Applied Energy - Special Issue on "COVID-19 impacts on Energy and Environment"

Confronted with the severe pandemic caused by COVID-19, diverse industries have been compelled to respond with drastic measures so as to ensure continuity of supply of essential goods and services. Likewise, societies the world over have been forced to adapt often under strict constraints in order to break the chain of deadly infections. With widespread global-scale lockdowns, productivity and stable supply of the energy industry are challenged not only during the special period but also critically for global and national response and recovery. Efforts and remedies implemented during this time are of significance since they help to inform policy and government actions and provide recommendations for enterprises to make optimal decisions to avoid risks In addition, the range of technical and policy actions serve as practical guides for the unexpected crises in the future. At the same time, society is experiencing significant changes in personal behaviors such as in human mobility and work, which will further have major impacts on energy consumption and the environment across   many sectors such as buildings, transportation, manufacturing and services.

To this end, we will produce a special issue with the theme, “COVID-19 Impacts on Energy and the Environment” to capture the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on global energy markets, energy resilience, the environment and climate change. The issue will also be a repository of the contributions of energy science, technology and policy in the mitigation of the pandemic crisis. Therefore, the special issue will provide a platform to share the most recent ideas and innovations across the above sectors and enhance interdisciplinary research collaboration.

The target audience include academia, project developers, financiers, suppliers, policy decision-makers, even the public, and end-users. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impacts on Energy Production and Consumption
  • Impacts on Energy Supply Chain
  • Impacts on User Behaviors
  • Energy Resilience Assessment under COVID-19
  • National Energy Security under COVID-19
  • Emergency Preparedness and Management on Energy Systems under COVID-19
  • Future Energy Market after COVID-19
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Transformation after COVID-19
  • Impacts on the Environment including Climate Changes
  • Artificial Intelligence and Digitalisation in Energy

We welcome papers in some specific topics such as:

  • Energy systems under lockdown and work resumption
  • Climate change emissions by COVID-19
  • Challenges in social resilience thrown up by the crisis and their impacts on energy systems
  • Far-reaching influences on user-side consumption behaviors

Editor in Chief:
Prof. Jinyue YAN

Guest Editors:
J Yan, EiC of Applied Energy

SK Chou, National Univ. of Singapore, Singapore

YP Zhai, Asian Development Bank

R Madlener, RWTH Aachen Univ., Germany

R Sioshansi, The Ohio State Univ., USA

R. Galvin, Cambridge Univ., UK

D. Chiaramonti, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Dr. H. Zhang, Mälardalen Univ., Sweden

Important Dates:

First submission date:
May 5th, 2020

Paper submission deadline: Oct 1st, 2020

Final decision notification:
Dec 31st, 2020

Submission Format and Guideline

This Special Issue solicits both original research and review studies related to novel investigations of COVID-19 impacts on Energy and the Environment. All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journals or conferences. Papers must not exceed 25 pages (one-column, at least 11pt fonts) including figures, tables, and references. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES):

Authors must select “VSI: COVID-Energy2020” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.