Special Issue "Circular Economy: Innovative Approaches to Circularity Toward Green Transformation and Blue Growth"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Enrico Maria Mosconi
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Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship (DEIM), University of Tuscia, Via del Paradiso, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Prof. Dr. Marco Marconi
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Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization, Tuscia University, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: eco-design; life cycle assessment; design for additive manufacturing; sustainable manufacturing
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Prof. Dr. Donato Morea
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Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cagliari, Via Marengo, 2, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: renewable energy; investment analysis; project financing; public-private partnership; islamic finance; agricultural economics; circular economy; corporate social responsibility; productivity analysis; organizational models; digital innovation
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Dr. Mattia Mattia Pellegrini
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DG Environment at European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Interests: International Regulations; Environmental Models; Waste Management; Critical Raw Materials; Circular Economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Special Issue is to explore new circular economy findings and approaches for the achievement of the sustainability goals for the green transformation and the blue growth toward the collaborative-design paradigm, thus extending previous academic and managerial knowledge. We encourage submissions investigating the application of circular economy models in both theoretical and practical approaches to the industrial challenge.

The common ground of circularity has the potential to cross resource-intensive sectors: the field of renewable energy, agriculture, marine, maritime industries, and infrastructure. It also has the potential to trigger innovation paths for new sustainable products and strategic actions under the critical raw materials viewpoint. The intersectoral challenge in reaching the ambitious objective of the circular approach also mixes the digital integration in design with the application of circularity. We welcome articles that address consumer behavior, circular design approaches and waste management, environmental, social and economic assessment, green claims and certification, new hybrid managing models, and evaluation of the entrepreneurial risks in light of the achievement of sustainability goals. Preference will be shown for work that is novel, applicable, and that with a breadth of multidisciplinarity, captures best practices as well as systemic principles, and reflects the state of the art. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review with the goal of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications. 

Prof. Dr. Andrea Colantoni
Prof. Dr. Enrico Maria Mosconi
Prof. Marco Marconi
Prof. Dr. Donato Morea
Dr. Mattia Mattia Pellegrini
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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • eco-design
  • green transformation
  • blue growth
  • renewable energy
  • critical raw materials
  • resource-intensive sectors
  • digital innovation

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Circular Economy Impact Analysis on Stock Performances: An Empirical Comparison with the Euro Stoxx 50® ESG Index
Sustainability 2022, 14(2), 843; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14020843 - 12 Jan 2022
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Environmental issues have a considerable impact in all economic sectors, also influencing financial markets. As a result, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) awareness is rising in the financial sector. In this perspective, the concept of circular economy (CE) assumes central relevance. The aim [...] Read more.
Environmental issues have a considerable impact in all economic sectors, also influencing financial markets. As a result, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) awareness is rising in the financial sector. In this perspective, the concept of circular economy (CE) assumes central relevance. The aim of our study is to investigate the relationship between CE strategies and market performance; to this end, we use ESG scores as a proxy for CE. Our initial assumption is that since CE is a component of the “E” factor—in that it can generate positive and measurable environmental impacts—then it can be associated with the ESG score. Therefore, we can methodologically overcome the lack of a specific score related to CE. We use a preselection model based on historical performance by verifying the percentages of the presence of stocks in the two selected indices, namely ESG Euro Stoxx 50® and Euro Stoxx 50-ESG. Overall, we find that ESG profiles have a positive impact on stock performance, although ESG scores do not express higher performance per se. Furthermore, our analysis shows that, to date, there is no evidence that CE initiatives can influence stock returns. Full article
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Multi-Actor Governance for a Circular Economy in the Agri-Food Sector: Bio-Districts
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4718; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13094718 - 23 Apr 2021
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The transition of the European agri-food sector towards a sustainable production and consumption model is a key element of the Green Deal. The new European “Farm to Fork” strategy aims to make the food system fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly. The consolidation and [...] Read more.
The transition of the European agri-food sector towards a sustainable production and consumption model is a key element of the Green Deal. The new European “Farm to Fork” strategy aims to make the food system fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly. The consolidation and development of the organic model are two of the main objectives. In Italy, this development can be achieved through the Bio-District model. This model, which was born in the last ten years in Italy, is characterized by innovative multi-actor governance. From an explorative perspective, this study analyses the background literature on Bio-Districts and the context of the development of the Etruscan Roman Bio-District to understand the potential and the factors that allow the application of the principles of the Circular Economy. It focuses on multiple comparative analyses by using a qualitative–quantitative approach. The analysis of the context highlights the potential for expansion linked to an integrated short supply chain through three scenarios. Full article
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