Special Issue "Responsible Resource Management in Micro and Macro Scale"

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sebastian Kot
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1. The Faculty of Management, Czestochowa University of Technology, 42-200 Czestochowa, Poland
2. Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, P.O. Box 1174, 1900 Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
Interests: sustainable development; supply chain; CSR
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Prof. Ing. Dr. Robert Stefko
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The Faculty of Management, University of Prešov in Prešov, Slovakia
Interests: industrial development; responsible resource usage; slow fashion; sustainable development; sustainable business

Special Issue Information

Industries which are related to natural resources for consumption range from extraction of minerals, metals as well as other forms of aggregates. These include the following industries: forestry, fishing, quarrying, oil and gas well as other mining industries. Such natural resources account for a quarter of the global GDP and play a significant role in the livelihood of more than half of the global population (World Bank, 2018).

Thus, the importance of these industries from an economic standpoint would clearly lead to a rich academic literature which includes a wide range of disciplines. However, recent times has seen the emergence of a specific strand based on the sustainability of such industries with a focus on corporate social responsibility as well as sustainable development. This is given the rise of stakeholders’ viewpoint in what is traditionally considered an industry which is dominated by multinationals focused on profit and wealth maximisation. Areas of interest for managing resources sustainably include: Sustainable resource management (see Bringezu & Bleischwitz, 2017); policies concerning environmental issues surrounding management of natural resources (see Sterner and Coria, 2013); production and productivity as well as the natural resources curse (see Badeeb, Clark and Lean, 2017); application of circular economy concepts in management of resources (see Winans, Kendall and Deng, 2017); smart solutions to managing environmental issues relating to extraction of resources (see Lomborg, 2010) as well as  challenges in managing wealth from resources which leads to poor economic performance (see Venables, 2016).

Therefore, the current special issue invites authors to submit papers from the following areas:

  • Circular economy and its influences on economic growth
  • Command and control regulations, enforcement of legislation and corruption
  • Development of social equity in communities as well as promotion of human rights, especially in emerging economies.
  • Environmental education and preservation of resources
  • Impact of CSR principles, standards and tools
  • Industry 4.0 and the responsible resource usage
  • Industrial development and environmental protection
  • Issues surrounding governance and sustainable resources management
  • Rent of resources to support sustainable economic development
  • Responsible management of resource wealth in ensuring inclusive growth

References

Badeeb, R. A., Lean, H. H., & Clark, J. (2017). The evolution of the natural resource curse thesis: A critical literature survey. Resources Policy, 51, 123-134.

Bringezu, S., & Bleischwitz, R. (2017). Sustainable resource management: global trends, visions and policies. Routledge.

Lomborg, B. (Ed.). (2010). Smart solutions to climate change: Comparing costs and benefits. Cambridge University Press.

Sterner, T., & Coria, J. (2013). Policy instruments for environmental and natural resource management. Routledge.

The World Bank (2018), Extractive Industries Overview, Washington, DC available at http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/extractiveindustries/overview (accessed 24 February 2020).

Venables, A. J. (2016). Using natural resources for development: why has it proven so difficult?, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 30(1), 161-84.

Winans, K., Kendall, A., & Deng, H. (2017). The history and current applications of the circular economy concept. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 68, 825-833.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kot
Prof. Ing. Dr. Robert Stefko
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Keywords

  • resource management
  • circular economy
  • industrial development
  • sustainability

