Special Issue "Circular and Climate-Neutral Solutions: Biomass as the Base of Our Future Circular Society"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

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Special Issue Editors

Dr. Saskia Keesstra
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Prof. Dr. Hans Van Meijl
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Team Soil, Water and Land Use, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: water-climate-energy-food nexus; food security; biobased & circular economy themes; bioeconomy; agricultural policy reforms (CAP reform); (indirect) land use change; biobased policies (RED); forestry (REDD); trade liberalisation (WTO, impact on developing countries); climate change (adaptation and mitigation policies); technology at macro and micro level
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Dr. Saskia Visser
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Circular and climate-neutral society, Wageningen University and Research, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: sustainable land use; climate-smart land use; data revolution; healthy soils; fair and functional land use; environmental performance; carbon capture in soils
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A transition towards a circular, biobased and climate-smart society is the answer to many of the societal challenges we are facing today. Circular systems in the green and blue domains will close water, nutrient and carbon cycles and, thereby, minimize resource losses and climate change effects, hence ensuring that society can live within the limits of the planet. Integrated circular systems will replace linear systems by making smart connections within and between terrestrial (plant- and animal-based) and marine production cycles and strengthen networks. ethink our food and biobased systems and the economy; think about new economic perspectives in a circular biobased society; and consider social organization and risk management in a circular biobased society and partnerships, to facilitate governance in transitions. This Special Issue aims to showcase how biomass will be the basis of our future circular society, and how circular and climate-neutral solutions provoke changes in the biosphere, economy and society.

Suggested topics:

We invite authors to submit papers addressing the following overall questions:

  • How can we produce enough food and biomass for essential biobased products (clothes, plastics, construction materials, paper, etc.) while safeguarding our natural resources?
  • How can we avoid losses and waste in our food and biobased systems?
  • How do we ensure that these changes happen in a socially responsible manner, guarantee inclusivity and prevent the exclusion of groups?
  • What new behavior is needed to make sure that the transition to a circular society also ensures climate restoration?
  • How can biomass and bioproducts be best utilized and recycled for different purposes without introducing (new) risks to human health, and how can food safety risks be measured and assessed in a circular production system?
  • Can an inclusive and sustainable economy be achieved with continuous economic growth, or do we need degrowth?
  • Do we need a new economic framework that embeds inclusiveness and planetary boundaries in its core paradigm?
  • How can the world market in a circular society including global and regional competition for biomass between food and non-food products be addressed?
  • What are circular and climate-smart business models (including risk management)?
  • How can governments innovate to facilitate a transition to a circular society – not only by applying traditional regulatory and policy incentives and restrictions but also by appreciating and facilitating societal factors and initiatives?
  • How should the responsibilities for the governance of transitions between public and private actors, and between different layers (global to local) and different policy domains, be allocated?
  • How should these policies and arrangements be monitored and evaluated?

Dr. Saskia Keesstra
Prof. Dr. Hans Van Meijl
Dr. Saskia Visser
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • biosphere
  • circular society
  • circular economy
  • soil
  • competing claims on land
  • SDGs
  • biomass
  • circular partnerships
  • biobased products
  • transitions

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What Does the Circular Household of the Future Look Like? An Expert-Based Exploration
Land 2022, 11(7), 1062; https://doi.org/10.3390/land11071062 - 12 Jul 2022
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Circularity is a necessity for the future of our society but individual households often find it difficult to contribute to this transition. This paper presents possible future visions of circular (and climate-neutral) households, inside and outside the house, regarding their contributions to the [...] Read more.
Circularity is a necessity for the future of our society but individual households often find it difficult to contribute to this transition. This paper presents possible future visions of circular (and climate-neutral) households, inside and outside the house, regarding their contributions to the circular society, and taking into account food, energy, waste, household devices, and recreation. We combined expert interviews and a literature review to (1) explore imaginable futures for circular households, and (2) make a qualitative evaluation of the inside- and outside-house influences of households on a climate-neutral and circular society. Interviewees were selected to represent different scientific backgrounds. The four household types were organized according to more local or global, and collective or individual, levels: (1) the Househood (centering around neighborhoods); (2) the HouseNet (connecting households); (3) the Sharing Household (sharing goods between households); and (4) the Designing Household (input from circular-by-design products). The analysis shows that households can become more circular by connecting developments in social, ecological, and technological systems, such as those in price dynamics, policies, or land-use design. However, barriers and limitations need attention, including: (1) public awareness and willingness to change; (2) economic models; (3) waste; and (4) social justice. Full article
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Development of a Model for the Implementation of the Circular Economy in Desert Coastal Regions
Land 2022, 11(9), 1506; https://doi.org/10.3390/land11091506 - 07 Sep 2022
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Food production is the main challenge for developing arid regions due to the restricted access to fresh water. This study combines the environmental know-how of two coastal desert regions on the American continent with similar geographical characteristics to propose a general model for [...] Read more.
Food production is the main challenge for developing arid regions due to the restricted access to fresh water. This study combines the environmental know-how of two coastal desert regions on the American continent with similar geographical characteristics to propose a general model for a circular economy in stressed environmental conditions. The Atacama Desert, located in Chile, is the driest place on Earth. Due to the lack of rainfall in decades, the possibility of growing food is almost impossible. The Desert of Sonora, in the northwest of Mexico, is known for its extreme aridity and temperatures over 50 °C in summer. Both deserts have continuously growing cities ranging from 400,000 to 900,000 inhabitants, where access to and management of freshwater represents an issue. A circular economy model was developed. Critical parameters for this model considered: the utilisation of solar energy for water desalination and energy production, integrated with hydroponic farming and water dosing with hydrogels for food production; microalgae for biofuels; seaweed for biochemicals; anaerobic digestion for organic waste management and nutrient recovery from wastewater sludge treatment. Regional policies and governance are needed to incentivise the adoption of circular economy models. Full article
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