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Special Issue "Sustainable Bioeconomy and Biotechnology in Waste Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 94

Special Issue Editors

Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences, 31-261 Krakow, Poland
Interests: sustainable waste management; bioeconomy; geochemistry; land restoration
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Department of Environmental Science, University of Latvia, LV-1004 Riga, Latvia
Interests: trace and major elements; possible contaminants in food and soil; bioavailability of elements; quantitative detection of elements; circular economy; waste valorization; secondary raw material; material cycling; bioeconomy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The life cycle of products and materials often results with these items ending up in landfills, which not long ago were uncontrolled dumps. The problem has grown significantly due to the Industrial Revolution, and only recently have paradigm changes led to environmental preservation and circular economy ideas.

A vast amount of resources have been disposed of in landfills worldwide that could still serve as a strategic reserve of raw material within the circular economy. These resources become available for society if extracted in symbiosis with relevant remediation principles, in order to avoid the pollution of the environment. Abandoned and new landfill sites emit greenhouse gases (GHG) and have a significant adverse effect on global climate change. The methane emissions from the waste sector represent 18% of the global whole, predominantly from landfills. Emissions of landfill gas, which mainly consist of CH4 and CO2, need to be reduced by the collection of methane; however, as the dump ages, methane is still released into the atmosphere and collection becomes difficult and unfeasible. It could be avoided by using biological methane degradation technology in engineered biocovers. Other biological technologies for choosing the best available options for each individual case of waste collection, sorting, recycling, and waste-to-energy are important. Solutions should be involving the triple helix approach, where NGOs, municipalities, and industry work together to attain sustainable solutions.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Bioeconomy;
  • Biotechnology;
  • Waste management;
  • Sustainable materials;
  • Landfills engineering;
  • Environmental engineering.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Juris Burlakovs
Dr. Zane Vincēviča-Gaile
Guest Editors

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  • circular economy
  • future landfills
  • sustainable ecodesign
  • revitalization of dumps
  • bioenergy
  • gas collection systems
  • waste engineering

Published Papers

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