About this Research Topic
Carbon neutrality is expected to prove a boon for people, nature and the economy. In the developing world, some major emitters (e.g., China) have pledged for carbon emissions to peak within the next decade and to be carbon neutral by the mid-century. As the key to going carbon neutral, the low carbon transition of urban regions (especially the decarbonization of urban energy systems) now attracts public attention. Thus, the approaches and strategies for energy systems to go carbon neutral are deemed worthy of being investigated. Overall, the above effort can assist the government in more accurate and feasible strategies for energy system decarbonization. Moreover, it provides a more powerful decision-making reference in issuing targeted strategies for the low carbon transition of future energy systems.
In this Research Topic, we call for papers to discuss the methods and strategies in achieving the decarbonization of urban energy systems, especially in achieving decarbonization in the developing world’s energy systems. For this Topic, we also encourage reliable and effective empirical analysis to investigate how to mitigate carbon emissions and to move toward the carbon-neutral status in the key sectors (e.g., buildings, transportation). We also welcome any study which analyses the impact of socioeconomic, environmental, technological, and political factors on the achievement of the carbon-neutral goal. The research topic is intended as a state-of-the-art resource for researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers interested in learning the carbon-neutral pathways in global or regional energy systems.
We welcome any study on the methods, strategies, and applications for achieving a carbon-neutral goal in urban energy systems, case areas aiming at the developing world will be considered first. Topics of interest for the Research Topic include, but are not limited to:
• Low carbon transition in buildings
• Low carbon transition in transportation
• Urban planning integrated with energy systems
• Implementing BIPV & renewable energy applications in urban systems
• Implementing negative emission technologies in urban environments
• Nexus of energy-water in urban systems
• Policies and strategies for urban emissions mitigation
• Distributed energy systems, integrated energy networks and microgrids for urban carbon neutrality
Keywords: Low carbon transition, Energy system, Electricity decarbonization, Negative emission technology, Carbon neutral policy
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