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Special Issue "Circular Economy and Mining Ecology Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 October 2023 | Viewed by 186

Special Issue Editors

Department of Economics, Organization and Management, Saint Petersburg Mining University, 2, 21st Line, 199106 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Interests: sustainable development of companies; circular economy; waste management; mining; integrated use of minerals; cost optimization
Department of Economics, Organization and Management, Saint Petersburg Mining University, 2, 21st Line, 199106 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Interests: economic efficiency; non-waste production; environmental management economy; economic efficiency of rational use of mineral raw materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce a new Special Issue, ”Circular Economy and Mining Ecology Management”, in the journal Sustainability.

Circular economy seeks to break the rigid link between the growth in demand for goods and the need to exploit non-renewable natural resources more intensively. In industrial production, it is the cyclical substitution of primary minerals with secondary materials and resources according to the principle "any waste is raw material for other processes". The global benefits of the circular economy in the context of sustainable development are the creation of new jobs and opportunities for social inclusion, while saving energy and reducing the damage associated with air, soil and water pollution, as well as reducing current levels of carbon dioxide emissions. The technical feasibility and economic viability of a rational use of subsoil, resources, and mining waste has been proven over many years by many mining companies around the world. However, despite the significant resource potential of reserves of useful components in the accumulated wastes in many developing countries with resource-oriented economies, they have traditionally been used unsustainably.

This Special Issue will highlight recent research on the conceptual and methodological development of circular economy and environmental management strategies at the industry level, taking into account that the conservation of the value of materials and resources is carried out throughout their life cycle using the world's best available technologies.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • creation of business models focused on reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, redesign, remanufacture, repurpose;
  • sustainable development of mining companies through the rational and integrated use of natural resources;
  • assessment of the efficiency of mineral resources’ use through the processing of mining and processing waste;
  • development of strategies to implement the best available technologies in mining and processing processes;
  • improvement of the special management system aimed at the preservation of environmental quality and ensuring regulatory environmental parameters, based on the concept of sustainable development of society;
  • the practice of "green mining".

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Oksana Marinina
Dr. Anna Tsvetkova
Dr. Nadejda Komendantova
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 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 2200 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.


  • circular economy
  • environmental management
  • mineral resource management
  • resource efficiency
  • life cycle
  • green mining
  • natural capital
  • resource value
  • industrial ecology
  • environmental quality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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