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Greening the Brownfields of Thermal Power Plants in Rural Areas, an Example from Romania, Set in the Context of Developments in the Industrialized Country of Germany

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“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Department for Research, 010014 Bucharest, Romania
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Retired from National Institute for Research and Development in Textile and Leather, 030508 Bucharest, Romania
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Academic Editor: Miguel Amado
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 3800; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073800
Received: 20 February 2021 / Revised: 22 March 2021 / Accepted: 25 March 2021 / Published: 30 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Brownfields in Sustainable Urban and Rural System)
This paper describes the greening of ash dumps from two thermal power plants located in Romania, in the villages of Mintia and Doicești, two rural areas neighboring middle-sized cities, both with architectural, archaeological and landscape heritage. Currently, the two Romanian villages have different fates in the context of shrinking cities, and solutions from the industrialized country of Germany that are more advanced in closing polluting thermal power plants are examples of this. Thus, the greening of industrial waste is one of the current challenges of the energy shift towards renewable energy. Nature-based solutions such as the proposed use of the biodegradable geo-textile in the greening is one of the current trends. The development of the biodegradable geo-textile was contemporary with the creation of the International Building Exhibition (Internationale Bauaaustellung—IBA) Emscher Park in the ancient industrial coal mining Ruhr area, in Germany; later research, around 10 years ago, explored soil pollution at these two Romanian thermal power plants. A recent research study investigated the conversion of the industrial buildings of the thermal power plant in Doicești, however, these buildings were demolished at the end of last year. Mintia thermal power plant continues to function. This paper explores the current challenges of industrial brownfields, energy shift, ecology, the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris and “Laudato si”, spanning 30 years of history and the legacy of the research over this time. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal power plants; coal-fired plants; geo-composite; energy; environmental pollution thermal power plants; coal-fired plants; geo-composite; energy; environmental pollution
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Bostenaru Dan, M.; Bostenaru-Dan, M.M. Greening the Brownfields of Thermal Power Plants in Rural Areas, an Example from Romania, Set in the Context of Developments in the Industrialized Country of Germany. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3800. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073800

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Bostenaru Dan M, Bostenaru-Dan MM. Greening the Brownfields of Thermal Power Plants in Rural Areas, an Example from Romania, Set in the Context of Developments in the Industrialized Country of Germany. Sustainability. 2021; 13(7):3800. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073800

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Bostenaru Dan, Maria, and Magdalena M. Bostenaru-Dan 2021. "Greening the Brownfields of Thermal Power Plants in Rural Areas, an Example from Romania, Set in the Context of Developments in the Industrialized Country of Germany" Sustainability 13, no. 7: 3800. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073800

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