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Formulation of Development Strategies for Regional Agricultural Resource Potential: The Ukrainian Case
Resources 2021, 10(6), 57; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10060057 - 01 Jun 2021
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The agricultural sector is one of the leading ones in the economy of many countries, as it creates the basis for their economic growth. Every region in every country has its own unique sphere of social reproduction due to different resource potential, i.e., [...] Read more.
The agricultural sector is one of the leading ones in the economy of many countries, as it creates the basis for their economic growth. Every region in every country has its own unique sphere of social reproduction due to different resource potential, i.e., fertile soils, favourable climatic conditions, etc. Under such conditions, it is irrelevant to choose a single development path for this sector. Given these facts, the study formulates development strategies for regional agricultural development of the country. In particular, we grouped regions into clusters according to the level of development of crop production and stockbreeding potential, as well as investment attractiveness. The method of cluster analysis was used to group regions by the level of capacity development, whilst the matrix method was used to formulate a matrix for choice of the strategy to improve the agricultural potential of regions. On the basis of the conducted analysis, the 3D matrix for the choice of investment strategy of the regional agricultural development of the country depending on the level of development of crop production and stockbreeding potential and investment attractiveness was constructed. Full article
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Municipal Urban Waste Management—Challenges for Polish Cities in an Era of Circular Resource Management
Resources 2021, 10(6), 55; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10060055 - 21 May 2021
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Municipal authorities increasingly view environmental protection as one of the goals of city management. The pro-environmental orientation of cities can, therefore, foster the creation of new management methods and instruments and promote reorganization of determining material flows in a municipal system. Activities of [...] Read more.
Municipal authorities increasingly view environmental protection as one of the goals of city management. The pro-environmental orientation of cities can, therefore, foster the creation of new management methods and instruments and promote reorganization of determining material flows in a municipal system. Activities of this kind should result not only in the reduction of generated waste but also in the creation of closed material cycles. Considering the tasks of Polish local governments, municipalities should pay the most attention to municipal waste. Accordingly, the goal of this study was to identify the problem of mixed municipal waste in cities and assess the influence of investments into fixed assets for environmental protection in the scope of waste management on the quantity of mixed municipal waste in cities. This article also identifies activities for circular resource management that need to be realized by Polish municipalities. The analysis was performed using the panel model, dynamic indexes, and critical analysis of city documents. The conducted research revealed positive trends in cities with respect to the amount of waste collected non-selectively that is conducive to circular resource management. The fact that municipal waste quantity is on the increase should encourage urban authorities to promote pro-environmental waste management behaviors among city dwellers. Full article
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Towards Circular Economy—A Comparative Analysis of the Countries of the European Union
Resources 2021, 10(5), 49; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10050049 - 13 May 2021
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There are many studies which implement and assess existing measurement manners and document the progress of entities towards the circular economy (CE) at various levels, or present or propose new possibilities of measurement. The majority of them refer to the micro level. The [...] Read more.
There are many studies which implement and assess existing measurement manners and document the progress of entities towards the circular economy (CE) at various levels, or present or propose new possibilities of measurement. The majority of them refer to the micro level. The aim of this paper is to conduct a multidimensional comparative analysis of the implementation of circular economy by EU countries. After an in-depth critical analysis of the literature, CE indicators which were proposed by the European Commission were adopted as a basis. Owing to the research population-Member States of the European Union (EU-28), focusing on the said indicators was declared reasonable in all aspects. The classification of EU countries according to the level of their advancement in the concept of CE was adopted as a main research task. In order to do so, a relevant index of development of circular economy was created (IDCE). This will allow us, inter alia, to trace changes in the spatial differentiation of advancement of the EU countries in implementing CE over the years, to identify CE implementation leaders as well as countries particularly delayed in this regard. The comparative analysis was conducted by means of statistical methods. On the basis of the analyses, it was concluded that among all EU countries, those of the old EU are the most advanced in terms of CE. The analysis confirmed significant rising trends for IDCE only in the case of Belgium and The Netherlands. Full article
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Responsible Resource Management in Remanufacturing—Framework for Qualitative Assessment in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Resources 2021, 10(2), 19; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10020019 - 23 Feb 2021
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Through the remanufacturing process, obsolete, broken, and end-of-use products are brought to “a like new condition”. Remanufacturing is an example of implementation of circular economy at a company level. There are few studies on responsible resource management in a remanufacturing process. This paper [...] Read more.
Through the remanufacturing process, obsolete, broken, and end-of-use products are brought to “a like new condition”. Remanufacturing is an example of implementation of circular economy at a company level. There are few studies on responsible resource management in a remanufacturing process. This paper contributes to this research gap by presenting a two-layered framework, which uses the maturity model theory, and it allows for a quick scan of a remanufacturing process. First, in the descriptive layer of the framework we define five maturity levels with regard to responsible resource management. We analyze water, emissions, energy, and materials, and describe relevant responsible resource management practices, which we link with maturity levels. We also design the relevant self-assessment tool which utilizes the existing expert’s knowledge of a company. Then, in the prescriptive layer of the framework, we propose a method for the identification of the maturity gap, and areas for improvement. We develop a procedure for prioritizing the measures, which shall be implemented in order to achieve a higher level of responsible resource management in a remanufacturing company. The framework is tested in small and medium-sized enterprises from the automotive industry. Full article
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Carrots or Sticks: Which Policies Matter the Most in Sustainable Resource Management?
Resources 2021, 10(2), 12; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10020012 - 03 Feb 2021
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Green growth has resulted from resource management, setting the speed for sustainable development. Eco-innovations are essential for the improvement of a firm’s performance with societal gains, demanding special attention from policy makers. This paper deals with the effect of policy actions on the [...] Read more.
