Distribution of Articles published per year
(2011 - 2016)
(2011 - 2016)
Total number of journals
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Energy dependence with an Asian twist? Examining international energy relations in Southeast Asia Published: 01 November 2016
Energy Research & Social Science, doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.07.003
This study explores the international dimension of energy security, particularly interstate dependent relations. By developing an assessment method based on the reciprocal dependent nature of international energy interactions and the causal relations of individual energy indicators, the proposed index is applied to examine interstate energy dependence and determine whether the dependence should be considered positive, negative or mutual. Using nine Southeast Asian countries as case studies and including other relevant players involved in the dependent dynamics, the findings show interdependence in international energy relations and indicate how specific characteristics of the interactions lead to different aspects of dependent relations: external supply dependence, external demand dependence, and economic interdependence. Based on dependence levels measured by the index, symmetric and asymmetric energy dependence of the selected nine cases has been analyzed and compared, in which the results not only delineate variations of dependency status but also reflect different aspects of energy dependence in each energy product. The index has also been applied to describe bilateral energy interactions between selected countries, demonstrating how asymmetric energy dependency relations are formed and why energy import dependence is not always negative.
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Participatory Design as a Tool for Effective Sustainable Energy Transitions Published: 20 September 2016
EcoProduction, doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0471-1_40
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 1 Citation The Minerals-Energy Nexus: Past, Present and Future Published: 20 September 2016
EcoProduction, doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0471-1_42
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Geography, urbanization and lock-in – considerations for sustainable transitions to decentralized energy systems Published: 01 August 2016
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.12.092
The importance of moving towards sustainable energy systems is critical to achieving societal sustainability. Transitions theory is a useful approach to look at the potential and limitations of systemic transitions, and has been applied in a number of alternative contexts. In the current study, we examine transitions theory and its implications for the progress of decentralized energy systems in Japan in the period after the Fukushima accident of 2011. Empirical data from a targeted nation-wide survey is used to examine the progress and change in consumer preference and behavior since the disaster, as possible evidence for the potential transition paths likely to be occurring. Importantly, this study utilizes data that examines a spectrum of urban-rural and disaster-non-disaster areas in order to explore whether any differences in response patterns were present. Results indicate that although the desire of stakeholders has been to change the energy system, there are barriers to transformation. Variation between rural and urban sites and between disaster-affected and unaffected areas was examined, indicating that (at least under the chosen classification) there was surprisingly little difference. The results have implications for understanding transitions at a much broader level, and imply that, if the empirical data is a useful indicator, Japan is within a locked-in or reorganization transition. In order to move to a more radical conversion type change a new approach is likely to be required to nurture niche innovations effectively.
Article 0 Reads 3 Citations The End of Fossil Fuel Era: Supply-demand Measures through Energy Efficiency Published: 01 January 2014
Procedia Environmental Sciences, doi: 10.1016/j.proenv.2014.03.007
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Optimizing Location of Bulk Metallic Minerals Processing Based on Greenhouse Gas Avoidance Published: 12 December 2011
Minerals, doi: 10.3390/min1010144
The bulk minerals iron ore and bauxite cause significant greenhouse emissions in their processing to steel and aluminum respectively. The level of these emissions is highly dependent on the source of electrical and thermal energy. However, they also cause significant greenhouse gas emissions from their transportation across the globe for processing. This study examines these minerals from the perspective of greenhouse gas avoidance, examining the location of processing as an option for reducing transportation-based and process-based emissions. The analysis proposes a “radius of reduction” to define the potential for transporting ore to reduce emissions by offshore processing. Overall scenarios for localized steel production indicate potential for 85% reduction of transport emissions in the steel industry and 14% of overall industry emissions. Local high-carbon electricity grids and inefficient production mean that the benefit of reduced transportation is partially counteracted by increased processing emissions. The transportation of all global bauxite to Norway and other nations with low-emissions electricity for production of aluminum could result in an overall reduction of industry emissions of up to 44%.