Special Issue "Sustainability Assessment of Environmental Technologies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2019)
There is an urgent need to develop and use environmental technologies that can contribute towards a more sustainable society. As technological, environmental and economic assessments use different perspectives, they are often done independently using separate models, with different assumptions at different technology readiness levels (TRL). To facilitate the development of technology towards all three dimensions, integration is needed, taking into account the interlinkages and possibly the correlations between the different dimensions. Sustainability assessment brings economic, social and environmental information together. The combination of different metrics combining environmental and economic aspects is an interesting approach to assess sustainability performance. Techno-economic assessment (TEA), life cycle costing (LCC), life cycle analysis (LCA) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA), including the valuation of externalities, are important methodological components towards sustainability assessments.
This Special Issue assembles critical studies assessing a wide range of environmental technologies. Environmental technologies, clean technologies (cleantech) or green technologies (greentech) monitor, model, manage, conserve, restore our natural environment and resources and/or reduce the negative impacts of human involvement. Papers for this Special Issue will develop and apply a variety of sustainability assessment methods. It is essential to at least combine and/or integrate two sustainability dimensions. A single environmental (e.g., LCA) or a single economic analysis will not be considered. An environmental impact assessment study (e.g., LCA) can for example be complemented with minimum a description and discussion of the economic and/or social aspects (and vice versa). A combination or integration of sound quantitative or qualitative environmental, economic (or social) assessments will be welcomed. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, new methods, developments, and applications.
Prof. Dr. Steven Van Passel
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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 semimonthly 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 1700 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.
- Sustainability assessment
- environmental technology
- techno-economic assessment
- life cycle analysis, life cycle costing, cost-benefit analysis
- technology readiness level
- environmental valuation and sustainability
- sustainability indicators, sustainability metrics, integrated assessment