Special Issue "Fighting Climate Change with Circular Economy"

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlos Borrego
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Department of Environment & Planning, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: air quality monitoring and modelling; atmospheric impact assessment of industrial units; environmental risk assessment; environmental impact studies; climate change mitigation and adaptation as co-benefit for air pollution, from the regional to local scale (using nature-based solutions); circular economy in cities; sustainable development
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Prof. Maria Isabel Nunes
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Department of Environment and Planning, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: solid waste management; waste valorization; water pollution and treatment; life cycle assessment; bio-diesel fuels
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Prof. Dr. Carlos Felgueiras

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Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology (CIETI), and School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
Interests: energy quality; energy and buildings; energy and environmental indicators; renewable energy systems; sustainable energy systems; engineering education
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Prof. Dr. Nídia Caetano

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School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), R. Dr. Roberto Frias S/N, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: biodiesel; bioethanol; biorefinery; energy storage systems; microalgae biorefineries; sustainable energy systems; waste valorization; wastewater treatment; waste-to-energy
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Prof. Dr. Marta Ferreira Dias
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Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP), and University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago 3810-193, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: : energy policy and regulation; energy economics; energy markets; energy demand and supply; consumer behavior
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change has been internationally recognized as a global problem, caused by human action and intensified by national development. Global warming is its most known effect, affecting agricultural activity, increasing drought periods, and causing serious health conditions in worldwide population. Initiatives such as the IPCC have been established to prevent and mitigate climate change and global warming. The Paris Agreement signed by many nations in 2015 represents a significant recognition of the need for global policy actions, across all the activity sectors. Though progress is pursued by developed and developing countries, the scarcity of fossil energy sources and the need to develop in a sustainable way have led to new ideas about the use of natural resources, thus leading to what is nowadays called the circular economy.

This Special Issue of Climate, with the theme ‘’Fighting Climate Change with Circular Economy’’, aims to publish research or review articles dealing with topics related to climate change and global warming, within the circular economy perspective, exploring the role and progress of energy policy in the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. It will publish study cases of (i) the carbon market and its contribution towards assisting energy policy makers, and the corresponding results of energy policy implementation; and (ii) urban policy for the 21st century, addressing innovation as a key factor for implementing integrated development approaches, increasing cities’ resilience.

We welcome original contributions that are capable of addressing any of these challenges.

Prof. Carlos Borrego
Prof. Maria Isabel Nunes
Prof. Carlos Felgueiras
Prof. Nídia Caetano
Prof. Marta Ferreira Dias
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Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Climate 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 1000 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.

Keywords

  • circular economy for clean energy and sustainable cities
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • decarbonisation
  • eco-design and eco-efficiency
  • energy efficiency and sufficiency
  • energy policy, economics, planning, and regulation
  • life cycle assessment
  • risk assessment

Published Papers (2 papers)

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Stakeholders’ Perception of Climate Actions in Some Developing Economies
Climate 2020, 8(6), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli8060066 - 27 May 2020
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Resilience, adaptation and mitigation are unique but complimentary actions in the fight against climate change (CC), particularly in developing countries. Although evidence suggest the inclusion of stakeholder opinions as part of the frameworks for combating CC, this evidence is not well substantiated, and [...] Read more.
Resilience, adaptation and mitigation are unique but complimentary actions in the fight against climate change (CC), particularly in developing countries. Although evidence suggest the inclusion of stakeholder opinions as part of the frameworks for combating CC, this evidence is not well substantiated, and is not extensively described in sub-Sahara African CC literature. While language remains a big issue in CC discussions, processes comprised within climate actions are equally as important as both the language and the results. It is on the basis of the confusion surrounding the language adopted as actions geared towards combating CC that this study seeks to examine the opinions/perception of CC actors in three West African nations. It looks at perceived and/or suitable solutions to selected CC-imposed challenges in the midst of socio-economic and environmental concerns. A total of 475 individuals, representing NGOs, public and private organizations involved with CC issues, as well as private persons concerned about CC, were recruited across Nigeria, Niger, and Benin, over a two-year period (April 2017–April 2019). A questionnaire containing 15 items was administered. The results of data analysis using chi-square and Fischer’s exact tests show that the mean number of CC actors differs within and across all three countries for all climate action types against CC-imposed challenges. While CC adaptive plans and projects are thought to yield immediate results, they are also observed to be cheaper in comparison to mitigation and resilience projects. Full article
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Modelling of Regional Economic Metabolism
Climate 2020, 8(4), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli8040052 - 02 Apr 2020
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The current linear economic system has led Europe to unsustainable development, aggravating several issues, such as climate change, limitation of resources, and pollution. As a sustainable alternative, circular economy (CE) has been promoted around the world. This economic system allows for the maximization [...] Read more.
The current linear economic system has led Europe to unsustainable development, aggravating several issues, such as climate change, limitation of resources, and pollution. As a sustainable alternative, circular economy (CE) has been promoted around the world. This economic system allows for the maximization of a product’s life, thus decreasing its environmental impact and increasing its value. The main goal of this work is to scrutinise the concepts of CE over time, from the beginning of the concept, to its implementation in Europe and its application in Portugal. In addition, the requirement for strategies that led to studies on regional urban metabolism are addressed. Another goal is to examine Portugal and see how the country is dealing with the implementation of strategies for CE, moving from concept to practice. This part of the work resulted in the creation of the REMET-UA model, a tool to assess the regional economic metabolism, which also has the potential to evaluate synergies of materials in terms of fluxes between regions, maximizing the amount of information available at this scale for municipalities and enterprises to be used, having taken into account the purpose of circular economy. The results showed that REMET-UA is fully operational and corresponds to the goal for which the model was made. Future developments have been identified and are underway to improve the model and bring it as close to reality as possible. Full article
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