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Sustainable Energy Production and Consumption: System Accounting, Integrated Management, Policy Responses

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Achieving sustainable energy production and consumption is one of the major global challenges on the path towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Since different accounting perspectives (consumption-based or production-based), different accounting approaches (top-down or bottom-up) ...

Achieving sustainable energy production and consumption is one of the major global challenges on the path towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Since different accounting perspectives (consumption-based or production-based), different accounting approaches (top-down or bottom-up) as well as different accounting scales (global, country, region, industry, city) may lead to incomparable results, system accounting of energy production and consumption is the basic and essential foundation for sustainable development of the energy system. At the same time, the interconnections among energy systems and other resource systems, such as minerals, water and land, make the “Energy +” system much more complex and imply that the integrated management of the resource nexus is urgently needed to achieve the UNSDGs. During this process, reasonable policy responses are the key. Identifying and strengthening effective policies will have a positive influence on sustainable energy production and consumption, which can build a bridge that connects academic research and practical management.

The goals of this Research Topic are as follows: 1) to share and catalogue experiences of how to conduct system accounting for energy production and consumption from different perspectives. 2) To promote a deeper understanding of the resource nexus by considering integrated management of “Energy+” systems. 3) To encourage critical discussion of policy responses for sustainable energy production and consumption, to connect academic research and practical management.

The article collection will provide a platform for a wide range of authors, including academic researchers, industry practitioners and decision-makers to share knowledge on specific topics of sustainable energy production and consumption.
The Research Topic welcomes multi-disciplinary approaches to construct system accounting frameworks, conduct integrated management and put forward valuable policy suggestions. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Material requirement and environmental impact accounting of energy production
• Spatiotemporal evolution, driving factors and critical paths of energy consumption
• Embodied energy accounting, energy flows embodied in trade
• Comparison of energy accounting methods and databases
• Resource nexus and “Energy +” systems (such as energy-water, energy-metal, energy-land etc.)
• Integrated management of “Energy +” system and policy analysis
• Policy simulation for sustainable energy production and consumption management


Keywords: Energy Production, Energy Consumption, Energy Accounting, Resource Nexus, Integrated Management


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