Special Issue "Green Development of Industries and Sustainable Use of Resources in the Industrial Sector"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zongguo Wen
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Guest Editor
School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Interests: circular economy; solid waste management; environmental systematic analysis; energy policy; industrial carbon dioxide control; environmental policy; industrial symbiosis; smart environmental management
Mr. Christian Doh Dinga
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Guest Editor Assistant
School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Interests: circular economy; solid waste management; environmental systematic analysis; energy policy; industrial carbon dioxide control; environmental policy; industrial symbiosis; smart environmental management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapid development of the industrial sector has caused a substantial surge in energy consumption, pollutant emission and waste generation, which has, in turn, triggered severe environmental repercussions—ranging from natural resource depletion to climate change. In a bid to mitigate these environmental issues, Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction (ECER) policies have been implemented in many industries. However, most ECER policies are oriented towards a somewhat linear economy approach, where the focus is placed on promoting energy efficiency and pollutant abatement technologies in a single industrial sector. The ECER potential under such policies is narrowing as the application of these technologies in a single industrial sector is reaching saturation. Under such circumstances, Circular Economy (CE) approaches, such as promoting Industrial Symbiosis (IS), can enable the utilization of wastes and by-products from one industry as alternative input raw materials or fuels for another. This not only alleviates strict industrial ECER pressures but also significantly reduces the operational cost of industrial plants and saves resources. Thus, CE-based ECER approaches simultaneously optimize the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and societal benefits.

This Special Issue will explore the industrial ECER potential in a bottom-up CE approach, by proposing the following generic topics to develop: the green development of industries and sustainable use of resources in the industrial sector. This will supplement the existing literature focusing on traditional linear industrial ECER management by providing policy suggestions to promote CE-based ECER management approaches in cross-industrial sectors.

Prof. Dr. Zongguo Wen
Guest Editor

Mr. Christian Doh Dinga
Guest Editor Assistant

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Keywords

  • environmental management
  • circular economy
  • industrial symbiosis
  • bottom-up models
  • energy conservation
  • emission reduction
  • multiobjective optimization
  • multicriteria decision making
  • life cycle assessment
  • material flow analysis

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Fresh Food Dual-Channel Supply Chain Considering Consumers’ Low-Carbon and Freshness Preferences
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6445; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116445 - 06 Jun 2021
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Due to growing concerns for environmental problems and food quality, consumers pay more attention to the carbon emission and freshness of fresh food. The booming e-commerce also accelerates the development of the dual-channel supply chain. In the dual-channel supply chain of fresh food, [...] Read more.
Due to growing concerns for environmental problems and food quality, consumers pay more attention to the carbon emission and freshness of fresh food. The booming e-commerce also accelerates the development of the dual-channel supply chain. In the dual-channel supply chain of fresh food, the carbon emission and freshness of fresh food are becoming important factors affecting consumers’ purchase demand. This paper focuses on the optimal decision of carbon emission reduction and pricing, which is investigated by a Stackelberg game-theoretic approach in three dual-channel supply chain sales models (retailer dual channel, producer dual channel, and mixed dual channel). A two-stage fresh food supply chain system composed of a producer and a retailer is explored. The sensitivity analysis and the comparison of three dual-channel models are carried out. The results show the following: (1) the sales price, carbon emission reduction, market demand, producer’s profit, retailer’s profit, and supply chain’s profit of fresh food under the three dual-channel supply chains show the same change on different levels of consumers’ low-carbon preference coefficient and freshness level, respectively; (2) the optimal decision of carbon emission reduction and pricing, demand, and profit of the three dual-channel models need to be determined according to the value of consumers’ purchasing preferences for the retailer’s offline channel. The paper gives some enlightenment to the decision-making members in the fresh dual-channel supply chain. Full article
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