Circular Economy and Sustainability

Circular Economy and Sustainability

Volume 2: Environmental Engineering

1st Edition - September 14, 2021

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  • Editors: Alexandros Stefanakis, Ioannis Nikolaou
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128216644
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232361

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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 challenes 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 to achieve sustainability. Volume 2, Circular Economy and Sustainability: Environmental Engineering, presents various technological and developmental tolls 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 concept to environmental engineering and management to promote sustainability goals in modern societies
  • Approaches the topic of 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 economic and societal progress


Professionals, researchers, and graduate students working on sustainability in practice and in industry. Environmental scientists, economists, corporate sustainability, policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Circular economy approach in the water and wastewater sector
    Marzena Smol
    2. Integrating circularity to achieve sustainability: Examples of various wastewater treatment systems
    Tamara Avellán, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Ishita Jalan, and Danielle Liao
    3. Risks associated with the circular economy: Treated sewage reuse in agriculture
    Ana María Leiva, Benjamín Piña, and Gladys Vidal
    4. Wastewater reuse for agricultural irrigation in Greece: Review of guidelines under the prism of the latest European Union's policy developments
    Charikleia Prochaska and Anastasios Zouboulis
    5. A circular model for sustainable produced water management in the oil and gas industry
    Alexandros I. Stefanakis
    6. College of engineering Pune hostel campus: An Indian experience of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse
    F. Masi, R. Bresciani, A. Rizzo, and D. Panse
    7. Wastewater treatment and sludge management strategies for environmental sustainability
    Manisha Sharma, Ankush Yadav, Mrinal Kanti Mandal, Shailesh Pandey, Supriya Pal, Hirok Chaudhuri, Sandip Chakrabarti, and Kashyap Kumar Dubey
    8. Recovery of nutritional resources of urban sewage sludge in lettuce production
    T.N. Moraes, D.O. Guilherme, P.S. Cavalheri, and F.J.C. Magalhães Filho
    9. Sludge drying reed beds: A key ecotechnology for a sustainable sanitation infrastructure in Brazil
    Andre Baxter Barreto, Gabriel Rodrigues Vasconcellos, and Breno Henrique Leite Cota
    10. Manure treatment and recycling technologies
    Renjie Dong, Wei Qiao, Jianbin Guo, and Hui Sun
    11. Circular economy in the Mesopotamian Marshes: The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden Project
    Davide Tocchetto, Meridel Rubenstein, Mark Nelson, and Jassim Al-Asadi
    12. Design concept and performance of a constructed wetland system engineered for the circular economy
    Akintunde O. Babatunde
    13. Valorization of solid waste in subsurface flow constructed wetlands based on renewable modular structures: A contribution to a circular economy
    Henrique J.O. Pinho and Dina M.R. Mateus
    14. Nature-based solutions for socially and environmentally responsible new cities: The contribution of green roofs
    Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros, Beatriz Castiglione, and Paulo Palha
    15. Constructed wetlands’ application for flower farms wastewater treatment in developing countries: Case study in Kenya
    Gilbert Atuga and Tsuma Jembe
    16. Ecotoxicity evaluation of diclofenac potassium in vertical flow constructed wetlands as posttreatment of septic tank effluent
    P.S. Cavalheri, M.A. Mello, A.L. Pereira, T.R. Marques, T.N. Moraes, G.H. Cavazzana, and F.J.C. Magalhães Filho
    17. Searching for sustainability in organic matter and nitrogen removal by integrating constructed wetlands and microbial fuel cells
    Daniela López, Thaís González, Gloria Gómez, Juan Pablo Miranda, Jose Contreras, and Gladys Vidal
    18. Creative approaches in engaging the community toward ecological waste management and wetland conservation
    Aaron Julius M. Lecciones, Kevin Roy B. Serrona, Ma. Catriona E. Devanadera, Amy M. Lecciones, and Jeongsoo Yu
    19. Circular economy in the building sector: Towards a holistic framework for implementing circular business models
    Fatima Khitous, Andrea Urbinati, Davide Chiaroni, and Raffaella Manzini
    20. Improving circular building under uncertainty and complexity: Exploring recent trends in the Netherlands
    Jannie Coenen
    21. Circular materials—An essay on challenges with current manufacturing and recycling strategies as well as on the potential of life cycle integrated designs
    Ludovic F. Dumee
    22. Waste to energy at the neighborhood microscale in the urban regeneration of Madrid peripheries: Towards effective circular neighborhoods
    Francisco Javier González, Susana Moreno, and Lourdes Rodriguez
    23. Optimization of surface mining operation based on a circular economy model
    F. Pavloudakis, C. Roumpos, and P.M. Spanidis
    24. Sustainability assessment of bioleaching for mineral resource recovery from MSWI ashes
    Valerio Funari
    25. Circular economy for the sustainability of the wood-based industry: The case of Caraga Region, Philippines
    Raquel M. Balanay, Rowena P. Varela, and Anthony B. Halog
    26. Equilibrium modeling and statistical analysis of struvite precipitation for nutrient recovery from corn-ethanol downstream process
    Ravi Kanani
    27. Food processing wastes as a potential source of adsorbent for toxicant removal from water
    Son Van Tran, Khai Manh Nguyen, Ha Thi Nguyen, Alexandros I. Stefanakis, and Phuong Minh Nguyen
    28. Sustainable circular economy design in 2050 for water and food security using renewable energy
    Seeme Mallick
    29. Towards circular economy in e-waste management in India: Issues, challenges, and solutions
    Biswajit Debnath, Ankita Das, and Abhijit Das

Product details

  • No. of pages: 582
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: September 14, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128216644
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232361

About the Editors

Alexandros Stefanakis

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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