Special Issue "Advances in Energy Efficiency for Smart City Environment "

Submission Deadline: 18 April 2021 (closed)
Guest Editors
Dr. Gunasekaran Manogaran, University of California, USA
Dr. Hassan Qudrat-Ullah, York University, Canada
Dr. Qin Xin, University of the Faroe Islands, Denmark


Energy efficiency plays a crucial role in smart cities as it offers significant ways of energy conservation and promotes sustainable developments. On the other side, the development of smart cities with intelligent systems and the environment has become the greatest challenge of our times. In real-time, smart cities are the biggest end users of the energy resources with an equal proportion of worldwide carbon emanations. Energy forms the basic requirement of smart city infrastructures. Every infrastructure concerning smart cities such as smart buildings, smart transportation, smart lighting, etc., is highly dependent on energy sources to perform its intended activities. Currently, the energy requirements of the smart city remain high, and it is estimated to grow furthermore in the future. These issues if left unaddressed, there will be severe implications on energy consumption and consequent carbon emissions.


Management of energy efficiency across smart cities remains to be a complex challenge as it becomes an integral part of the urban transformation. Energy efficiency in the context of smart cities deals with efficient use of energy resources across various smart city applications. Here, the ultimate objective is to offer the same quality of services with less energy consumption measures. Indeed, the ideal way to accomplish energy efficiency in smart cities includes smart grids and appropriate use of renewable energy resources. The practice of a smart grid makes sure the optimal use of power resources with greater quality and security measures. Harnessing renewable energy resources is one of the uncontaminated and most sustainable ways to manage energy resources across smart cities as it produces no toxic emissions to the environment.


In this background, it is vital that urban challenges such as improved amount of energy saving measures, expanding energy efficiency resources, establishing carbon reduction frameworks, determining and safeguarding the persistence of energy efficiency saving measures need to be addressed to achieve sustainable energy efficiency management across smart cities. Despite the challenges, smart energy is most fundamental across smart cities as it will lead to a brighter and eco-friendly future. As a result, researchers worldwide are actively involved in finding solutions that integrate sustainable energy consumption measures to provide a better quality of life across the smart cities.

The special issue aims to offer a significant platform to explore scientific findings and real-time energy management applications for smart city infrastructures. We invite researchers and practitioners to present novel and unpublished works on energy efficiency management for smart cities.


The topics of interest for the special issue include, but not limited to, the following:

• New trends in smart energy management systems, tools, and methodologies;

• Role of renewable energy resources in energy efficiency management for smart cities;

• Impact of technology in smart energy management for smart cities;

• Examining energy conservation opportunities for smart cities and finding optimal solutions;

• Policy planning for sustainable energy efficiency management in smart cities;

• Smart transportation and energy management in smart cities;

• Combined effect of energy transition and energy efficiency in smart cities;

• Corporate planning and management programs for energy efficiency management in smart cities;

• Effect of environmental and social responsibility in energy efficiency management programs for smart cities;

• Economic and environmental impacts of energy efficiency over smart cities and regulatory measures;

• Energy usage mitigation goals and future enhancements;

• Innovative ideas for energy efficiency performance tracking, monitoring, and metering across smart cities.

Energy Efficiency;  Urban Environment; Smart Environment; Energy consumption; Sustainability.