Call for papers for a Virtual Special Issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production: Taking Nexus Approach Towards Greener Urbanization
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 1区
• 小类 : 工程：环境 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
City organizes and sustains itself by circulating high density of resource flows in production and consumption activities. However, there exist serious conflicts between increasing demand and waning carrying capacity of the urban area due to rapid urbanization (Chen, 2015). Urbanization also results in a rapid increase in energy consumption through: the urban spatial expansion, where urban sprawl has increased energy consumption in building sector and the transport sector; urban motorisation, which induces energy-intensive transportation; and the rising quality of energy-intensive lifestyles (Bai et al., 2014).
As such, there exists a wide concern: how can we encourage a greener and smarter growth in line with sustainable urbanization? For this sake, tracking material and energy flows that enter into, exchange within and finally depart from the city will clue on how they build the urban fabric and provide effective solutions for urban eco-environmental problems (Chen and Chen, 2015). Since the cities have special characteristics including structures, processes, and functions, it is necessary to use effective methodologies based on interdisciplinary issues to model the whole system consisted of interactive socio-ecological components with a nexus approach (Chen, 2015; Chen and Lu, 2015). It also requires collective efforts from the technological, economic, political and public units to go for a greener city (Zhao and Zhang, 2018). Positive changes in all urban sectors such as building, business, commercial, transport, consumption and energy are indispensable. In addition, the changes in people’ attitudes and actions will eventually change the way how cities are designed, constructed, managed and sustained (Bettencourt, 2010).
Given the fact that technological, economic, political and public issues are entangled into the complex urban systems, it is increasingly awared that any improvement from a single aspect, e.g., water, energy, or carbon, may not effectively achieve the expected results, but have to think about the nexus of these aspects (Chen et al., 2018). Researchers have spent increasing efforts on exploring the interrelation between different issues and thus provided insightful solutions accordingly (Fang and Chen, 2017; Fang et al., 2019). In the meantime, advanced technologies for interpreting complex systems, such as various data processing technologies, artificial intelligence and deep leanring, complex system theories, multi-objective dynamic optimization techniques, have been applied to the practice of green and smart urbanization (Wang and Chen, 2018).
The Special Issue, aims to extending our understanding about the nexus between energy and the environment in order to provide innovative solutions to sustainable urban development.
Upon the target of JCLP, the special issue intends to establish a platform for addressing and discussing theoretical and practical innovative solutions towards a greener urbanization, which include progresses in technology, system, production, consumption, institution and society. In accordance with the high academic standards promoted by the JCLP, this special issue focuses on, but is not limited to, the following topics:
Urban energy-water-air nexus
Urban Energy-Transport Nexus
Nexus of Urban Land Use and Energy
Energy-Air Quality- Health Nexus
Renewable energy supply and management for urban sectors
Green urban building design and construction
Greener urban transportation
Energy and material metabolism
Energy coversion and consumption for sustainable urbanization