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Special Issue "Sustainability of the Electronic Equipment Sector: Advances and Controversial Aspects"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Annarita Paiano

I Faculty of Economics, Department of Business and Law Studies, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Largo Abbazia Santa Scolastica, 53-70124 Bari, Italy
Fax: +39 805049019
Interests: resources and energy flows in the production-use chains; end-of-life management; environmental impacts; legislative and market analysis regarding electronic equipment, biofuels and other sectors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last twenty years, there has been a sharp increase in the consumption of the electronic equipment, particularly IT and Telecommunications ones, such as mobile phones, PC and others. The short lifespan, which is due to continually substituting obsolete equipment with newer and more innovative models, has stimulated the growth in sales of these goods. This scenario demonstrates the need for studies and researches examining the sustainability of this sector according to two critical aspects that are also due to the behavioral patterns of the users: the first is the energy consumption of electronic devices and their associated equipment, and the second is related to the conflicting link between potential dematerialisation due to the miniaturisation of the devices and the resource consumption and waste generated in this sector.

This special issue of Sustainability will focus on the several aspects of the sustainability in this sector, so we welcome submissions of papers regarding the resources consumption, the energy use and the waste generated in the production, use and end-of-life chains of the Electronic Equipment, as well as the behavioral usage patterns, the ecodesign, the recycling and the EU legislation about this sector.

Dr. Annarita Paiano
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 monthly 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 1400 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.


  • electronic equipment
  • sustainability
  • usage patterns
  • energy use
  • resources consumption
  • WEEE
  • ecodesign
  • recycling
  • EU legislation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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