Circular Economy and Sustainability

Circular Economy and Sustainability

Volume 1: Management and Policy

1st Edition - September 14, 2021

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  • Editors: Alexandros Stefanakis, Ioannis Nikolaou
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128198179
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128203965

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The concept of circular economy is based on strategies, practices, policies, and technologies to achieve principles related to reusing, recycling, redesigning, repurposing, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recovering water, waste materials, and nutrients to preserve natural resources. It provides the necessary conditions to encourage economic and social actors to adopt strategies toward sustainability. However, the increasing complexity of sustainability aspects means that traditional engineering and management/economics alone cannot face the new challenges and reach the appropriate solutions. Thus, this book highlights the role of engineering and management in building a sustainable society by developing a circular economy that establishes and protects strong social and cultural structures based on cross-disciplinary knowledge and diverse skills. It includes theoretical justification, research studies, and case studies to provide researchers, practitioners, professionals, and policymakers the appropriate context to work together in promoting sustainability and circular economy thinking. Volume 1, Circular Economy and Sustainability: Management and Policy, discusses the content of circular economy principles and how they can be realized in the fields of economy, management, and policy. It gives an outline of the current status and perception of circular economy at the micro-, meso-, and macro-levels to provide a better understanding of its role in achieving sustainability. Volume 2, Circular Economy and Sustainability: Environmental Engineering, presents various technological and developmental tools that emphasize the implementation of these principles in practice (micro-level). It demonstrates the necessity to establish a fundamental connection between sustainable engineering and circular economy.

Key Features

  • Presents a novel approach, linking circular economy concepts to environmental engineering and management to promote sustainability goals in modern societies
  • Approaches the topic on production and consumption at both the micro and macro levels, integrating principles with practice
  • Offers a range of theoretical and foundational knowledge in addition to case studies that demonstrate the potential impact of circular economy principles on both economic and societal progress


Professionals, researchers, and graduate students working on sustainability in practice and in industry; also, environmental scientists, economists, and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. A review of circular economy literature through a threefold level framework and engineering-management approach

    Ioannis E. Nikolaou and Alexandros I. Stefanakis

    2. Steering the circular economy: A new role for Adam Smith's invisible hand

    Keith R. Skene

    3. A systems thinking perspective for the circular economy

    Seigo Robinson

    4. Conceptualizing the circular bioeconomy

    Warren E. Mabee

    5. Circular economy and financial performances of European SMEs

    Cristina Mocanu, Eva Militaru, Ana Maria Zamfir, and Monica Mihaela Maer-Matei

    6. History and evolution of the circular economy and circular economy business models

    Alisha Tuladhar, Konstantinos Iatridis, and Dimo Dimov

    7. A triple-level framework to evaluate the level of involvement of firms in the circular economy (CE)

    G. Lanaras-Mamounis, A. Kipritsis, Thomas A. Tsalis, Konstantinos Ι. Vatalis, and Ioannis E. Nikola

    8. Exploring resource-service systems—Beyond product-service systems and toward configurations of circular strategies, business models, and actors

    Fenna Blomsma, Mike Tennant, and Geraldine Brennan

    9. Complementing circular economy with life cycle assessment: Deeper understanding of economic, social, and environmental sustainability

    Mehzabeen Mannan and Sami G. Al-Ghamdi

    10. Life cycle costing as a way to include economic sustainability in the circular economy. New perspectives from resource-intensive industries

    M. Sonia Medina-Salgado, Anna Maria Ferrari, Davide Settembre-Blundo, Marco Cucchi, and Fernando E. García-Muiña

    11. Circular economy during project life cycle

    Ibtisam Sulaiman Alhosni, Omar Amoudi, and Nicola Callaghan

    12. The role of ecodesign in the circular economy

    Karine Van Doorsselaer

    13. Sustainable finance and circular economy

    Anastasios Sepetis

    14. How to advance sustainable and circular economy-oriented public procurement—A review of the operational environment and a case study from the Kymenlaakso region in Finland

