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Special Issue "Achieving the Circular Economy: Exploring the Role of Local Governments, Business, and Civic Society in an Urban Context"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Jenny Palm

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
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Interests: urban governance and urban planning processes; local and regional policy processes; socio-technical systems; energy systems; end-users and energy consumption; smart grid; prosumers; energy communities
Guest Editor
Prof. Nancy Bocken

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
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Interests: sustainable business management and practice; sustainable business models; business experiments for sustainability; sustainable innovation; circular economy; corporate sufficiency strategies; sustainable consumption; scaling up sustainable business

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urbanisation and climate change are urging cities to find novel pathways leading to a sustainable future. The urban context may be viewed as a new experimentation space to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Urban symbiosis and circular economy are emerging concepts attracting more and more attention within the urban context. Moreover, new business models are emerging around sharing and peer-to-peer practices, which are challenging existing roles of actors in society. These developments have an important impact on the flows of resources and the use of the city infrastructure, and each research area has taken a different perspective on the analysis of such impacts. In this Special Issue, we want to explore what a “circular city” would constitute and how and why cities engage in circularity. We invite papers discussing, for example, drivers, barriers, and challenges of implementing circularity priniciples. We also invite papers providing new empirical data on sustainability and the circular economy in cities and the roles that business and civic society can play in urban transitions for sustainability, as well as investigations of the interplay between these actors in achieving a circular economy. For example, how do interactions between business models in the urban economy affect the ecological and social sustainability of provision for human needs, and what tools can be used to assess this? What would adequate transition pathways in an urban context look like and what tools and methods can support key decision makers?

Prof. Jenny Palm
Prof. Nancy Bocken
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • urban symbiosis
  • circular city
  • sustainable urban governance, including circularity and symbiosis
  • public private partnership in urban symbiosis
  • urbanisation and climate change
  • flows of resources
  • eco-system innovation and transformation
  • businesses in urban transition
  • sustainable business model innovation
  • circular business models
  • sharing business models
  • collaborative planning

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Research

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Circular Economy as a Glocal Business Activity: Mobile Phone Repair in the Netherlands, Poland and China
Energies 2019, 12(3), 498; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12030498
Received: 24 December 2018 / Revised: 23 January 2019 / Accepted: 27 January 2019 / Published: 5 February 2019
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Repair of mobile phones fits with the vision of a circular economy in an urban context and with the Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. Drawing on the literature about firm level competitiveness and closed-loop design through repair, remanufacturing or recycling, [...] Read more.
Repair of mobile phones fits with the vision of a circular economy in an urban context and with the Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. Drawing on the literature about firm level competitiveness and closed-loop design through repair, remanufacturing or recycling, we analyze the business ecosystem of independent mobile phone repair shops in the Netherlands, Poland and China as a glocal business activity. The analysis is based on primary data collection through a questionnaire to independent repair shops in the Netherlands (n = 130), Poland (n = 443) and China (n = 175) with response rates of 13%, 12%, 40%, respectively; and 17 interviews in the Netherlands, 40 in Poland, and 70 in China. Findings indicate that to maintain a strong position in the local market and to sustain the trust of customers, independent mobile phone repair shops offer a range of customized services based on direct contact with customers. In China, the increasing prices of spare parts and falling prices of mobile phones constitute the most important challenges, whereas in the Netherlands and Poland, the most important challenges are the competitive pressures from informal repair activities, and new repair shops. Our research also revealed that repairability strongly depends on the global manufacturers’ circularity choices. Full article
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