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Sustainability and Applied Circular Economy in Energy, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Management

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 4446

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1. Department of Management, BA School of Business and Finance, University of Riga, LV-1658 Riga, Latvia
2. Legal Department, Law Faculty, Rīga Stradiņš University, LV-1007 Rīga, Latvia
Interests: sustainable development; digitalization; quadruple helix concept; quality; environmentally friendly choices; partnership
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Department of Economics and Management, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal (ESCE-IPS), UNIDE-IUL, 2910-761 Setúbal, Portugal
Interests: sustainable development; circular economy; measurement and applications; design thinking

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is focused on the wide-ranging topic of “Sustainability and Applied Circular Economy in Energy, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Management”. The subject is related to cooperation and the implementation of Green Deal Strategies in sectors of the economy and raw materials to ensure clean energy, sustainable industry, construction and renovation, sustainable mobility, pollution reduction, and climate action.

This Special Issue covers a wide range of topical issues, including:

  1. Collaboration and shared value creation for circular and sustainable transition;
  2. The circular economy and waste management solutions on the micro, meco and macro scale;
  3. ESG and corporate social responsibility;
  4. Sustainable consumption and distribution of energy.

More specifically, the Special Issue will cover topics major or minor which help to find solutions for circular economy and sustainable development problems, such as climate protection, sustainable natural resources management, regulations on sustainable investments, energy economics, environmental economics, environmental management, the inclusive nature of green transition, renewable energy, smart energy materials’ sustainability and development, knowledge economy, and the management and financing of the green transition. Manuscripts on interdisciplinary research are especially welcome.

Prof. Dr. Dzintra Atstāja
Dr. Sandrina B. Moreira
Prof. Dr. Valentin Molina-Moreno
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • collaboration and shared value creation for circular and sustainable transition
  • concepts, challenges and effects of collaborative circular business models, industrial symbiosis and partnerships
  • ecosystem and quadruplex or quintuplex helix cooperation for shared value creation
  • stakeholder initiatives, societal involvement and the scaling up of sharing solutions
  • open innovation and design thinking for sustainable value co-creation
  • public policies for sustainability and the circular economy
  • circular economy market makers
  • public policies on renewable energy
  • consumer awareness of renewable energy
  • marketing strategies to develop renewable energy
  • consumer behavior in the use of renewable energies
  • materials and renewable energy
  • renewable energy distribution systems
  • sensors and renewable energy
  • circular economy inclusion
  • renewable energy value chain
  • renewable energy: jobs in the renewable energy sector
  • environmentally friendly choices, green jobs
  • circular economy business models
  • construction and demolition waste, construction waste recycling, reusing, circularity
  • waste management
  • green building
  • smart and sustainable cities
  • new business models and innovation management of energies
  • green growth for energy (financial factors)
  • energies and sustainability development in smart cities
  • business performance and circular economy
  • energy efficiency
  • energy consumption and urban areas
  • zero waste and the green economy
  • environmental economics and corporate social responsibility
  • environmental management
  • green human resource management
  • green entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  • green and sustainable marketing
  • inclusive nature of the green transition
  • knowledge economy
  • management and financing the green transition
  • rational use of nature resources
  • regulation on sustainable investments
  • renewable energy applications (alternatively, renewable energies)
  • renewable energies
  • sustainable finance and circular economy
  • circular economy and sustainable development goals
  • sustainable natural resources management
  • resilience and sustainability
  • digitalization
  • sustainability
  • leadership
  • quality
  • online and blended education
  • professional development
  • green bonds
  • sustainable transportation
  • energy law
  • renewable energy
  • ensuring security of supply
  • energy investment

