Special Issue "Sustainability and Standardization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: standardization, regulation, economics of innovation, innovation policy, sustainability
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The purpose of this Special Issue is to shed light on the potential contributions of standardization to sustainability issues.
Since the publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) many international and national organizations have published strategies for achieving sustainability, some of which have already been implemented. Meanwhile, also the international standardization bodies, ISO (International Organization for Standardization), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) have published strategy papers or even videos on their efforts to meet the SDGs. For example, for each goal ISO has identified the standards that make the most significant contribution. IEC is working on 12 of the 17 SDGs. Moreover, according to ITU information and communication technologies (ICTs) are the main enablers that will accelerate the achievement of all SDGs. However, the academic and scientific debate on the contribution of standardization to sustainability is still in its infancy. So far, it focuses particularly on the role of standardization for life cycle assessment and in supply chains. New developments, like digitalization and artificial intelligence, require both standards, but might also have a strong impact on sustainability. However, the scientific community has not yet addressed these complex interactions in-depth. For a more critical assessment of the strategies of the international standardization bodies, but also to provide a sound scientific base to derive recommendations for their improvement, research and evidence-based insights are needed. Here, big data and new data sources provided by the Internet and social media networks, like those investigated within the European Horizon 2020 project EURITO, might help to provide the data base to investigate the new challenging questions about the relationship between sustainability and standardization.
Therefore, we invite original contributions that offer theoretical insights, deploy empirical data analysis (qualitative or quantitative), discuss case studies or use other suitable methods to shed light on the problem. The scope of the Special Issue includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:
- standardization of sustainability dimensions;
- contribution of standardization to SDGs;
- standards and SDGs;
- interrelation between standards and public policies to achieve SDGs;
- standardization in the interaction between digitalization, incl. artificial intelligence, and sustainability;
- the role of big data and new data sources, like social media, for research on standardization and sustainability.
This Special Issue of Sustainability has been promoted by the Annual Conference of EURAS, the European Academy for Standardisation Research, which will take place in June 2019 in Rome. Authors of particularly good and relevant papers that have been presented at the annual EURAS conference June will be invited to submit their papers for this special issue. For more information about the EURAS conference see http://www.euras.org/web1/downloads/summary/14-euras-2019-conference/34-preliminary-call-for-papers
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Liska, Adam J.; Cassman, Kenneth G.: Towards Standardization of Life-Cycle Metrics for Biofuels: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation and Net Energy Yield. In: JOURNAL OF BIOBASED MATERIALS AND BIOENERGY Volume: 2 Issue: 3 Pages: 187-203 Published: SEP 2008
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Reinecke, Juliane; Manning, Stephan; von Hagen, Oliver: The Emergence of a Standards Market: Multiplicity of Sustainability Standards in the Global Coffee Industry. In: ORGANIZATION STUDIES Volume: 33 Issue: 5-6 Special Issue: SI Pages: 791-814 Published: MAY-JUN 2012
Tabone, Michaelangelo D.; Cregg, James J.; Beckman, Eric J.; et al.: Sustainability Metrics: Life Cycle Assessment and Green Design in Polymers. In: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Volume: 44 Issue: 21 Pages: 8264-8269 Published: NOV 1 2010
Vigneau, Laurence; Humphreys, Michael; Moon, Jeremy: How Do Firms Comply with International Sustainability Standards? Processes and Consequences of Adopting the Global Reporting Initiative. In: JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS Volume: 131 Issue: 2 Pages: 469-486 Published: OCT 2015
Prof. Dr. Knut Blind
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- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Public Policies
- Big Data Approaches