Recent Advances in Energy and Environmental Economics



To reconcile sustainable economic growth and fighting climate change, it is necessary to transform the current energy model. The energy transition to a net-zero system and its implications in terms of costs, security of supply and industrial competitiveness has become greatest challenges faced by humanity in the coming years. This special issue aims to collect top articles based on solid economic fundaments on energy and environmental economics, including policy-relevant research on a pressing subject: how to achieve a net-zero economy at least cost. Broad coverage regarding topics in environmental and energy economics as long as robust economic analysis (whether theoretical, methodological, empirical or policy-oriented).


The relevance of this special issue relies on the current political and economic importance of the topic. Society is facing unprecedent challenges in the subjects of energy and environmental economics. The focus is placed on climate change targets and pathways but other environmental problems should be addressed, including protection of species and wetlands. Furthermore, recent events such as the war in Ukraine have negatively affected energy supply worldwide and, thus, it has increased the urgency to find robust security of supply solutions. Attaining environmental protection, in the energy or other sectors, should be effective, efficient and fair, i.e. should be aim at least cost and considering the social justice.

Potential issues to consider in this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New markets design
  • Net-zero technologies
  • Energy vulnerabilities (health effects, energy poverty, others)
  • Analysis of costs
  • Policy analysis (instruments, policy mixes, others)
  • Other relevant topics in the environmental economics and energy economics fields

Submission Information

Submissions open: 15th June 2023

Submissions deadline: 15th January 2024


Further inquiries should be sent to the Guest Editors:

Elisa Trujillo-Baute
University of Lleida, UdL
[email protected]

Pablo del Río González
National Research Council of Spain, CSIC
[email protected]

Mario Blazquez
Norwegian School of Economics, NHH
[email protected]