    R. Husgafvel, L. Linkosalmi, D. Sakaguchi, and M. Hughes

    15. A framework to integrate circular economy principles into public procurement

    Ioannis E. Nikolaou, Thomas A. Tsalis, and Konstantinos I. Vatalis

    16. The role of public policy in the promotion of sustainability by means of corporate social responsibility: The case of the chemicals sector worldwide

    Joana Costa, Manuela Castro Silva, and Tania Freitas

    17. Awareness-led social lab on circular economy in Switzerland: Exploring serendipity

    Darya Gerasimenko and Erica Mazerolle-Castillo

    18. How circular design at signify brings economic, environmental, and social value

    Anton Brummelhuis and Thomas Marinelli

    19. Circular economy and urbanism: A sustainable approach to the growth of cities

    Elena Turrado Domínguez, Rafael Hernández López, and M.A. Fernández López

    20. Overview: The smart sustainable city initiatives and the circular economy

    Azadeh Dindarian

    21. Transitioning into circular food consumption practices: An analytical framework

    Borrello Massimiliano and Cembalo Luigi

    22. From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes

    William M. Mayes, Susan L. Hull, and Helena I. Gomes

    23. "Closing two loops"—The importance of energy recovery in the "closing the loop" approach

    Tihomir Tomić and Daniel Rolph Schneider

    24. Investigation of the sustainable waste transportation in urban and rural municipalities—Key environmental parameters of the collection vehicles use

    Piotr Nowakowski, Krzysztof Szwarc, and Mariusz Wala

    25. New age zero waste sustainable apparel industry: Design practices, innovative approaches, and technological intervention

    Indranil Saha and Deepak John Mathew

    26. A conceptual and empirical study into the process and emerging patterns enabling the transition to a circular economy: Evidence from the Dutch dairy sector

    Hilde Engels and Jan Jonker

    27. The contemporary research on circular economy in industry

    Victor Fukumoto and Alexandre Meira de Vasconcelos

    28. The role of collaborative leadership in the circular economy

    Nermin Kişi

    29. Issues, interventions, and innovations in the cement industry: A comparative trajectory analysis of eco-cement transitions in the Netherlands, China, and Japan

    Serdar Türkeli, Beijia Huang, Satoshi Ohnishi, and René Kemp

    30. The potential for a circular economy in the nonroad mobile machinery industry—The case of Linde Material Handling GmbH

    Sergey Makaryan, Holger Hoppe, and Karen Fortuin

    31. VALUABLE—Transition of automotive supply chain to the circular economy

    Alberto Fernandez Minguela, Robin Foster, Alistair Ho, Emma Goosey, and Juyeon Park

    32. Circular economy in the cosmetics industry: An assessment of sustainability reporting

    O. Mikroni, G. Fountoulakis, P. Vouros, and K.I. Evangelinos

    33. Company perspectives on sustainable circular economy development in the South Karelia and Kymenlaakso regions and in the publishing sector in Finland

    R. Husgafvel, L. Linkosalmi, D. Sakaguchi, and M. Hughes

    34. Approaches to the circular economy in Armenia and Portugal: An overview

    K.S. Winans, Irina Mkrtchyan, and João Pedro Moreira Goncçalves

Product details

  • No. of pages: 696
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: September 14, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128198179
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128203965

About the Editors

Alexandros Stefanakis

Alexandros I. Stefanakis is Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece. His expertise lies in ecological engineering and technology, specifically in nature-based solutions for sustainable water and wastewater management. He is known as an expert and enthusiast of the green technology of constructed wetlands. He studies and investigates the role of nature-based solutions in a circular water economy

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering and Management Laboratory, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Ioannis Nikolaou

Ioannis E. Nikolaou is Associate Professor of Corporate Environmental Management and Performance in the Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. His current work focuses on linking knowledge-based views of firms with corporate environmental management and engineering, circular business models, as well as developing essential system dynamic models to explain strategic alliances of firms to face contemporary environmental challenges.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Business Economics and Environmental Technology Laboratory, Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

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