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Special Issue "Technologies and Strategies of the Development of the Low Carbon Economy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020) | Viewed by 8768

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Prof. Dr. Garyfallos Arabatzis
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Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Pantazidou 193, 68200 Orestiada, Greece
Interests: investments and projects appraisal; valuation of natural resources; land use planning; energy economics and development; special and alternative forms tourism; green finance and development; forest; rural and regional development; socio-economic evaluation of res; operational research and natural resources
Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos
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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electric Power Division, Photometry Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Heroon Polytechniou Street, 15780 Athens, Greece
Interests: environment, renewable energy; economic development; environmental impact analysis; climate change; atmospheric pollution; water pollution regulations; environmental management standards; technology transfer; sustainability; higher education policy
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Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, the development of low-carbon technologies has been proven to be a globally contentious issue, as it involves variable stakeholders of competitive interests. Such competitive interests are socio-economic inequalities, unforeseen geopolitical transitions, emerging innovative technologies, complex socio-political transitions of nations to achieve energy autonomy, competitive land use for energy production against agricultural production, uncertain post-human technologies involved in the transition from fossil-fuel dependence towards low-carbon systems. Currently, there are globally unexplored and diverse case studies that are strategically fostering the circular economy of co-production and pursuing profitability under green entrepreneurship and low carbon emissions. In response to such multifaceted traditional and novel approaches of the development of the low carbon economy, this Special Issue aims to attract inter- or trans-disciplinary works of scientific interest to deepen our understanding of these unexplored fields. Therefore, radical, rational, econometric, thematic, technological, and forecasting research activities are especially welcome about the concurring of low-carbon systems and its dynamics on technological innovativeness and business strategies. Besides this, research works on the active involvement of low-carbon systems that impact regional and national contexts of economy, society, environmental communication, education, public and private policies are also welcome. There are no geographical or developmental constraints on the research that will be considered, since we are warmly open to receiving and publishing a pluralistic spectrum of research works around the world in all developing and developed economies. Each region and each socio-cultural community has its own attractive and unique characteristics and it will be our scientific pleasure to gather and represent such a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary dynamics and geographical research backgrounds. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure, enabling an integrated manner of dissemination of research advancements.

Prof. Garyfallos Arabatzis
Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos
Guest Editors

