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Sustainability assessment of energy production: A critical review of methods, measures and issues

Turkson, Charles, Acquaye, Adolf, Liu, Wenbin, Papadopoulos, Thanos (2020) Sustainability assessment of energy production: A critical review of methods, measures and issues. Journal of Environmental Management, 264 . Article Number 110464. ISSN 0301-4797. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110464) (KAR id:80745)

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Sustainable operations of energy production systems have become an increasingly important policy agenda globally because of the massive pressure placed on energy resources needed to support economic development and population growth. Due to the increasing research interest in examining the operational impacts of energy production systems on the society and the environment, this paper critically reviews the academic literature on the clean, affordable and secure supply of energy focussing on methods of assessments, measures of sustainability and emerging issues in the literature. While there have been some surveys on the sustainability of energy production systems they have either tended to focus on one assessment approach or one type of energy generation technology. This study builds on previous studies by providing a broader and comprehensive examination of the literature across generation technologies and assessment methods. A systematic review of 128 scholarly articles covering a 20-year period, ending 2018, and gathered from ProQuest, Scopus, and manual search is conducted. Synthesis and critical evaluation of the reviewed papers highlight a number of research gaps that exist within the sustainable energy production systems research domain. In addition, using mapping and cluster analyses, the paper visually highlights the network of dominant research issues, which emerged from the review.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110464
Uncontrolled keywords: Sustainability, Energy production, Systematic review, Systems thinking, Energy policy, Sustainability assessment
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Adolf Acquaye
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2020 09:36 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 14:26 UTC
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