About this Research Topic
Energy is the material basis for socio-economic development, and the recent advances in energy production and consumption have posed threats to energy sustainable development, with major global and local implications. Sustainable energy development has become an important and complicated issue, which has attracted increasing attentions from academic and industrial circles. How to conduct sustainable energy development decision analysis usually face multiple conflicts from different stakeholders. This requires high quality data from integrated models and approaches involving multiple stakeholders, whilst balancing the trade-off between economy, society and the environment. Recently, the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis method (MCDA) has been shown to be an effective and feasible tool for sustainable energy development decision analysis. The application of this tool has been widely used to tackle some of the challenges in sustainable energy development.
With the considerations of the complexity of energy systems, more novel MCDA methods are emerging to satisfy the new requirements and challenges such as uncertainties, incomplete information, group decision-making and the integrations among the criteria for decision-making. This Research Topic will comprise papers covering a wide range of novel multi-criteria decision analysis methods for sustainable energy development to address these challenges.
The welcomed articles will focus on the application of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis methods for, including, but not limited to:
- Sustainable energy production, such as coal production, oil production, nature gas production, and electricity production.
- Sustainable energy consumption of different stakeholders, such as government, enterprise and individual.
- Sustainable energy management, such as planning, operation and maintenance, and decommission.
- Novel multi-criteria decision analysis methods for sustainable energy policy or development.
- The nexus of multi-criteria decision analysis and Sustainable Development Goals.
- Metrics, indicators and criteria system for sustainable energy assessment.
The welcomed article types include but are not limited to Data Reports, General Commentaries, Methods, Original Research, Perspectives, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Briefs, Reviews.
Keywords: multi-criteria decision analysis, energy production and consumption, energy management, sustainable energy, sustainable energy development, energy policy
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