Call for Papers

Progress in Green Economy and Sustainability

Sustainable development consists of both natural environmental changes as well as changes caused by humans. Green growth, more energy efficiency, cleaner energy technologies and sustainable development are regularly considered as harmonizing goals by international policy makers. Public and private investment strength growth in employment in economic activities, infrastructure and assets that reduce pollution, augment energy and resource efficiency and bring biodiversity loss to an end. Economic activities and energy consumption and the associated issues like decoupling, energy consumption and security, trade and the environment, green industrialization and greening the workplace, digitalization and green communications, corporate social responsibility are among the issues to be explored. 
The green economy concept with low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive, is an important term in international agendas. Together with the faced economic crisis, the current Covid-19 pandemic but also the climate crisis and the view that policies to attain sustainability cannot be put into operation efficiently, policy makers anticipate a solution from the greening of the economy. The functioning of green economy, sustainable consumption and production and resource efficiency for achieving sustainability with less natural resources utilization, waste generation and pollution and more green investments and employment.
The aim of this special issue is to address the achievement of sustainable development by addressing the status and progress of current issues of concern. Specifically, the call focuses on Green economic and energy management and sustainability of economic processes and systems, including methods, practices, tools, applications, and experiences dedicated to these issues of sustainability. Theoretical and empirical findings of the international experience will provide the framework to answer questions about the efficient integration of green economy policies with both national economic as well as social priorities and aims that a greener and more inclusive economy may offer and facilitate a sustainable development and the fulfilment of Task 8 and the other associated SDGs. The topical collection will be of immense value to policymakers, researchers, and planners with an interest in maintaining and improving their community’s energy system, both securely and sustainably. The applied theoretical and analytical contributions are expected to provide guidance to policy-makers and government officials in designing new policy scenarios for the investigation of green economy and sustainability. The empirical contributions should provide evidence to support and inform current policy debates.
Toward those goals, we seek studies that address research questions including, but not limited to:

  • Design and implementation of national green economy strategies by developed and developing countries or regions 
  • Modeling economic growth, efficient energy use and sustainability  
  • Exploring the direct or indirect connection between market structure and sustainability 
  • Macro-economic methods to sustainable growth with attention on access to green finance, technology and investments and support to a Green Economy transition 
  • Economic aspects of adaptation and mitigation to climate change
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Regulatory framework  and institutional setup towards Green Economy
  • Society awareness and willingnes to pay for higher environmental quality
  • Policy implications of improved firm’s profitability and efficiency from an economic and societal point of view
  • Innovation characteristics of firms in their efforts to achieve sustainability goals 
  • Empirical methods and instruments in determining and discussing economic and energy performances 
  • Attention in the measurement of industrial performance in achieving sustainability
  • Modelling energy efficiency improvement in manufacturing
  • Energy management systems (e.g., ISO 50001) and their contribution to sustainable  development
  • Poverty alleviation 
  • Circular economy
  • Stochastic frontier approach and data envelopment analysis applications 


Guest Editors

Lead Guest Editor
Prof. Dr George Halkos, Professor in Economics of Natural Resources, School of Humanities, University of Thessaly, Greece

Guest Editors
Prof. Dr Malin Song, Full Professor and Director of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Ecological Economics and Management, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, China

Prof. Dr Clevo Wilson, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Trung Thanh Nguyen, Research Director, Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade, School of Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2022

Submission procedures

Submit your article via Editorial Manager or by clicking on the Submit manuscript button on the home page of Environment, Development and Sustainability. Please check the Instructions for authors before submitting and select "S.I.: Progress in Green Economy and Sustainability” as Article type. In general, manuscripts should be submitted in Word and not exceed 7000 words.

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