Special Issue "Creating Benefits through Life Cycle Thinking: Practices and Challenges from EcoBalance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (21 October 2015)
Dr. Yasuhiro Fukushima
Department of Chemical Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan 6-6-07 Aramaki-aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-5869, Japan
Interests: assessment of systems technology; distributed energy systems; life cycle assessment; renewable energy; biofuels; industrial symbiosis; mathamatical modeling; chemical process
Dr. Yasushi Kondo
Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University 1-6-1 Nishi-waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8050 Japan
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Interests: environmentally extended input-output analysis; hybrid input-output analysis for material flow analysis and life cycle assessment; waste management and industrial symbiosis; consumer behavior and sustainable consumption; mathematical programming for sustainable decision making; socio-economic approaches for sustainability
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shinsuke Murakami
Department of Systems Innovation, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Interests: industrial ecology (materials flow analysis); mineral economics; resource/recycling policy; resource security; sustainable resources use
Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner
Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Interests: water footprint; life cycle assessment; carbon footprint; water footprint; standardization; resource efficiency and availability; life cycle sustainability assessment
We are pleased to invite you to submit articles for special issue on “Creating Benefits through Life Cycle Thinking: Practices and Challenges from EcoBalance”, by September 30, 2015.
The focus of this special issue covers discussions on methodologies and practices for sustainability based on life cycle thinking, which include but are not limited to:
- Industrial symbiosis, circular society, inter-sectoral design
- Sustainable resource and business management
- Challenges for sustainable industry
- Food security and sustainable agriculture
- Socio-economic approaches to sustainability
- Implementation of Eco-innovation
We would like to invite a wide range of studies to share their quests for creating benefits from life cycle thinking. In recognition of the fact that the benefits sought are diverse, contributions from various sectors are welcome to highlight advantages beyond mere financial considerations in the increasingly globalized supply chain under quickly changing circumstances.
This issue welcomes all the important studies in the abovementioned context from any researchers. Special encouragement goes to the papers that extend the presentations from the 11th International Conference on EcoBalance, the milestone conference held on the 20th year after its birth on 1994. The EcoBalance conference has been offering precious opportunities for the worldwide researchers that examined how life cycle thinking can actually make practical steps forward towards sustainability. Its uniqueness always lied on the presence of various industrial sectors and participants from the non-OECD countries especially from the Asia. Recognizing that the current problems met in developed regions are the ones that will be faced by the developing regions, the special issue hopes to respond to the practices and needs both in developed and developing regions worldwide.
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- life cycle assessment
- management for sustainability
- industrial symbiosis
- socio-economic approaches