Special Issue "Analysis of Bio-Based Products for the Circular Economy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Richard Bergman
Guest Editor
USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, One Gifford Pinchot Dr, Madison, WI, 53726, USA
Interests: circular economy, life-cycle assessment; forest products; GHG mitigation; green building; forestry; biomass conversion; biochar production; environmental assessment; techno-economic assessment; sustainability; renewable energy technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world's economy is only 9% circular. Because of our growing global population and the likelihood of resource scarcity, developing a circular economy has become a pressing societal issue that aligns well with the quest for sustainable product development. Determining how to gauge these products within a circular economy instead of a linear economy framework to see if these new products can be produced with both lower environmental impacts and economic costs remains a challenge. There are many benefits of developing a circular economy, such as lower waste productions and development of novel bioproducts from this or any other underutilized material that would otherwise be disposed of and cause harm to our environment.

The circular economy is built on the concepts of reduce, reuse, and recycle along with cascading use. Wood and agricultural material can be considered to fit naturally in the framework of a circular economy because of their renewable nature. It is essential to design and develop products from these materials to their highest use over many uses while being economically and environmentally sustainable in the process. We as a society have made some progress but greater effort is needed, especially in creating not only new bio-based products but assessing them in a sound scientific approach within the context of a circular economy.

Integrating analysis of bio-based products into the circular economy is in its infancy but efforts are being made. This Special Issue seeks contributions to aid in this endeavor. There are opportunities to create new circular economy metrics along with testing current metrics for their scientific validity. In addition, integrating these metrics into environmental and economic assessments would provide for a better story for those developing policies.

Prof. Dr. Richard Bergman
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Novel circular economy framework and metrics for bio-based products
  • Techno-economic assessments
  • Environmental assessments
  • Integration of economic and environmental assessments
  • Integration of circular economy metrics and life-cycle assessment
  • Strategies for bio-based products in the context of circular economy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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