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Engineering and Decision Support for Sustainable Development

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 12330

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: sustainable management; energy resources; environmental engineering
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Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Dear Colleagues,

On a planet that is constantly changing, and in a society that is constantly evolving, applied engineering should be reshaped to consider modern global needs. Thus, in an extremely dynamic period for humanity, with evolution moving at a very fast pace, engineering science is required to adapt to global conditions.

The “Engineering and Decision Support for Sustainable Development” Special Issue calls for high-quality research papers that promote multi-disciplinary tools and techniques to robustly support decision making and solve practical problems towards sustainable development. Τhe issue covers an interdisciplinary area related to the sustainability characterization literature, since it delves into all aspects of the three pillars of sustainability: economy, society and environment. On this basis, the issue will usefully supplement currently available related literature.

Dr. Christos Vlachokostas
Dr. Alexandra V. Michailidou
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Keywords

  • Sustainable engineering practices and case studies
  • Sustainable energy engineering
  • Assessment methods/tools
  • Decision support systems
  • Policymaking

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Sustainability-Related Parameters and Decision Support Tools for Kinetic Green Façades
by Cansu Iraz Seyrek, Barbara Widera and Agata Woźniczka
Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10313; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810313 - 15 Sep 2021
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Constant challenges, environmental threats, and rapid changes of living conditions on the earth make it necessary to seriously take up the topic of resilience and sustainability. The interdisciplinary and holistic approach is more important than ever before, and engineering science is required to [...] Read more.
Constant challenges, environmental threats, and rapid changes of living conditions on the earth make it necessary to seriously take up the topic of resilience and sustainability. The interdisciplinary and holistic approach is more important than ever before, and engineering science is required to adapt to global conditions. This article presents the results of research aimed at the identification of sustainability-related parameters for kinetic green façades in the preliminary design phase and evaluation of current decision support tools. The authors carried out the comparative analysis of existing decision support methods and tools for sustainable development, used in fields and disciplines such as architectural design, environmental engineering, and structural design. The particular focus of the research was on the preliminary concept design of kinetic green façades. Specific methods such as forecasting and backcasting linked to post-occupancy evaluation tools were also taken into account. Parametric modeling based on optimization algorithms was recognized as the most adequate method. As a result of the conducted research, the steps to be taken at the early design stage for sustainable façade design were identified based on the example of the innovative system of kinetic green façade. The first step is to determine the design criteria of the façade considering the factors related to climate, culture, environment, and special design requirements. In the next step, the design parameters of the façade system are defined depending on the aforementioned criteria. In the third step, system design and modeling are done. Finally, the performance of the façade system is evaluated. If the desired performance is not achieved, the designer returns to the 2nd and 3rd steps. These last three steps of the preliminary design stage of sustainable façade systems are critical since they allow us for the façade design optimization, which in turn has a significant influence on the whole building performance and sustainability parameters. Full article
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The Efforts towards and Challenges of Greece’s Post-Lignite Era: The Case of Megalopolis
by Vangelis Marinakis, Alexandros Flamos, Giorgos Stamtsis, Ioannis Georgizas, Yannis Maniatis and Haris Doukas
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10575; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410575 - 17 Dec 2020
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Greece has historically been one of the most lignite-dependent countries in Europe, due to the abundant coal resources in the region of Western Macedonia and the municipality of Megalopolis, Arcadia (region of Peloponnese). However, a key part of the National Energy and Climate [...] Read more.
Greece has historically been one of the most lignite-dependent countries in Europe, due to the abundant coal resources in the region of Western Macedonia and the municipality of Megalopolis, Arcadia (region of Peloponnese). However, a key part of the National Energy and Climate Plan is to gradually phase out the use of lignite, which includes the decommissioning of all existing lignite units by 2023, except the Ptolemaida V unit, which will be closed by 2028. This plan makes Greece a frontrunner among countries who intensively use lignite in energy production. In this context, this paper investigates the environmental, economic, and social state of Megalopolis and the related perspectives with regard to the energy transition, through the elaboration of a SWOT analysis, highlighting the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the municipality of Megalopolis and the regional unit of Arcadia. The analysis is based on four main pillars, namely “clean energy”, “smart agricultural production”, “sustainable tourism”, and “other (e.g., industry, technology, and education)”. The integration of the “Energy Efficiency First” principle, the mitigation of household energy poverty (especially in a region with district heating installations), and collectively driven energy actions for engaging and empowering younger generations (e.g., in the form of next-generation energy communities) are among the solutions that are expected to have a significant contribution towards Megalopolis’ just energy transition. Full article
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Closing the Loop Between Energy Production and Waste Management: A Conceptual Approach Towards Sustainable Development
by Christos Vlachokostas
Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 5995; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12155995 - 25 Jul 2020
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Interactions between technological solutions for managing waste and energy supply chains are multilateral and can vary significantly, depending on multiple criteria and different characteristics. This concept paper puts forward a conceptual framework for sustainable development based on the notion of “intelligence” for Waste-to-Energy [...] Read more.
Interactions between technological solutions for managing waste and energy supply chains are multilateral and can vary significantly, depending on multiple criteria and different characteristics. This concept paper puts forward a conceptual framework for sustainable development based on the notion of “intelligence” for Waste-to-Energy (WtE) strategies. The pillars of intelligence are defined and the quadruple helix model for energy transitions based on waste management is established. The “smart” nodes of a WtE supply chain management are analytically presented and discussed. Nevertheless, the intelligent notion for a supply chain cannot stand on its own. Systematical support of a participatory process is needed via Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and e-techniques to be promoted for collective facilitation and sustainable management. This process encompasses intelligent residents and professionals as producers of waste and smart managers to supervise the supply chain towards sustainable management of energy and waste resources. It is argued that the ICT participatory interface has a multiplying effect, especially when adopting the middle pathway approach in local and/or decentralized level towards smart energy production from waste. Innovative solutions to maximize waste efficiency through the collaborative power of ICT networks is critical to be deployed within local communities. These can be based on internet of things, big data, operational modeling, complex systems science, games and narratives, and social networks. The conceptual framework presented herein provides a basis for decision support towards sustainable development and interaction through a creative pathway of collaboration applicable to all the levels of potential synergies. Main conclusions and future challenges indicate that more research effort is required by the scientific community to leverage on the collaborative power of social networks and to efficiently apply ICT methods for adopting the “socially-oriented” middle pathway approach within communities’ empowerment. Only on this basis may the tale of two challenges have a happy end, both for energy transition and waste management. Full article
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