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Management of Household-Generated Construction and Demolition Waste: Circularity Principles and the Attitude of Latvian Residents
by Inese Mavlutova, Dzintra Atstaja, Sandra Gusta and Janis Hermanis
Energies 2024, 17(1), 205; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17010205 - 30 Dec 2023
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This study aims to investigate to what extent the construction and demolition waste generated by households is managed by the principles of circularity and to identify the main influencing factors in the behavior of households regarding the circularity-based management of construction waste in [...] Read more.
This study aims to investigate to what extent the construction and demolition waste generated by households is managed by the principles of circularity and to identify the main influencing factors in the behavior of households regarding the circularity-based management of construction waste in Latvia. The current research presents principles of circularity of household-generated waste based on a systematic literature review, and the data obtained from a survey were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. This study clarifies the circular economy rationale for construction and demolition waste (CDW) management in Latvia and proposes further development to promote the achievement of sustainable development goals and increased energy efficiency. The results reveal that the observance of circular economy principles in construction and demolition waste management among Latvian households does not correspond to good circular economy practices due to attitudes toward environmental issues, expenses, and logistics; thus, compliance with these principles and legislation as well as closer cooperation between municipalities and households can promote significant economic benefits. Full article
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Optimization of Offshore Wind Power Generation in Response to the 2022 Extreme Drought in Portugal
by Fernando M. Camilo, Paulo J. Santos, Pedro J. Lobato and Sandrina B. Moreira
Energies 2023, 16(22), 7542; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16227542 - 12 Nov 2023
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Portugal, in line with the European Union, is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 (Net Zero), which implies a transition to sustainable energy sources. Climate change is all too evident, as extreme weather periods are occurring in a cyclical manner with greater brevity [...] Read more.
Portugal, in line with the European Union, is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 (Net Zero), which implies a transition to sustainable energy sources. Climate change is all too evident, as extreme weather periods are occurring in a cyclical manner with greater brevity to such an extent that the grid operator must deal with production scenarios where it can no longer rely on hydroelectric production given the recurring drought situation. This situation increases dependence on thermal production using natural gas and imports. This has significant economic implications. Portugal has exploited its onshore wind potential, reaching an installed capacity of 5.671 MW by 2022. However, the expansion of onshore wind energy is limited to reinforcing the existing infrastructure. To overcome these challenges, it is necessary to expand the exploitation of the offshore wind potential that is already underway. This article proposes the location of offshore wind production platforms along the Portuguese coast. This allows for an analysis of offshore production and its optimization according to the minimum cost per MWh in the face of extreme scenarios, i.e., in periods of extreme drought where the hydroelectric production capacity is practically non-existent. The model is fed by using market price indications and the amount of energy needed for the following day. Using forecast data, the model adapts offshore wind production for the following day according to the minimization of the average market price. This study presents an optimization model adapted to combat the unpredictability of extreme weather conditions. This strategic framework significantly increases the resilience and reliability of offshore wind energy production, marking a significant advance in the management of renewable energy under the pressure of climate variability. The results of the simulations allow us to conclude that despite the high cost of offshore technology (in deep waters), in extreme climate scenarios, it enables cost reduction and a clear decrease in imports. Full article
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Sustainable Consumption of Households According to the Zero Waste Concept
by Małgorzata Bogusz, Renata Matysik-Pejas, Andrzej Krasnodębski and Paweł Dziekański
Energies 2023, 16(18), 6516; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16186516 - 10 Sep 2023
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The actions, decisions and behavior of consumers in a circular economy are defined as a circular consumption system. The circular economy is an alternative economic model to the linear model of production and consumption. This model is in line with the zero waste [...] Read more.
The actions, decisions and behavior of consumers in a circular economy are defined as a circular consumption system. The circular economy is an alternative economic model to the linear model of production and consumption. This model is in line with the zero waste concept, which according to the Zero Waste International Alliance, is an ethical, economical, efficient and forward-looking concept in which consumer behavior includes buying products, caring for them and then recycling or reusing them. This is closely linked to adopting and committing to the circular business model of extending and reusing products. The aim of the study was to identify and describe consumer behavior and activities related to the zero waste concept. The analysis was conducted in the context of reusable products. The research was based on the CAWI method. The tool used to obtain the information was a structured questionnaire. The survey included 821 respondents from Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. The survey shows that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the consequences of consumption not based on choices with a positive attitude towards the environment. In addition, consumer sensitivity to environmental problems is growing. Growing consumer awareness and the promotion of healthy lifestyles by environmental organizations and movements are reversing unfavorable trends in favor of conscious consumption based on rational consumer choices, which translates into economic effects for households. The study found that the behavior of many respondents fits into the zero waste concept, implementing habits on a daily basis that are in line with sustainable consumption. Full article
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