Special Issue "Carbon Footprint: As an Environmental Sustainability Indicator"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018)
Dr. Shaojian Wang
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Urbanization and Geo-simulation, School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275, China
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Interests: sustainable development; exergy efficiency; carbon emission accounting; environmental impact; urban planning; spatial analysis and statistics
Carbon emissions from anthropogenic activities and their impact on climate change are one of the main challenges for achieving environmental sustainability. Carbon footprint, as an environmental sustainability indicator, has been frequently studied to quantify the environmental performance of a product, individual, company, city, or country, using environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA). Different LCA approaches have been developed to assess the environmental impacts of goods and services throughout their whole life cycle—that is from resource extraction, production, use and disposal—or cradle to grave. These approaches include the bottom-up process-based LCA approach and the top-down input–output-based LCA approach and both have advantages and disadvantages, in terms of system boundaries and detail of production processes. However, we need both approaches to be able to investigate the carbon implications of human activities at different scales, e.g., individual consumption, company operation, regional development. In addition, a win-win or trade-offs analysis between carbon footprint and other environmental indicators (e.g., water footprint, land footprint) may provide important information to decision makers for achieving overall environmental sustainability.
We invite researchers to contribute original research as well as review articles that address the topics of carbon footprint, including carbon accounting, win-win or trade-offs with other environmental issues, and carbon mitigation.
Prof. Kuishuang Feng
Prof. Dr. Bin Chen
Dr. Shaojian Wang
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- Life cycle assessment (LCA)
- Environmental input–output analysis
- Sustainable supply chain management
- Low carbon policies
- Carbon inequality
- Sustainable consumption and production