Special Issue "Sustainable Industrial Systems—from Theory to Practice"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Athanasios Angelis Dimakis
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Department of Chemical Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
Interests: industrial symbiosis; industrial ecology; life cycle assessment; eco-efficiency; circular economy
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Dear Colleagues,

A great challenge for today’s industrial sector is to meet all the targets set for reducing resource consumption and waste generation, while maintaining (or increasing) production output toward a viable economic development. In order to achieve that, industries should focus on implementing novel production methods, with an improved efficiency (in terms of energy, material, and water resource usage) which are at the same time environmentally benign and socially beneficial and acceptable. Moreover, industries should also aim to convert their production lines from linear to circular, by reusing resources, recycling waste streams and redesigning products, and adapting to the current paradigm shift of the circular economy.

Under that perspective, there is a lot of research published in various areas, including (a) industrial metabolism, (b) industrial symbiosis, (c) environmental impact assessment, (d) eco-efficiency assessment, (e) eco-design, (f) decoupling economic development and resource consumption, and (g) environmental policy.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to address issues of sustainability of industrial systems, from an economic, environmental and social perspective, focusing on real-life examples and applications. Manuscripts can address any step of the industrial value chain and lifecycle of products/services, from the development to the end of life stages. Researchers are encouraged to submit applied papers to explore the various aspects of sustainable industrial systems.

Dr. Athanasios Angelis Dimakis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable production and consumption
  • life cycle assessment
  • circular economy
  • eco-efficiency assessment
  • industrial systems
  • industrial symbiosis

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Techno-Economic Assessment of Polysaccharide Extraction from Baobab: A Scale Up Analysis
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9915; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13179915 - 03 Sep 2021
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This research studied the commercial exploitation of an indigenous African crop in order to formulate high value products, with a potential significant impact on the local economy. More specifically, the present work investigated the extraction of polysaccharides from baobab in a bench-scale unit, [...] Read more.
This research studied the commercial exploitation of an indigenous African crop in order to formulate high value products, with a potential significant impact on the local economy. More specifically, the present work investigated the extraction of polysaccharides from baobab in a bench-scale unit, focusing on the overall yield and the techno-economic assessment of the extraction process. Preliminary technoeconomic analysis for two scenarios (with and without ethanol recycling) was performed to determine the economic viability of the process and the development of the baobab market both in Nigeria and the UK. A full economic analysis was undertaken for each of the two scenarios, considering all operating and capital costs, and the production cost of baobab polysaccharides was estimated based on a constant return on investment. Combining the operating cost with the average polysaccharide yield, the minimum profitable selling price in the UK was estimated to be between £23 and £35 per 100 g of polysaccharide, which is comparable to the commercial selling price of high purity polysaccharides. An assessment of a scaled-up plant was also performed under Nigerian conditions and the results showed that such an investment is potentially viable and profitable, with a minimum profitable selling price of £27 per 100 g, a value comparable to the UK-based scenarios. Full article
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