Special Issue "Management of the Circular Economy in the Productive Sectors: Innovative Practices for a More Sustainable World"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña
Guest Editor
Department of Economics and Business, Universidad de Almeria, Almeria, Spain
Interests: circular economy; bioeconomy; agriculture; waste management; sustainable development; water management; social economy
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Dr. Emilio Abad-Segura
Guest Editor
Department of Economics and Business, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: financial accounting; network science; data science; sustainable finance; data analysis
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Dr. Valentin Molina Moreno
Guest Editor
Department of Management-1 UGR, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
Interests: circular economy; social economy; sustainability; recovery technologies; green economy; blue economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The management of the circular economy, as a comprehensive approach to regenerative economic development, has as its main objective to reduce the growth of the consumption of finite resources. Among its principles, it seeks to preserve and improve natural capital and optimize the use of resources, in addition to eliminating negative externalities. The circular model in the productive sectors of the economy, that is, one that includes the real activities such as agriculture, industry and services, proposes to minimize the amount of external inputs for production and reduce the impacts negative effects on the environment.

For example, in this context, agriculture offers a multitude of options, such as primary production using precision agriculture techniques, recycling, or the use of agricultural waste and materials. The innovative practices of circular economy in this sector must assume the criteria of: (i) relevance; (ii) integrity and clarity of the information; (iii) practical nature of the expected results; and (iv) behavioral and educational contribution/added value. Implementation through innovative processes or the establishment of new circular models or financing opportunities will add value to this particular approach to the economy in the primary sector. Among the opportunities to change from the linear to the circular model, this sector will focus on the reuse of water; to carry out precision agriculture to generate a minimum environmental impact; to use biofertilizer and thus increase productivity and sustainability; and to the use of energy produced from biomass, such as energy crops, agricultural and forestry waste and byproducts, or microbial biomass. In other sectors, innovative practices within the framework of the circular economy help enterprises to maintain a strategic position within the sustainability context, making innovation reach all active parts of its productive process.

In 2015, the UN approved the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, defining the SDGs to globally develop the dimensions of sustainability (economic, social and environmental), where the circular economy is located at the intersection of this triple balance. The development of the good practices of the circular economy should focus on the achievement of the SDGs and contribute to the sustainable reorientation of countries. In this regard, fossil fuel pollutants will be replaced in energy production by new resources and alternative sources of energy (SDG 7); resources will be used more efficiently and the application of clean, environmentally sound and responsible technologies and processes will be promoted (SDG 9); and be will make efficient use of natural resources, in addition to promoting reduction of waste generation (SDG 12).

This special issue seeks original research that addresses the analysis of circular economy strategies in relation to good practices, innovative processes and relevant cases on learning from experience, in relation to the SDGs. Articles can also focus on the study of environmental limits, critical drivers, opportunities for innovation and technology and social transfer, and institutions driving relevant initiatives for good practices in the productive sectors for the circular economy.

Hence, articles are welcome to examine global circular economy strategies in the productive sectors in relation to the development of innovative practices, highlighting the integrity and clarity of the information, the practicality of the expected results, awareness and educational components.

Prof. Dr. Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña
Dr. Emilio Abad-Segura
Dr. Valentin Molina Moreno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • circular economy
  • bioeconomy
  • waste management
  • sustainable development
  • new technologies
  • corporate social responsibility
  • productive sectors
  • open innovation
  • sustainable development goals

Published Papers

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