Special Issue "Circular Economy, Ethical Funds, and Engineering Projects"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: technical–economic project evaluation; environmental and energy economics; public health economics; environmental and energy behavior; big data; online behavior; environmental performance of firms; quantitative methods
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Interests: corporate environmental management; corporate sustainability; corporate social responsibility; business circular economy models; environmental economics
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Interests: solid materials and waste recycling; air pollution; environmental impact assessment; environmental management and sustainability; life cycle assessment
While engineering projects are designed to meet human needs, they bear, apart from benefits to society or humans, environmental impacts and resource limitations. Technology progress, resources, quality, impacts and awareness are interrelated variables in the design, construction, operation, and end-of-life management of such projects.
There are many agents involved in critical roles in engineering projects, such as governments, financial institutions, construction industries, local authorities, and communities. For this purpose, policy makers and entrepreneurs need to make the most suitable decisions to meet the needs of local societies and individuals under sustainability principles, having, above all else, safeguarded the prosperity of generations to come. In particular, each agent should integrate sustainability principles in every stage of the management and design of engineering projects. For example, local authorities have to be open minded of engineering projects with better social and corporate performance, while construction industries should take into account Circular Economy principles to minimize environmental impacts, while sustainably utilizing natural resources. Similarly, local entrepreneurs and consumers should contribute to sustainable engineering by developing green entrepreneurship and green consumerism. Financial institutions should also play a critical intermediary role in engineering by incorporating sustainable criteria in lending procedures, such as Equator principles.
To build an engineering program, there are several classical methodologies and tools that can be employed. Information technology has facilitated the evaluation process by improving classical project evaluation approaches and assisting with the development of new technology-based ones.
This special issue aims at providing ground for modern theories and applications in the evaluation of different alternatives for engineering projects, entrepreneurship models, and investor decisions.
This special issue welcomes both theoretical and applied submissions, coming from cross-discipline applications of engineering, economics, production engineering and management in different sectors, including, but not limited to energy, industry, infrastructure, waste and water. The special issue will be of reference on how we are moving from the classical linear to the circular economy model for engineering projects.
Prof. Konstantinos P. Tsagarakis
Assist. Prof. Ioannis Nikolaou
Dr. Foteini Konstantakopoulou
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Corporate social responsibility and construction industry
- Cost benefit analysis and economic valuation
- Eco-design of green projects
- Energy and eco-labels of green projects
- Environmental impact assessment of engineering projects
- Environmental performance
- Ethical investors and Equator principles
- Green chemistry
- Green economy and circular economy
- Green entrepreneurship models
- Resources vs. waste
- Stakeholders awareness
- Sustainable life cycle analysis of engineering projects