Special Issue: Strategies toward Green Deal Implementation - Water and Raw Materials

Climate change and environmental degradation present an existential threat to the world. In the face of the increasing number of people in the world, as well as the progressive degradation of the environment caused by human activity, taking action to protect the environment is a priority. Therefore, there is high importance of the implementation of the Green Deal Strategies, which aim to mitigate climate change impacts. They are crucial in the pursuit of sustainability, in which environmental, economic, and social aspects are integrated to ensure the survival of present and future generations.

The goal of the International Conference on ‘Strategies toward Green Deal Implementation – Water and Raw Materials’ (ICGreenDeal2020) held during 14-16 December 2020, was to present the issue of climate change and ways to prevent it through, for instance, innovative solutions (technological, environmental, economic, and social) that can be implemented under the Green Deal Strategies. This conference provided the platform presenting multidisciplinary knowledge with high scientific and practical importance, where participants from different fields of environment (scientists, entrepreneurs, education) can come together and collaborate. Transfer of knowledge and good practices can accelerate the implementation of the Green Deal Strategies, and through this contribute to improving the quality of the environment and achieving a balance between human activities and nature.

This Special Issue will include selected papers presented during the Conference ICGreenDeal2020. Topics covered by this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the implementation of the Green Deal Strategies in sectors of the economy that use water and raw materials. The thematic areas are as: 

  • Sustainable dvelopment (SD)
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Climate Change and Strategies toward Climate Neutrality
  • Circular Economy (CE)
  • Toxic-free Environment (water – soil – air)
  • Bioeconomy, Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Resource
  • Management and Use of Water Resources
  • Water reuse & Water Recycling
  • Wastewater Prevention & Treatment
  • Monitoring & Assessment of Water Resources
  • Sustainable Management and Use of Raw Materials
  • Low-emission Technologies (Mining, Processing & Recovery)
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Nutrients Recovery
  • Waste-free & Environmentally-friendly Food System
  • Clean Energy Transition
  • Digital Technologies & Smart Mobility
  • Mobilising Research and Fostering Innovation toward Green Transition
  • Networking and New Forms of Collaboration
  • Importance of Education and Role of Society
  • Policy Levers: Regulation, Standardisation, National and Regional Reforms
  • Management and Financing the Green Transition
  • Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the development of research and implementation of innovation.

Guest Editors:
Asst. Prof. Marzena Smol
Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
(smol@meeri.pl)

Prof. Eugeniusz Koda
Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Poland
(eugeniusz_koda@sggw.edu.pl)

Asst. Prof. Alexandros I. Stefanakis
School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Editor-in-Chief, Circular Economy and Sustainability
(astefanakis@isc.tuc.gr)