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Special Issue "Circular Economy for Sustainable Manufacturing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 5774

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ahm Shamsuzzoha
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Guest Editor
Industrial Systems Analytics, School of Technology and Innovations, Digital Economy Platform, University of Vaasa, 65101 Vaasa, Finland
Interests: sustainable logistics and supply chain management; project and portfolio management; enterprise collaborative networks; operations management; servitization
Mr. Kendall Rutledge
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Guest Editor
School of Technology and Innovations, Digital Economy Platform, University of Vaasa, 65101 Vaasa, Finland
Interests: climate observations; remote sensing and wind energy technology
Dr. Md. Munjur E. Moula
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Guest Editor
1. Faculty of Engineering, Aalto University, ‎02150 Espoo, Finland
2. Faculty of Business Administration, Northern University Bangladesh, 1205 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Interests: social acceptability; circular economy; renewable energy market; sustainability science; social research and field research
Dr. Sujan Piya
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Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, 123 Alkhoud, Oman
Interests: production planning and control; sustainable logistics and supply chain management; optimization of process parameters for manufacturing and healthcare operations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The awareness of environmental protection is growing with the rapid development of industrialization globally. Such awareness triggers the importance of implementing sustainable manufacturing practices and a circular economy. Sustainable manufacturing practices are now a prime concern to improve the global environment and overall ecosystem, which can be achieved through deploying the circular economy principle widely. In today’s volatile environment, manufacturing industries are adopting sustainable manufacturing practices and a circular economy concept in their daily operations to mitigate environmental degradation.

Sustainable practices in manufacturing industries can be achieved through applying the 3R (reduce, recycle and reuse) principle. Reduction and prevention of waste generation, and efficient use of energy and materials contribute towards sustainable manufacturing practices. Moreover, understanding of associated sustainability drivers with respect to economic, social, and environmental dimensions and acquiring knowledge on circular economy is imperative to promoting sustainability. In addition, international standards for sustainability and government rules and regulations also contribute to maintaining sustainability in general. Various models and frameworks are available to ensure sustainability and adopt a circular economy principle in manufacturing practices.

To accomplish sustainable manufacturing and a circular economy, there need to be substantial attempts to ascertain a dynamic balance between human, financial, and environmental concerns. The circular economy inspires waste reduction and focuses on optimization of the value chain. Green manufacturing, reverse logistics, and green supply chain are all integrated parts of sustainable manufacturing and circular economy practices. Adaptation of sustainable manufacturing practices will result in increased operational efficiency, strengthening the brand, reputation, and competitive advantage in industries by reducing costs and waste. 

Based on the above concerns, this Special Issue aims to publish high-quality research papers on the interdisciplinary field of sustainable manufacturing and circular-economy-related issues. The scope of this issue can be summarized below:

  • Sustainability in manufacturing enterprises;
  • Green manufacturing and sustainable supply chain management;
  • Circular issue in industries with respect to economic, social, and environmental aspects;
  • Models and frameworks to ensure sustainable manufacturing;
  • Economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable manufacturing;
  • Variables and standards to manage a sustainable ecosystem;
  • Public awareness and stakeholder involvement.

Dr. Ahm Shamsuzzoha
Mr. Kendall Rutledge
Dr. Md. Munjur E. Moula
Dr. Sujan Piya
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 2000 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.

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • environment
  • manufacturing
  • circular economy
  • green supply chain management
  • public engagement

