Special Issue "Adopting Circular Economy Current Practices and Future Perspectives"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2019
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
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- Business Models
- Circular Economy
- Economic Assessment
- End of Life Strategy
- Environmental Assessment
- Renewable Energy
- Social Assessment
- Social Economics
- Sustainable Development
- Waste Management