Special Issue "Water-Energy Sustainable Urban Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: sustainable development, energy and materials recovery, innovative water and wastewater treatment, groundwater contamination, bioelectrochemical systems
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Agenda 2030 (UN, 2015) on Sustainable Development includes 17 goals as part of the new sustainable development agenda, many of which are related to water availability and quality (Goals 6 and 14) energy (goal 7), resilience and sustainability of cities (Goal 11) and emissions reduction (Goal 13). These goals ought to be achieved with integrated actions, able to accomplish multiple objectives while taking into account the mutual relationships among the sectors addressed. In particular, the nexus between water and energy is becoming ever more obvious in the attempt to develop innovative solutions to achieve technically feasible and socially desirable sustainable management of urban areas’ growth and resilience. Without the two essential goals of clean water and clean energy it will hardly be possible to reach the other 15 goals. Urban areas are complex and interconnected environments, in exponential expansion of popoulations number and density, where innovative paradigms and approaches for water, wastes, energy and resources in general should and must be proposed, tested and developed. Cities, as hubs of multilevel and multidisciplinary complexity, are the ideal platform for technological evolution in a sustainable direction.
Contributions are invited for manuscripts describing new innovation models, frameworks and findings that may help address environmentally-related sustainability challenges within cities, including:
- Research on sustainable technological challenges and assessments in the water, wastewater, solid wastes areas, including the reduction of ecological and carbon footprints, recycling and reuse of materials and energy from a comprehensive perspective according to Circular Economy principles). The Special Issue will incorporate research articles that examine current technologies and policies qualitatively and quantitatively (e.g., life-cycle-assessment, material and energy modeling, etc.).
- Sustainable urban water management, with focus on reuse and recycle aspects and economics and governance aspects. Of interest are innovative approaches and tools available for supporting and delivering sustainable water/wastes management that is inclusive, resilient and adaptive.
- Conceptual and theoretical frameworks illustrating how technical innovation can contribute to enhance the development of sustainable solutions addressing development challenges, including expected climate changes, in cities and megacities.
- Comparative, analytical and empirical studies on projects and initiatives responding to sustainable environmental-related challenges with paradigm innovation approaches.
Prof. Dr. Andrea G. Capodaglio
Prof. Dr. Gustaf Olsson
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 1900 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.
- water resources
- wastewater treatment technologies
- energy and materials recovery
- renewable energy
- solar PV
- wind power
- water reuse
- water supply