Special Issue "Development of Manufacturing Based on Sustainability Goals and Circular Economy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Davide Settembre Blundo
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Department of Business Economics (ADO), Applied Economics II and Fundamentals of Economic Analysis, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
Interests: Sustainability Management; Innovation Management; Circular Economy; Manufacturing
Prof. Dr. Fernando Enrique García-Muiña
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Department of Business Economics (ADO), Applied Economics II and Fundamentals of Economic Analysis, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
Interests: Business Organization, Socio-economic Assessment, Innovation Management, Circular Economy
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Prof. Dr. Mauro Francesco La Russa
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Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy
Interests: Environmental Geochemistry; Environmental Geology; Building Materials; Archaeometry
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Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Ferrari
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Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
Interests: Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science
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Prof. Dr. Maria Pia Riccardi
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Interests: Resource Sustainability, Materials Processing, Commodity Sciences, Cultural Heritage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of the circular economy, an economic system designed to regenerate itself and therefore able to guarantee its own eco-sustainability, has progressively established itself both among scholars and practitioners. However, can we say that we have now entered the era of the circular economy?

To answer this question, the challenge is now to translate this concept from the field of intentions to concrete actions and, especially in the manufacturing context, it is necessary to take this opportunity to make processes more efficient in the use of natural, economic and social capital.

Circular economy and digital transformation are enabling technologies to achieve sustainability goals in manufacturing (Garcia-Muiña et al., 2018).  Just as the transition from the linear to the circular economy can only be accompanied by an evolution of the business model that must also become circular (Garcia-Muiña et al., 2020). This change implies the adoption of the life cycle approach to succeed in making supply chains more efficient (González-Sánchez et al., 2020) and exploit good sustainability practices as a source of competitive advantage for manufacturing companies (Settembre-Blundo et al., 2019).

The goal of this Special Issue is to explore how manufacturing companies, thanks to the support of enabling technologies, can evolve towards the model of smart and circular enterprises and what impact this transformation makes on the creation and capture of value within supply chains. Both conceptual and empirical research and case studies, aimed at validating theoretical assumptions, are welcome in this Issue. 

References

(1) Garcia-Muiña, F. E., González-Sánchez, R., Ferrari, A. M., & Settembre-Blundo, D. (2018). The paradigms of Industry 4.0 and circular economy as enabling drivers for the competitiveness of businesses and territories: The case of an Italian ceramic tiles manufacturing company. Social Sciences, 7(12), 255.

(2) García-Muiña, F. E., Medina-Salgado, M. S., Ferrari, A. M., & Cucchi, M. (2020). Sustainability Transition in Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing with the Triple-Layered Business Model Canvas. Sustainability, 12(6), 2364.

(3) González-Sánchez, R., Settembre-Blundo, D., Ferrari, A. M., & García-Muiña, F. E. (2020). Main dimensions in the building of the circular supply chain: A literature review. Sustainability, 12(6), 2459.

(4) Settembre-Blundo, D., García-Muiña, F.E., Pini, M., Volpi, L., Siligardi, C. and Ferrari, A.M. (2019). Sustainability as source of competitive advantages in mature sectors: The case of Ceramic District of Sassuolo (Italy). Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 8 (1), 53. 

Dr. Davide Settembre Blundo
Prof. Dr. Fernando Enrique García-Muiña
Prof. Dr. Mauro Francesco La Russa
Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Ferrari
Prof. Dr. Maria Pia Riccardi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Sustainable Manufacturing (SM)
  • Circular Economy (CE)
  • Circular Business Models (CBMs)
  • Eco-design, Industry 4.0
  • Circular Supply Chain (CSC)
  • Life Cycle Thinking (LCT)

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