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Special Issue "Sustainability in the Mining, Minerals and Energy Industries"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ben McLellan

Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
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Phone: +81-75-753-9173
Interests: minerals; energy; sustainability assessment; deep ocean mining
Guest Editor
Dr. Glen Corder

Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia
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Phone: +61-7-3346-4136
Interests: industrial ecology; recycling; mining; minerals; resources; sustainability frameworks; circular economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability has become a key issue, or catch-cry, for many industries globally. However, perhaps with regards to their potential direct impacts and potential for improvement or enhancement of benefits to society, economy, and the environment, the mining, mineral, and energy sectors have one of the most important roles to play. The contributions of these sectors continue to be crucial for the provision of resources and the power to drive society and development. At the same time, there are obvious issues of environmental, social, and economic harm and mismanagement that need to be addressed.

This Special Issue seeks papers considering the sustainability contributions of these sectors from theoretical and practical viewpoints. Case studies, frameworks and evaluations of sustainable development of the industry at various scales would be welcomed.

Some potential themes or topics (though not nearly a comprehensive list), could include:

  • New or advanced assessment or evaluation frameworks for sustainability in the sector
  • Studies focusing on the contribution of minerals and energy to the SDGs
  • Local case studies of innovative practices and technologies
  • Comparative studies of approaches to sustainability in the different sectors
  • Historical examinations of changing approaches and attitudes (e.g., it has been 15 years since the MMSD report “Breaking New Ground” and the establishment of the ICMM)
  • Prospective considerations of resource and technology requirements from these sectors
  • Supply chain or life cycle analysis for quantitative sustainability assessment
  • Nexus considerations that influence sustainability evaluation or policy in these sectors

Dr. Ben McLellan
Dr. Glen Corder
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • resources
  • sustainable development
  • criticality
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA)
  • community
  • resource curse

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Open AccessArticle Addressing “Wicked Problems” through Governance for Sustainable Development—A Comparative Analysis of National Mineral Policy Approaches in the European Union
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1830; doi:10.3390/su9101830
Received: 2 August 2017 / Revised: 9 October 2017 / Accepted: 10 October 2017 / Published: 12 October 2017
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The achievement of sustainable development (SD) in the supply of minerals poses significant challenges for governments and public administrations on all levels, because ensuring a sustainable supply constitutes a “wicked” problem that has no clear set of alternative solutions due to its social,
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The achievement of sustainable development (SD) in the supply of minerals poses significant challenges for governments and public administrations on all levels, because ensuring a sustainable supply constitutes a “wicked” problem that has no clear set of alternative solutions due to its social, institutional and scientific complexities. This paper explores how this problem is addressed through “governance for SD” principles (horizontal policy integration and participation; long-term vision/short-term action; and reflexivity and learning) in the design and delivery of national mineral policy strategies (NMS) in five EU Member States (Austria, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Sweden). Following a grounded theory approach on data collected through document analysis and complementary qualitative interviews, the author identified several analytical categories for the selected governance for SD’ principles. Although no “one-size-fits-all” recipe for best practice on governance for SD exists in the five NMS, Finland, Portugal and Sweden meet high standards: These NMS display practical examples of governance for SD integration and, thus, lay the foundations for achieving policy outcomes in the sectoral policy strategies of the mineral supply. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in the Mining, Minerals and Energy Industries)

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