Special Issue "Adopting Circular Economy Current Practices and Future Perspectives"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Idiano D’Adamo

Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics, University of L'Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Interests: circular economy, renewable energy, sustainability, waste management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

All scientists, researchers, citizens are employed to achieve sustainable goals. The current actions contribute to writing the story of future generations and interesting perspectives can be narrated based only on a great sense of social responsibility. The literature gives great attention to the models of a Circular Economy (CE), the topic is multidisciplinary and different sectors are involved. The relevance of CE seems to be given by its benefits for sustainable development (Homrich et al., 2018). The great challenge of CE is to overcome the linear 'take, make and dispose' economic model (Govindan and Hasanagic, 2018). It aims to reduce both virgin material inputs and waste outputs by closing resource flow loops. To make CE sustainable, its environmental, economic and social values must be demonstrated (Awasthi et al., 2018). In this way, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible.

With this Special Issue, we invite researchers and practitioners to propose their contributions in order to support the adoption of the CE paradigm in companies and organizations around the world. All theoretical, methodological and practical studies are accepted in this issue. In particular, we suggest you to explore the following aspects:

  • The current state of CE. Programs and initiatives in both developing and developed countries.
  • Future and trends of CE. A change of program for managers, consumers and politicians.
  • The analysis of CE policies. The role of subsidies, penalties, tax burden.
  • The assessment of CE. The analysis of potential social opportunities, environmental improvements and economic advantages.
  • The measurement of CE. The definition of indicators and the quantification of the circularity of a product.
  • Rethinking the concept of waste. Needs and opportunities.
  • The transition towards a low carbon society. The relationship between the CE models and the use of renewable energies.
  • The change on the production side (innovation, efficiency, efficacy of firms) and on the demand side (attitudes, behaviors and practices of consumers).


Homrich, A.S.; Galvão, G.; Abadia, L.G.; Carvalho, M.M. The circular economy umbrella: Trends and gaps on integrating pathways. Journal of Cleaner Production 2018, 175, 525-543.

Govindan, K.; Hasanagic, M. A systematic review on drivers, barriers, and practices towards circular economy: A supply chain perspective. International Journal of Production Research 2018, 56, 278-311.

Awasthi, A.K.; Cucchiella, F.; D'Adamo, I.; Li, J.; Rosa, P.; Terzi, S.; Wei, G.; Zeng, X. Modelling the correlations of e-waste quantity with economic increase. Science of The Total Environment 2018, 613-614, 46-53.

Dr. Idiano D'Adamo
Guest Editor

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  • Business Models
  • Circular Economy
  • Decarbonisation
  • Economic Assessment
  • End of Life Strategy
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Social Assessment
  • Social Economics
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development
  • Waste Management

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Open AccessArticle The Profitability of Residential Photovoltaic Systems. A New Scheme of Subsidies Based on the Price of CO2 in a Developed PV Market
Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(9), 148; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7090148
Received: 4 August 2018 / Revised: 25 August 2018 / Accepted: 27 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
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Photovoltaic (PV) resource drives the clean global economy of the future. Its sustainability is widely confirmed in literature, however some countries present a growth very low in the last years. A new policy proposal is examined in this work. It aims to stimulate [...] Read more.
Photovoltaic (PV) resource drives the clean global economy of the future. Its sustainability is widely confirmed in literature, however some countries present a growth very low in the last years. A new policy proposal is examined in this work. It aims to stimulate a new diffusion of PV plants in mature markets (e.g., Italy) regarding residential consumers. The subsidy is given to the amount of energy produced by PV plant for a period of 20 years (equal to its lifetime) and its value is calculated according to the scheme of European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) is used as economic method and two indexes are proposed: Net Present Value (NPV) and Discounted Payback Time (DPBT). The baseline case studies vary in function of two variables; (i) the share of self-consumption (30%, 40% and 50%) and (ii) the price of emissions avoided (10, 35 and 70 € per ton of CO2eq). Results confirms the environmental advantages of PV sources as alternative to the use of fossil fuels (685 gCO2eq/kWh) and economic opportunities are verified in several scenarios (from 48 €/kW to 1357 €/kW). In particular, the profitability of PV systems is greater with a subsidized rate of fiscal deduction of 50% in comparison to subsidies with a value of carbon dioxide lower than 18.50 €/tCO2eq. Full article
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