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Special Issue "The Circular Economy as a Promoter of Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nelson Martins

Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago 3810-193, Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: energy efficiency; energy in buildings; energy storage; sustainable energy systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Naim Afgan

Full Professor (Emeritus), United Nations Educational Sustainability Chair holder, Institute Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Portugal
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Interests: sustainable development; circular economy; multi-criteria analysis
Guest Editor
Prof. Carlos Borrego

Full Professor (Emeritus), Department of Environment and Planning, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: air pollution control; climate change and global warming; computational techniques; sustainable development; circular economy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marta Ferreira Dias

Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP), and University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago 3810-193, Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: : energy policy and regulation; energy economics; energy markets; energy demand and supply; consumer behavior
Guest Editor
Prof. Maria Isabel Nunes

Department of Environment and Planning, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: solid waste management; waste valorization; water pollution and treatment; life cycle assessment; bio-diesel fuels
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlos Felgueiras

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology (CIETI), and School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: energy quality; energy and buildings; energy and environmental indicators; renewable energy systems; sustainable energy systems; engineering education
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nídia Caetano

School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), R. Dr. Roberto Frias S/N, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: biodiesel; bioethanol; biorefinery; energy storage systems; microalgae biorefineries; sustainable energy systems; waste valorization; wastewater treatment; waste-to-energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A circular economy encourages sustainability and competitiveness in the long term. The recognized scarcity of key natural resources and the growing volume of industrial and urban waste are the basis of the recognition that a circular economy approach is the pathway for sustainable development.

On 4th March 2019, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive report on the implementation of a Circular Economy Action Plan. The report presents the main achievements under the Action Plan and sketches out future challenges to shaping our economy and paving the way towards a climate-neutral, circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimized. 

This special issue of Sustainability, with the theme “The Circular Economy as a Promoter of Sustainability”, aims to publish research or review articles dealing with the topics related with (i) sustainable development strategies based on the circular economy concept, (ii) exploring the role and progress of production and consumption to waste management, including energy, (iii) market for secondary raw materials, (iv) closed loop product lifecycles, (v) recycling and re-use, and (vi) support consumers choosing sustainable products and services.

We welcome original contributions that can address any of these challenges.

Prof. Nelson Martins
Prof. Naim Afgan
Prof. Carlos Borrego
Prof. Marta Ferreira Dias
Prof. Maria Isabel Nunes
Prof. Carlos Felgueiras
Prof. Nídia Caetano
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 papers will be 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 1700 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

  • circular economy for sustainable economy
  • eco-design and eco-efficiency in a circular economy
  • circular economy contribution to resource efficiency and sufficiency, including energy
  • critical resources management
  • responsible consumption
  • strategy for plastics in a circular economy
  • public policies, economics, planning and regulation in a circular economy framework
  • life cycle assessment and circular economy
  • ICT and circular economy monitoring

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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