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Innovations for Sustainability and Climate Neutrality: Towards a European Model

URENIO Research introduces a new Topical Collection in Discover Sustainability on Innovations for Sustainability and Climate Neutrality: Towards a European Model.

Discover Sustainability is a Springer Nature open-access journal within the Discover Series, publishing research across all fields relevant to sustainability, and with an Impact Factor 2.6 (2002). The journal is indexed in Web of Science’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), SCOPUS, and DOAJ.

We invite research papers, case studies, literature reviews, that fall within the scope of the Collection, briefly presented below.

The European Union (EU) has set a highly ambitious objective to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050, following its broader commitment to combat climate change and address environmental sustainability. This objective is embedded in the European Green Deal, which was proposed by the European Commission in 2019, and has since become a cornerstone of EU policy, aligned with innovations for greenhouse gas emissions reduction; sectoral transformation of energy, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and buildings; energy transition to a low-carbon system using renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric power, as well as enhancing energy efficiency; Just Transition to mitigate the social and economic impacts on regions and communities that are heavily reliant on fossil fuels or energy-intensive industries; support to 100+ smart climate-neutral cities; strengthening of sustainability in the innovation agenda and Smart Specialisation Strategies; and many other policies and initiatives including monitoring and reporting.

While this objective to become climate-neutral by 2050 represents a bold and comprehensive commitment to climate adaptation, this Collection of Discover Sustainability focuses on strategies, pathways, and smart systems for achieving this objective. It seeks to assess whether the EU initiatives constitute a coherent model towards climate neutrality and to discuss the data, challenges, and methods that demonstrate the EU’s leadership in the global fight against climate change.

We are particularly inviting papers that shed light on the two vital aspects of the European model of innovation for addressing climate change. First, we encourage submissions that assess and analyse novel pathways, policies, and initiatives for climate neutrality in cities and regions within the European Union. Secondly, we invite contributions that delve into a (pan) European model of innovation for climate neutrality, connecting local and regional innovation ecosystems to EU innovation institutions and policy instruments.

Submission guidelines are at