Green growth has resulted from resource management, setting the speed for sustainable development. Eco-innovations are essential for the improvement of a firm’s performance with societal gains, demanding special attention from policy makers. This paper deals with the effect of policy actions on the enhancement of eco-innovation adoption. The Community Innovation Survey (CIS) 2012–2014 is used to estimate the impact of ‘carrots’ and ‘sticks’ on innovations with ecological benefits. In addition, the impact of a firm’s structural characteristics in ecological strategies is investigated. Regulations and taxes enhance eco-innovation, but grants are only relevant in the case of eco-innovations with external benefits. The firm dimension and non-technological innovation also increase the eco-innovation propensity. Embedding policy actions with environmental concerns will enhance social responsibility and promote resource preservation, providing waste as an economic value. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, it aims to appraise the effectiveness of the different policy instruments applied in the adoption of innovation with ecological benefits with both internal and external benefits. Secondly, it aims to identify which firm characteristics determine these managerial strategies. Hopefully, light will be cast on the topic so that public and private decision-makers will be given recommendations for policy package design working towards smart and green growth. Full article
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Influence of the COVID-19 Crisis on Steel Production in Poland Compared to the Financial Crisis of 2009 and to Boom Periods in the Market
Resources 2021, 10(1), 4; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10010004 - 08 Jan 2021
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This paper presents an analysis of the volume of steel production in Poland during the COVID-19 crisis in the first half of 2020 in comparison to the volume of steel production during the financial crisis initiated in the US during the period 2007–2008, [...] Read more.
This paper presents an analysis of the volume of steel production in Poland during the COVID-19 crisis in the first half of 2020 in comparison to the volume of steel production during the financial crisis initiated in the US during the period 2007–2008, whose effects, in the form of a large decrease in steel production, were seen in 2009 in Poland. A comparison is also made to periods of prosperity in 2004, 2007, and 2017 (when there was a good economic situation in the steel market in Poland). The selection of the time period—the first half of 2020—was based on the emergence of a new situation in the economy, which was lockdown. The aim of the analysis is to determine the impact of the COVID-19 situation on the steel market (volume of steel production) in Poland. The analysis performed could help entrepreneurs manage their companies during the COVID-19 crisis. This paper belongs to the category of research work. The statistical analysis was realized regarding steel production in Poland. Three periods were analyzed: The first half of 2020—the period termed the COVID-19 crisis; the year 2019—the year of a large decrease in steel production in Poland caused by the world financial crisis; and periods of prosperity in the steel market—the years 2004, 2007, and 2017 (periods before crises). The analysis shows that, in order to assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the functioning of enterprises or industries, it is necessary to analyze the situation and compare it with other situations in the past. Moreover, crisis management in the COVID-19 situation must be highly rationalized and real, and the various industrial sectors and companies forming them should adapt this process to their own situation. Results: On the basis of the statistical data, it was found that, in the short term (months), the production of steel during the COVID-19 crisis was a little higher than in the financial crisis of 2009 (excluding steel production in June 2020), and lower than during the boom in the steel market (the comparison to the periods when there was a boom in the Polish steel market was made to show the dynamics of decline). Full article
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Implementation of a Circular Economy in Ukraine: The Context of European Integration
Resources 2020, 9(8), 96; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources9080096 - 15 Aug 2020
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The current model of resource management mainly contributes to mass short-term consumption, which creates an unstable and extremely critical situation on the planet. Going beyond the traditional industrial model of Take-Make-Waste, the circular economy aims to reduce waste (and therefore minimize costs) and [...] Read more.
The current model of resource management mainly contributes to mass short-term consumption, which creates an unstable and extremely critical situation on the planet. Going beyond the traditional industrial model of Take-Make-Waste, the circular economy aims to reduce waste (and therefore minimize costs) and to redefine sustainable development. This entails a gradual separation of economic activity from the consumption of scarce resources and the removal of waste from the system. In order to foreground the principles of a circular economy in Ukraine, this study analyzes its benefits based on the relevant experience of the EU. The paper also presents the results of research and content analysis on the situation of waste management in Ukraine and compares the trends using key indicators. The core of the paper is developing a conceptual model of making and coordinating management decisions on the implementation of business projects in the context of a circular economy in Ukraine. A multifactor model (the Farrar–Glauber method was further developed) has been built by identification of the main factors, i.e., the volume of generated waste from economic activity per unit of GDP at constant prices, emissions of pollutants, and capital investments for the protection of the environment. Factor coefficients indicate how many units will change the resultant trait Y, measured in thousand tonnes, if one of them changes by 1 (each in units of measure). It means that if the volume of waste generated from economic activity per unit of GDP at constant 2011 purchasing power parity (PPP) prices decreases by 1 kg/$1000, waste management of I–IV classes will be reduced by 952,737 thousand tonnes. The approbated model can be used to analyze the situation with recycling in the EU countries, considering the amount of capital investment in environmental protection. Full article
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Assessing Resources Management for Sharing Economy in Urban Logistics
Resources 2020, 9(9), 113; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources9090113 - 15 Sep 2020
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Sharing economy requires cities to redefine their management strategies. As a consequence of the development of new ideas, the main aim of modern cities should focus on achieving the sustainable use of resources. In the existing literature, only a partial analysis of resources [...] Read more.
Sharing economy requires cities to redefine their management strategies. As a consequence of the development of new ideas, the main aim of modern cities should focus on achieving the sustainable use of resources. In the existing literature, only a partial analysis of resources management in cities can be found. For this reason, the authors decided to prepare the framework for empirical research about resources management in sharing economy in cities, especially in the urban logistics system. The main aim of the study is systematizing criteria related to the assessment of the management of urban resources in the era of sharing economy. To achieve the goal of the research, a systematic literature review was made according to chosen approaches and procedures. This resulted in creating a set of criteria for the analysis and evaluation of resources management in urban areas. It contains five areas with 26 criteria and a map of assumed correlations between them. Those outcomes can be used by local authorities or even other urban logistics stakeholders to define or improve their actions aimed at developing a sharing economy services portfolio on the local market. Additionally, they constitute a set of initial information for further scientific research. Full article
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