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Assessment of Circular Economy within Portuguese Organizations

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ISEP—P. Porto, School of Engineering and CIDEM R&D, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
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Department of Production and Systems, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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Department of Management Systems and Logistics, Rzeszow University of Technology, al. Powstańców Warszawy, 35-959 Rzeszow, Poland
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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2521; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072521
Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 10 July 2018 / Accepted: 13 July 2018 / Published: 19 July 2018
The move towards a new Circular Economy (CE) economic model has been advocated and supported in Portugal, however, there is limited research on this topic. To address this gap, a quantitative research based on an online survey was carried out among 99 Portuguese organizations, encompassing a wide range of sectors and sizes. The results show that CE is regarded as a strategic and relevant issue for profitability and value creation. Furthermore, the perception that it requires the adoption of new business models in addition to the classical “reduce, reuse and recycle” approach is growing. Moreover, based on the hypotheses raised, results suggest that the level of CE adoption is positively impacted by the status of the EMS (Environmental Management System) certification and the willingness to improve the environmental performance and achieve a sustainable business model. However, CE activities are still relatively modest and a friendlier context (fiscal, legal, organizational, etc.) and the stronger support from supply chain agents and consumers are required. Future research should focus on how to design and shape the transition from a linear to a CE economy and to ascertain if the positive attitude towards CE is materialized in changing the way business is done. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; sustainability; environmental management; resource management; strategy; motivations; knowledge; challenges circular economy; sustainability; environmental management; resource management; strategy; motivations; knowledge; challenges
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Fonseca, L.M.; Domingues, J.P.; Pereira, M.T.; Martins, F.F.; Zimon, D. Assessment of Circular Economy within Portuguese Organizations. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072521

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Fonseca LM, Domingues JP, Pereira MT, Martins FF, Zimon D. Assessment of Circular Economy within Portuguese Organizations. Sustainability. 2018; 10(7):2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072521

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Fonseca, Luis M., José P. Domingues, Maria T. Pereira, Florinda F. Martins, and Dominik Zimon. 2018. "Assessment of Circular Economy within Portuguese Organizations" Sustainability 10, no. 7: 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072521

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