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Sustainable energy development: History of the concept and emerging themes

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Gunnarsdóttir, Ingunn
dc.contributor.author Davidsdottir, Brynhildur
dc.contributor.author Worrell, E.
dc.contributor.author Sigurgeirsdóttir, Sigurbjörg
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:13:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:13:08Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05
dc.identifier.citation Gunnarsdottir, I., Davidsdottir, B., Worrell, E., & Sigurgeirsdottir, S. (2021). Sustainable energy development: History of the concept and emerging themes. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 141, 110770. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2021.110770
dc.identifier.issn 1364-0321
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2459
dc.description.abstract Sustainable energy development is a complex multi-dimensional concept that can vary in meaning based on the context it is applied in and the perspective of the user. The role of energy in achieving sustainable development was recognized when the concept was first put forward in 1987. However, what that role consisted of was not made clear. Since then, the concept of sustainable energy development has developed to become a prominent policy objective on the international agenda, as evidenced by the introduction of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy. This paper presents an overview of the history of the concept as well as its emerging themes. Through a citation analysis, the most cited open-access publications relevant to the concept were identified. A thematic analysis of these most cited publications led to the identification of four interrelated themes of sustainable energy development; access to affordable modern energy services, sustainable energy supply, sustainable energy consumption, and energy security. The overarching goal of sustainable energy development was defined as furthering sustainability. Equitable access to affordable and reliable modern energy services is integral to sustainable development. A transformation of the current energy system is necessary to reduce its harmful impacts, both on the supply and demand side. This transformation is not possible unless it is economically viable through, for instance, cost-competitive technologies and changes in energy pricing to reflect the external costs of energy.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was financially supported by Rannis – The Icelandic Centre for Research [grant number: 163464–051], the National Power Company of Iceland, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, the Eimskip University Fund, and the Icelandic national federation of Graduate Women International.
dc.format.extent 110770
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofseries Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews;141
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Sustainable energy development
dc.subject Energy policy
dc.subject Sustainable development
dc.subject Literature review
dc.subject Sjálfbærni
dc.subject Orkumál
dc.subject Stefnumótun
dc.subject Fræðilegt yfirlit
dc.title Sustainable energy development: History of the concept and emerging themes
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.rser.2021.110770
dc.contributor.department Umhverfis- og auðlindafræði (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Environment and Natural Resources (UI)
dc.contributor.department Stjórnmálafræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Political Science (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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