Title: Concept mapping sustainable energy management for a holistic approach to energy strategies

Authors: M. Ziya Sogut; Murat Paşa Uysal; Yavuz Gazibey; Arif Hepbasli

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, Orhangazi University, 16310 Yıldırım, Bursa, Turkey ' Department of Computer Technologies, Ufuk University, 06836 Gölbaşı, Ankara, Turkey ' Department of Business Administration, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, 06560, Turkey ' Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yaşar University, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey

Abstract: One of the important reasons for global warming and climate change is regarded as the improper management of fossil energy consumption. There may be various models or approaches to energy management (EM). However, strategic EM and its applications are still away from achieving their goals. In this regard, the main objectives of the present study are to design, develop and propose a knowledge framework primarily based on an EM concept map for a holistic EM. Aligned with the research purposes, a qualitative four-phase study was conducted, and the research question was formulated as: 'What would be the components and concepts required for the holistic EM?' The study also integrated systematic literature review (SLR) and focus group discussion (FGD) techniques. Initially, a list of the key EM concepts was formed and a preliminary concept map was constructed. Then, the final version of the concept map was achieved through several iterative revisions and FGDs. This concept map may be seen as a complementary and contributory tool for strategy development and decision-making processes in the EM knowledge domain. It is hoped that the study may extend the previous knowledge both by the tools it has utilised and approaches it has adopted for the holistic EM.

Keywords: energy management; sustainability; concept maps; energy strategy; energy policy; sustainable development; decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2016.077907

International Journal of Global Warming, 2016 Vol.10 No.1/2/3, pp.75 - 91

Received: 22 Sep 2014
Accepted: 07 Dec 2014

Published online: 21 Jul 2016 *

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