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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Free Publication in 2021
Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020

Special Issue

Energy – Urban Planning and Sustainable Development

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022 (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