Special Issue "For Sustainable Development: The Differences in Water and Energy Consumptions in Urban and Rural Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ana Briga-Sá
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Guest Editor
Centro de Química, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: sustainable construction; energy and water efficiency; building materials; waste reuse and recycling; green roofs and facades; passive solar systems; trombe wall systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water and energy are two essential resources recognized as indispensable inputs to modern society’s economic and social development, whose consumptions are intensifying worldwide. The increasing demands represent an adverse impact on the environment in terms of resource scarcity and climate change, compromising the sustainable development of modern societies, which will not be supportable in the long run, making it urgent to manage these resources in a more sustainable way.

Water and energy are inextricably linked resources that have been largely treated individually. Understanding the energy–water nexus can be an important contribution to minimize energy and water consumptions and mitigate environmental impacts. Water is required in several processes of energy production, such as raw materials extraction and processing, electricity generation and consumption, thermal plant cooling, and waste products treatments. Energy is required at various water-related processes of the water cycle, namely water production, including desalination, groundwater pumping, water purification, end use, and wastewater treatment. Given this close interrelation, an integrated approach will be crucial to obtain more efficient water and energy systems.

The consumption of these resources is affected by several factors, such as demographic, economic, social, cultural, and technological, leading to different behavioral patterns. It is known that there are differences between water and energy consumption patterns in rural and urban environments. The identification of the factors influencing those consumptions plays an important role in future planning and strategic policy considerations.

The Guest Editors of Sustainability invite papers dealing with sustainability issues in water and energy consumptions in urban and rural environments. We invite submissions of high quality, empirical and theoretical, papers related to the following topics and keywords:

  • Water and energy consumptions at agricultural, industrial, and residential sectors;
  • Energy–water nexus;
  • Water cycle;
  • Energy systems;
  • Efficient use of water and energy;
  • Urban and rural consumption patterns;
  • Influencing factors;
  • Environmental impacts;
  • Costs analysis;
  • Public policies and strategies;
  • Sustainable systems;
  • Sustainability analysis.

Dr. Ana Briga-Sá
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • water and energy consumptions
  • urban and rural environments
  • consumption patterns
  • water and energy efficiency
  • sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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