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Energy Saving: Views and Attitudes among Primary School Students and Their Parents
Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 6206; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156206 - 01 Aug 2020
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The ongoing economic development and prosperity have led not only to the exhaustion of the planet’s natural resources but also to numerous environmental problems. To address these problems, it is necessary that more individuals adopt energy saving practices while promoting alternative energy sources. [...] Read more.
The ongoing economic development and prosperity have led not only to the exhaustion of the planet’s natural resources but also to numerous environmental problems. To address these problems, it is necessary that more individuals adopt energy saving practices while promoting alternative energy sources. In other words, future generations ought to adopt behaviors that will involve the sustainable management of energy. To that end, sustainable education can create citizens who not only have knowledge and awareness about the environment and the severe environmental issues but are also willing to take action to address these issues. Hence, the aim of the present study is to investigate the environmental attitudes and behaviors among primary school students and their parents in the municipality of Orestiada, in Greece. To achieve this objective, a structured questionnaire with closed-ended questions was used. Results showed that both students and parents had adequate levels of environmental awareness while their beliefs were translated into actual behaviors as they had adopted, to a significant extent, energy saving habits and practices. Full article
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Sustainable Development and Its Dependence on Local Community Behavior
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3448; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083448 - 23 Apr 2020
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The purpose of this article is to simplify and facilitate the bottom-up sustainable development of a local society where the dominant element is the residents’ vision. Thus, the primary questions that we investigate here refer to the fundamental components and the derived difficulties [...] Read more.
The purpose of this article is to simplify and facilitate the bottom-up sustainable development of a local society where the dominant element is the residents’ vision. Thus, the primary questions that we investigate here refer to the fundamental components and the derived difficulties that influence the behavior change attitudes. Following a literature review and discourse analysis, the components participating in the intervention system emerge by issuing suitable surveys, which are quantified by using conventional statistical methodology. The estimated desire for change was continuously monitored to dynamically exclude the cognitive bias in the nine-step change process. Coming from the business management area, a structural formulation analysis simplified and remodeled the equation of change used and revealed the factors to interpret the outputs. A pilot case study is presented followed by an extensive discussion of the results. The proposed methodology provides a powerful cognitive tool and may be further utilized and developed. In a local community, a strict distinction should be made between the trend to envision a change and the implementation of a real one. The results foster the discussion of a novel governance paradigm transition towards a transversal approach. Full article
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Intelligent Predictive Analytics for Sustainable Business Investment in Renewable Energy Sources
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2817; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072817 - 02 Apr 2020
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Willingness to invest in renewable energy sources (RES) is predictable under data mining classification methods. Data was collected from the area of Evia in Greece via a questionnaire survey by using a sample of 360 respondents. The questions focused on the respondents’ perceptions [...] Read more.
Willingness to invest in renewable energy sources (RES) is predictable under data mining classification methods. Data was collected from the area of Evia in Greece via a questionnaire survey by using a sample of 360 respondents. The questions focused on the respondents’ perceptions and offered benefits for wind energy, solar photovoltaics (PVs), small hydro parks and biomass investments. The classification algorithms of Bayesian Network classifier, Logistic Regression, Support Vector Machine (SVM), C4.5, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN) and Long Short Term Memory (LSTM) were used. The Bayesian Network classifier was the best method, with a prediction accuracy of 0.7942. The most important variables for the prediction of willingness to invest were the level of information, the level of acceptance and the contribution to sustainable development. Future studies should include data on state incentives and their impact on willingness to invest. Full article
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Development of a Holistic Assessment Framework for Industrial Organizations
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3946; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143946 - 19 Jul 2019
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The evaluation and selection among the best production practices beyond the conventional linear models is, nowadays, concerned with those holistic approaches drawn toward environmental assessment in industry. Therefore, researchers need to develop an analysis that can evaluate the performance of industrial organization in [...] Read more.
The evaluation and selection among the best production practices beyond the conventional linear models is, nowadays, concerned with those holistic approaches drawn toward environmental assessment in industry. Therefore, researchers need to develop an analysis that can evaluate the performance of industrial organization in the light of their environmental viewpoint. This study implemented a pilot co-integrated scheme based on an innovative in-house Holistic Assessment Performance Index for Environment (HAPI-E) industry tool while assimilating the principles of circular economy through the Eco-innovation Development and Implementation Tool (EDIT). For the latter, nine qualitative indicators were motivated and enriched the weighting criteria of the questionnaire. The decomposition of the complexity and preferences mapping was accompanied by a multi-criteria holistic hierarchical analysis methodology in order to synthesize a single index upon a need-driven scoring. This multi-criteria decision approach in industry can quantify the material and process flows, thus enhancing the existing knowledge of manipulating internal resources. The key-criteria were based on administrative, energy, water, emissions, and waste strategies. Subsequently, the HAPI-E industry tool was modeled on the food industry, being particularly focused on pasta-based industrial production. Then, the parameters of this tool were modeled, measured, and evaluated in terms of the environmental impact awareness. The magnitude of necessary improvements was unveiled, while future research orientations were discussed. The HAPI-E industry tool can be utilized as a precautionary methodology on sustainable assessment while incorporating multifaceted and quantification advantages. Full article
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Evaluating Circular Economy under a Multi-Parametric Approach: A Technological Review
Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 6139; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216139 - 04 Nov 2019
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A circular economy (CE) is conceptualized under different rounds of materials and energy cycling flows and is a matter of a three-level deployment: inter-enterprise circulation, regional circulation, and social circulation. Regarding them, the aim of this research was to get an update on [...] Read more.
A circular economy (CE) is conceptualized under different rounds of materials and energy cycling flows and is a matter of a three-level deployment: inter-enterprise circulation, regional circulation, and social circulation. Regarding them, the aim of this research was to get an update on the current technological advances and the perspectives of its implementation. Thus, a multi-parametric approach has been conducted to analyze the functionality of technologies in wastewater treatment, organic waste management, agrarian development, and food waste in the context of CE. Beside the narrative of the technological view, a critical approach assimilates the environmental, marketing, economic, governmental, and procedural viewpoints and leads to key indicators which are subject to positive and negative externalities. Due to this co-existence, we denoted the complexity of CE principle implementation and the need for specific envisage in each case, while proposing strategies are formulated in the light of social-environmental impact. Finally, further research gaps were proposed for deeper consideration. Full article
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