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Empty Pallet Allocation Optimization in Shipbuilding Using a Pallet Pool System
Sustainability 2022, 14(9), 5479; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095479 - 03 May 2022
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Pallets are an important transportation tool in modern shipbuilding. With shipbuilding now trending towards larger ships, empty pallet allocation needs to meet the demands of having low costs and being sustainable for green shipbuilding. Thus, with the development of a pallet pool system, [...] Read more.
Pallets are an important transportation tool in modern shipbuilding. With shipbuilding now trending towards larger ships, empty pallet allocation needs to meet the demands of having low costs and being sustainable for green shipbuilding. Thus, with the development of a pallet pool system, a new shipbuilding empty pallet pool allocation (SEPPA) pattern is proposed in this study. An integrated framework is developed that combines a mathematical planning model for a SEPPA pattern with a green allocation strategy. For the base case, the operation costs of the traditional shipbuilding empty pallet allocation (TSEPA) pattern and the SEPPA pattern are solved by applying an improved genetic algorithm for different pallet supply and demand situations. The results show that the SEPPA pattern is more cost-efficient than the TSEPA pattern. With increasing imbalances between supply and demand, the operation costs of the SEPPA pattern are lower than that of the TSEPA pattern. In general, the distribution of supply and demand will affect operation costs. Reasonable safety inventory intervals can reduce the operation costs of empty pallet allocation. This research may support decision making by shipbuilding pallet managers as they seek to minimize the costs of their pallet operations, by adopting practices and adapting strategies for their specific conditions. Full article
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Implementation of Circular Economy Strategies within the Electronics Sector: Insights from Finnish Companies
Sustainability 2022, 14(6), 3268; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063268 - 10 Mar 2022
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There is an increasing call for products following circular economy principles. Despite growing pressure, understanding of the current situation and development vectors is largely missing. In this study, circular economy workshops were arranged for six industrial companies manufacturing electronics and operating in Finland [...] Read more.
There is an increasing call for products following circular economy principles. Despite growing pressure, understanding of the current situation and development vectors is largely missing. In this study, circular economy workshops were arranged for six industrial companies manufacturing electronics and operating in Finland to obtain an empirical understanding of the current state of circular economy implementation. During the workshops, each company assessed the state of the circular economy for a chosen product using a set of 51 circular economy strategies, i.e., the circularity deck. The results indicated that circular economy principles were implemented in only 25% of the cases. This is mostly related to the production of smaller, thinner, and lighter products. The results also indicate a large improvement potential of 36% for the participating companies. This is the share of cases that are planned for implementation. Those strategies mostly relate to the use of recycled inputs, the development of products made of a single material, and the design of products suitable for primary recycling. The least relevant or even irrelevant strategies were those related to the use of information technologies and artificial intelligence, despite electronic products being the enablers of such strategies for the other companies. Therefore, to further increase the circularity of electronic products and to meet the demands and interests of the manufacturing industry, research work on the technologies and services enabling the use of waste as raw materials should be emphasized to close the loops. Finally, the results imply the necessity for a more widespread assessment of circular economy strategies among companies, with consequent development of action plans for their implementation. Full article
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Integrated Fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS Method to Analyze Green Management Practice in Hospitality Industry in the Sultanate of Oman
Sustainability 2022, 14(3), 1118; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031118 - 19 Jan 2022
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Climate change is the most serious threat that the modern world has ever faced. This has led to increasing attention from the government, industries, researchers, and practitioners on the theme of green practice. Due to the heightened awareness of climate change, the hospitality [...] Read more.
Climate change is the most serious threat that the modern world has ever faced. This has led to increasing attention from the government, industries, researchers, and practitioners on the theme of green practice. Due to the heightened awareness of climate change, the hospitality industry is under pressure to implement green practices and reduce the environmental impact of their operation. The research aims at understanding the indicators that define green practice in the hospitality industry and then developing a model that can be used to measure the green score. The research identifies twenty-six indicators of green practice in the hotel industry. These indicators were clustered into six different criteria. Based on the identified indicators and criteria, an integrated fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS method is proposed to calculate the green score. The fuzzy AHP method is used to calculate the weight of the criteria and indicators, while the fuzzy TOPSIS method is used to calculate the green score and rank hotels. The fuzzy AHP result shows that the criterion “Recycling and Reuse” has the highest weight among the identified criteria, while “Green Training and Incentives” has the lowest weight. The application of the proposed method is demonstrated by using a case study of hotels situated in the Sultanate of Oman. The result shows that the 4-star and 5-star hotels in the Sultanate have green scores between 0.56 and 0.641 out of 1.0 at a 95% confidence interval. The results further show that having a high star ranking hotel does not necessarily mean that the hotel is better in terms of green practice. The developed model helps the hotel industry to understand the indicator and criteria, as identified in this research work, they need to improve in order to improve their overall green management practice. Full article
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Application of Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Process to Select Waste-to-Energy Technology in Developing Countries: The Case of Ghana
Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12863; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212863 - 20 Nov 2021
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Municipal solid waste (MSW) in the Accra region of Ghana has created the need for innovative ways to deal with waste management crises facing the city. The goal of this study is to use the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) to select an appropriate [...] Read more.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) in the Accra region of Ghana has created the need for innovative ways to deal with waste management crises facing the city. The goal of this study is to use the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) to select an appropriate waste-to-energy (WtE) technology for Accra. The AHP methodology is used to assess four WtE technologies, namely landfill biogas, incineration, anaerobic digestion, and aerobic composting. Three main criteria and nine sub-criteria are identified for pair-wise comparison and assessed by 10 experts. The results show that incineration is the most preferred technology, followed by anaerobic digestion and aerobic digestion, with landfilled gas being the least preferred technology. Stakeholders in waste management development in Ghana can utilize the findings of the study to develop implementation strategies for capacity and institutional capabilities for both thermochemical and biochemical processes in the country. Full article
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Influence of Circular Economy Phenomenon to Fulfil Global Sustainable Development Goal: Perspective from Bangladesh
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11455; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011455 - 16 Oct 2021
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This paper highlights the extent of the relationships between circular economy (CE) practices and the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the paper takes part in academic debates regarding CE and SDGs. It qualitatively investigates national governments’ policy response [...] Read more.
This paper highlights the extent of the relationships between circular economy (CE) practices and the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the paper takes part in academic debates regarding CE and SDGs. It qualitatively investigates national governments’ policy response and practices, with a focus on Bangladesh. The study finds varying degrees of momentum in the national policy response to SDGs and thus, it answers two research questions: (i) what is the relevance of CE practices to the United Nations (UN) SDGs? (ii) What are the responses from the Bangladeshi government to fulfil the UN SDGs regarding sustainable consumption and production with CE? As CE is a global trend, the research suggests that broad, conscientious connection and collaboration at the national level are essential. The findings implicate national governments in developing countries and UN SDGs for their policies and programme reassessment, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainable development. Full article
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