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Development Trends in Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, and Regional Sustainability—Volume II

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 80

Special Issue Editors

School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China
Interests: urban sustainable development; energy saving and emission reduction; green development; carbon emission performance
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School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
Interests: environmental economy and health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce a novel Special Issue entitled “Development Trends in Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, and Regional Sustainability-Volume II” in the journal Sustainability. Environmental economics uses economic theories and tools to compare the costs and benefits of different environmental policies in order to explore the optimal allocation of environmental resources and improve the effectiveness of policies. How to address the conflicts between economic development and emission reduction, between long-term and short-term goals, and between the government and market, are issues that need to be taken into account when formulating environmental policies. The Sustainable Development Goals, as a globally unified evaluation system for sustainable development, need to be adjusted and optimized based on the actual development situation of each country. Regional sustainability is an indispensable part, and often, regional environmental policy innovation brings significant environmental benefits or promotes new social transformation models. Therefore, we encourage assessment and analysis of environmental sustainability, implementation effects of assessment-driven policies, key innovative practices, etc., from different countries and regions, providing rich experience and evidence for the international community.

At present, major developed economies have reached the peak of carbon emissions, and many countries or regions have proposed timetables for achieving carbon neutrality. In this case, what are the differences and transitions in terms of policy tools, policy objectives, and policy subjects amongst various countries or regions? How should developing countries optimize the policy combinations at different stages? What successful experience can be learned or have demonstrational effects?

This Special Issue invites multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Carbon finance and carbon emission trading mechanisms;
  • Environmental sustainability assessment and high-quality development;
  • Environmental regulation and collaborative emission reduction;
  • Spatial variability of pollutants at the regional scale;
  • Digital economy and green innovation;
  • Pro-environmental behavior and green transformation.

Dr. Dan Yan
Dr. Li Li
Guest Editors

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 2400 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.


  • collaborative governance
  • environmental regulation
  • carbon emission performance
  • digital management

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