scenario development and national and international networks.

The journal publishes independently peer-reviewed original full-length research articles, review articles and book reviews. Of special interest are also Short Communications on innovative approaches.

Energy, Sustainability and Society is edited in cooperation with ESEIA (the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance) and principal investigators from the Helmholtz Association.