Special Issue "Circular Economy and Artificial Intelligence"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hamid Khayyam
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Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3083, Australia
Interests: modelling; dynamic systems and control; optimisation of complex energy systems
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is necessary and must drive innovation through the circular economy and artificial intelligence. There is no other alternative for ensuring a sustainable future for human beings. In order to guide companies and academia toward the principles of the circular economy, this Special Issue aims to be a leading peer-reviewed platform and survey of the state-of-the-art in order to grow and promote a systematic approach to the circular economy as the only path to be competitive. However, to implement this goal, it is necessary to change the traditional approach to a new environmentally-friendly reduce, reuse, and recycle (RRR) economy enabled by artificial intelligence technologies. The Special Issue covers research on system and process analysis, modelling, prediction, and optimization to improve RRR. In addition, papers are welcome on other related topics, such as renewable energy, electricity supply and demand, bioenergy, robots, sensors, machine learning, data analytics, materials passports, life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, decarbonization, ESG (environmental, social, and governance factors), vehicles, energy storage, energy conservation, and energy in buildings (industrial and residential) within the context of broader automation control and energy efficiency.

Dr. Hamid Khayyam
Prof. Dr. Seeram Ramakrishna
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • sustainable energy
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • materials passports

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The Impact of 4IR Digital Technologies and Circular Thinking on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10143; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310143 - 04 Dec 2020
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As we stand at the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Blockchain, Robotics, 3D technologies, and many more have become the means and solutions to many of the world’s [...] Read more.
As we stand at the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Blockchain, Robotics, 3D technologies, and many more have become the means and solutions to many of the world’s problems. Most recently, these technologies have assisted in the global fight of the COVID-19 pandemic and other societal problems. Together with these innovative techniques, the concept of circular economy and its relevant tools such as life cycle costing, life cycle impact assessment, materials passports, and circularity measurements have been implemented in a number of sectors in different countries for the transition from a linear “take, make, and dispose” model towards a more circular model, which has shown positive results for the environment and economy. In this article, with the help of implementation, prototyping, and case studies, we explore how these technological advancements and innovative techniques are used in different sectors such as information and communications technology, the built environment, mining and manufacturing, education, healthcare, the public sectors, and others to provide an opportunity to understand and resolve the agreed upon framework in 2015 by 193 countries, that is, the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Full article
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Information and Communication Technology Solutions for the Circular Economy
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7272; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187272 - 04 Sep 2020
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The concept of circular economy (CE) is becoming progressively popular with academia, industry, and policymakers, as a potential path towards a more sustainable economic system. Information and communication technology (ICT) systems have influenced every aspect of modern life and the CE is no [...] Read more.
The concept of circular economy (CE) is becoming progressively popular with academia, industry, and policymakers, as a potential path towards a more sustainable economic system. Information and communication technology (ICT) systems have influenced every aspect of modern life and the CE is no exception. Cutting-edge technologies, such as big data, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, and blockchain, can play an integral role in the embracing of CE concepts and the rollout of CE programs by governments, organizations, and society as a whole. The current paper conducts an extensive academic literature review on prominent ICT solutions paving the way towards a CE. For the categorization of the solutions, a novel two-fold approach is introduced, focusing on both the technological aspect of the solutions (e.g., communications, computing, data analysis, etc.), and the main CE concept(s) employed (i.e., reduce, reuse, recycle and restore) that each solution is the most relevant to. The role of each solution in the transition to CE is highlighted. Results suggest that ICT solutions related to data collection and data analysis, and in particular to the internet of things, blockchain, digital platforms, artificial intelligence algorithms, and software tools, are amongst the most popular solutions proposed by academic researchers. Results also suggest that greater emphasis is placed on the “reduce” component of the CE, although ICT solutions for the other “R” components, as well as holistic ICT-based solutions, do exist as well. Specific important challenges impeding the adoption of ICT solutions for the CE are also identified and reviewed, with consumer and business attitude, economic costs, possible environmental impacts, lack of education around the CE, and lack of familiarization with modern technologies being found among the most prominent ones. Full article
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