Special Issue "The Innovative Instruments and Technologies Within Sustainable Strategies in the Management Processes and Air and Climate Protection"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Pollution Prevention, Mitigation and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Izabela Sówka
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Department of Environment Protection Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, 27 Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego st., 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: air pollution chemistry and physics; air pollution monitoring methods; air pollution modeling; exposure assessment; risk analysis; deodorization methods; indoor air quality; particulate matter; greenhouse gases; odours, RES.
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Dr. Urszula Miller
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Unit of Engineering and Protection of Atmosphere, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Pl. Grunwaldzki 9, Wrocław, Poland
Interests: air pollution chemistry and physics; odours; deodorization methods; biofiltration;
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Dr. Anna Brdulak
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Department of Management Systems and Organizational Development, Faculty of Computer Science and Management, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology,ul. Smoluchowskiego 25, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: sustainable development strategies; smart cities management (incl. technologies, IoT); people management in the organization; Social Responsibility (SR)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change and environmental degradation pose a threat to Europe and the rest of the world. To meet these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy in order to transform the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. An attempt to deal with these problems is the development of a Green Deal for Europe. It is a project to reform the European Union's climate policy proposed by the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The most important proposal from the Green Deal is the adoption of a binding climate neutrality target by 2050. This means that by the middle of the century, the EU economy is expected to emit only as much greenhouse gas as it can absorb (for example, through forests or CO2 capture technology). The short-term targets are also set to change: the emissions reduction target for 2030 is now 40 percent compared to 1990 levels, but is planned to increase to 50 percent or even 55 percent. The structure of the European Union's climate policy will remain the same. The correction awaits primarily the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), which is to cover new sectors (transport and construction) and in which free emission permits for aviation are to be limited.

An element of the Green Deal is to be the Just Transition Fund for the regions most affected by the negative effects of decarbonization. In addition to the strict climate policy, the Green Deal also includes proposals for an agriculture, circular economy, biodiversity and combating pollution. The Green Deal is to be supported by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015. This document is a comprehensive development plan for the world established by the United Nations through negotiations between its member states with a perspective by 2030. A total of 193 UN member states have committed to take action to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals focus on ensuring a dignified life for all inhabitants of the world, peace and economic progress, while protecting the natural environment and combating climate change.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. air and climate protection technologies, tools and instruments;
  2. climate neutrality strategies;
  3. low carbon, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  4. implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

These topics are only examples. Other emerging topics in this field of science are also welcome.

In accordance with the above context, we invite you to submit original research or review papers.

Prof. Dr. Izabela Sówka
Dr. Urszula Miller
Dr. Anna Brdulak
Guest Editors

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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.

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  • low-emission and sustainable economy
  • sustainable processes in higher education and administration
  • climate protection
  • air and emission inventory and monitoring
  • air quality management

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Assessment of the Variability of Air Pollutant Concentrations at Industrial, Traffic and Urban Background Stations in Krakow (Poland) Using Statistical Methods
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5623; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13105623 - 18 May 2021
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In cities with an extensive air quality monitoring (AQM) system, the results of pollutant concentration measurements obtained in this system can be used not only for current assessments of air pollution, but also for analyzes aimed at better identification of factors influencing the [...] Read more.
In cities with an extensive air quality monitoring (AQM) system, the results of pollutant concentration measurements obtained in this system can be used not only for current assessments of air pollution, but also for analyzes aimed at better identification of factors influencing the air quality and for tracking trends in changes taking place in this regard. This can be achieved with the use of statistical methods that allow for the assessment of the variability of measurement data observed at stations of various types and for the determination of possible interdependencies between these data. In this article, an analysis of this type was carried out for traffic, urban background and industrial AQM stations in Krakow (Southern Poland) operating in the years 2017–2018 with the use of, i.a., cluster analyzes, as well as dependent samples t-test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test, taking into account the concentrations of air pollutants such as fine particulate matter (PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), benzene (C6H6) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). On the basis of the conducted analyzes, similarities and differences were shown between the data observed at individual types of stations, and the possibilities of using them to identify the causes of the observed changes and the effects of remedial actions to improve air quality undertaken recently and planned in the future were indicated. It was found that the air concentrations of some substances measured at these stations can be used to assess the emission abatement effects in road transport (NO2, PM10 or C6H6), residential heating (PM10 or SO2), and selective industrial plants (SO2, NO2 or C6H6). Full article
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