Special Issue "Cleaner Production Practices and Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Geraldo Cardoso de Oliveira Neto
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Industrial Engineering Post-Graduation Program, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), 01504-001 Liberdade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Interests: cleaner production; sustainability; sustainable development; circular economy
Prof. Dr. Wagner Cezar Lucato
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Industrial Engineering Post-Graduation Program, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), 01504-001 Liberdade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Interests: sustainable manufactruring; susteinability; sustainable development
Dr. Marlene Amorim
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Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP), Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT) Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: service operations; service quality; innovation; digitalization
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Prof. Dr. Vikas Kumar
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Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK
Interests: sustainability; supply chain management; Industry 4.0; circular economy; operational excellence
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Conceptually cleaner production (CP) aims to embed environmental concerns in the specification and management of production processes, products, and services in order to increase efficiency while minimizing the risks for humans and the environment, according to UNEP (2015). The purpose of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) created in 1972 is to coordinate the international actions for protection of the environment and promotion of sustainable development. The call for the adoption of cleaner production principles is a key tool develop production systems that meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have been put forward in 2015 and subscribed by all United Nations countries. Building on the concept of Sustainable Development as an expansion that meets the current needs without impairing the potentials of the future generations, countries have agreed upon the creation of a global agenda for sustainable development, with specific targets for each sustainable development goal addressing an ample range of issues including climate change, and environmental degradation.

According to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, business plays a critical role in the achievement of these goals. However, a great challenge in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda is the need to achieve effective transformation in business attitudes to accommodate the adoption of new sustainability practices, technologies, and business models. The societal calls for business change are increasing, fostering “businesses to incorporate SDG reporting into their existing processes, empowering them to act and make the achievements of the SDGs a reality” (UNGC, 2018). Technology offers good prospects on this direction. There are growing expectations about the potential offered by digitalization for pursuing the SDGs, and the ability to set up more efficient and collaborative digital production ecosystems.

Despite the burgeoning body of literature devoted to the SDGs that has emerged in recent years, a further understanding is still needed to link the adoption of cleaner production principles with achievements in the economic, social, and ecological dimensions of sustainable development, including fighting poverty and improving sustainable development in the same agenda.

Therefore, the objective of this Special Issue is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge about the adoption of cleaner production practices across different business sectors in industrial and service production and its contribution to the SDGs from a holistic perspective. This Special Issue will bring together recent research work addressing the transformation of business practice associated with the adoption of cleaner production, offering a fresh view on the enablers and the contexts of adoption, documenting the transformation of business processes, product specifications and value models, and exploring the effective implications for multiple SDGs. Research work that explores how diverse social stakeholders, including governments, private companies, academic institutions, and other organizations are engaging the development of sustainable infrastructure, technologies, and processes to advance sustainable transformation are welcome.

The Special Issue aims to attract research work addressing the following topics:

  • Relationship between cleaner production and sustainable development;
  • Impacts of cleaner production for SDGs;
  • Cleaner production technologies and SDGs;
  • Experiences in the adoption of cleaner production and SDGs;
  • Impacts of CP for sustainability goals;
  • Digital technologies for cleaner production and SDGs;
  • Collaboration and stakeholder involvement in cleaner production and SDGs.

Some relevant references on the subject:

de Oliveira Neto, G.C., Correia, J.M.F., Silva, P.C., Sanches, A.G.O., Lucato, W.C. (2019). Cleaner Production in the textile industry and its relationship to sustainable development goals. Journal of Cleaner Production. 228, 1514-1525.

de Oliveira Neto, G.C.,; Tucci, Henrricco Nieves Pujol ; Correia, José Manuel Ferreira ; Da Silva, Paulo Cesar ; Da Silva, Dirceu ; Amorim, Marlene . Stakeholders’ influences on the adoption of cleaner production practices: A survey of the textile industry. SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION, v. 26, p. 126-145, 2021.

Munguia, N.; Esquer, J.; Guzman, H.; Herrera, J.; Gutierrez-Ruelas, J.; Velazquez, L. Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings: A Step toward the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1212.

Leite, Roberto ; Amorim, Marlene ; Rodrigues, Mário ; Oliveira Neto, Geraldo . Overcoming Barriers for Adopting Cleaner Production: A Case Study in Brazilian Small Metal-Mechanic Companies. Sustainability, v. 11, p. 4808, 2019.

Baltazar, J., Reis, J., & Amorim, M. (2020). Sustainable economies: Using a macro-economic model to predict how the default rate is affected under economic stress scenarios. Sustainable Futures2, 100011.

Prof. Dr. Geraldo Cardoso de Oliveira Neto
Prof. Dr. Wagner Cezar Lucato
Dr. Marlene Amorim
Prof. Vikas Kumar
Guest Editors

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  • cleaner production
  • sustainability
  • goals of sustainable development
  • circular economy
  • stakeholder influences

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