Special Issue "Sustainable Management of Waste and Wastewater in Ports"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniela Spiga
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: waste management; biorefinery; biological hydrogen and methane production; bioelectrochemical systems; remediation of contaminated sites
Dr. Giorgia De Gioannis
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: waste management; biorefinery; biological hydrogen and methane production; bioelectrochemical systems; remediation of contaminated sites
Dr. Isabella Pecorini
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Guest Editor
Department of Energy, Systems, Territory and Constructions Engineering (DESTEC), University of Pisa, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: waste management; anaerobic digestion; biorefinery, landfill gas; biofiltration; remediation of contaminated sites; dredged marine sediment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of the Special Issue “Sustainable Management of Waste and Wastewater in Ports” is to improve the existing knowledge about the quality of port marine waters and the main factors influencing it, and to better investigate policies, strategies and sustainable practices to lower the environmental impact of port activities and maritime traffic. It is well known that port marine areas are highly sensitive sea areas due to their specific ecological situation and limited water exchange with the high sea. In addition, the large supply of nutrients, most commonly as nitrogen or phosphorus, often causes accumulation over time and leads to excessive algae growth and oxygen depletion, deteriorating the ecological status of the waters. Another main concern is that, currently, at European level for example, there is no national and cross-border action to have standard methods of managing the various types of waste and wastewater, both on board ships and in ports, nor a service that meets criteria of ease of access, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness.

In this framework, it appears mandatory to define a set of good practices for managers and users of port areas to deal with waste and wastewater following the principles of resource enhancement and circular economy. The focus of the Special Issue will be to provide indications on procedures and techniques for managing wastewater and waste, in order to avoid their improper management and improve the quality of marine waters. To this aim, the area covered by the Special Issue may include papers concerning the sustainable management of dredged marine sediments and the management of the dredging activity into ports, in relation to the effect on water quality.

The advances provided by the papers in relation to existing knowledge could help the development of a unitary cross-border system/model of sustainable, responsible, virtuous, and effective management of waste and wastewater in ports, assisting port users and port authorities sharing the same sea basin.

Dr. Daniela Spiga
Dr. Giorgia De Gioannis
Dr. Isabella Pecorini
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • port marine water
  • monitoring
  • action plan and model
  • hydrocarbons
  • dredged marine sediment
  • sustainability
  • circular economy

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Recovery Strategies of Contaminated Marine Sediments: A Life Cycle Assessment
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8520; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158520 - 30 Jul 2021
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This study performed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on recovery strategies of dredged contaminated marine sediments in a large Mediterranean port located in central Italy (Tuscany) in order to find the most environmentally sound solution. The study considered marine sediments polluted by potentially [...] Read more.
This study performed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on recovery strategies of dredged contaminated marine sediments in a large Mediterranean port located in central Italy (Tuscany) in order to find the most environmentally sound solution. The study considered marine sediments polluted by potentially toxic elements (PTEs) and/or organic compounds, two different sediment particle sizes and the combined use of three soil remediation technologies: soil washing, electrokinetic treatment and enhanced landfarming. The analyzed scenarios depended on the sediment properties and characteristics of the treatment technologies investigated, and were compared with the corresponding reference scenarios, consisting of the landfilling of dredged contaminated sediments. The LCA results show that scenarios associated with sediment recovery generated potential environmental impacts lower than the corresponding reference scenarios. Almost all the impact categories considered in the CML-IA baseline method showed an environmental convenience in the recovery of contaminated sediments, especially for abiotic depletion and global warming. Future studies should focus on optimizing the combined use of multiple technologies and reducing the resource consumptions related to their implementation in order to achieve both environmental and economic benefits. Full article
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