Special Issue "Transitions and Convergences for Planetary Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 2749

Special Issue Editor

Miguel Torga Institute of Higher Education, Largo Cruz de Celas nº1, 3000-132 Coimbra, Portugal & University of Beira Interior & NECE – Research Unit in Business Sciences, Estrada do Sineiro, s/n, 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: regional innovation systems; RIS3; smart specialization; tourism; strategy; entrepreneurship; marketing; innovation; circular economy; competitiveness
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Dear Colleagues,

For nearly two decades, we have seen a growing interest from policymakers in new environmental policies. In 2015, the European Union outlined an action plan that resulted in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The specific aim is to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions (economic, social, and environmental) in an integrated and balanced way, but sustainable development must be integrated into all policy areas. We are currently witnessing major climate change events and, consequently, an increase in pressure on strategic resources. Thus, the circular economy proposes to leave the logic of “take, produce, consume, and discard”, converging toward an economic model that reduces environmental impacts and closes the flows of materials and energy. The implementation of the circular economy aims to transform European economies, creating new and sustainable competitive advantages. This new economic model necessarily leads to innovation to change current modes of production and consumption. Thus, it is urgent to 1) design in such a way as to prolong the service life of our products; 2) rethink the supply of raw materials, favoring short supply chains and recycled or reused materials; 3) conserve the value of goods, materials, and energy through remanufacturing and repairs; 4) change and reduce consumption to more collaborative and responsible ways; and 5) transform waste into new value-creating resources. In this context, there is a direct relationship between circular economy and innovation, as innovation can drive the transformation of economies toward a circular economy, and the circular economy can, in turn, stimulate eco-innovation and sustainable and responsible innovation. To bring new contributions to the sustainable socioeconomic development of countries and regions, this Special Issue on “Transitions and Convergences for Planetary Sustainability” invites articles on but not limited to the following topics:

  • Sustainable resource management;
  • Resource governance and policy;
  • Circular economy;
  • Sustainable and innovative business models;
  • Circular marketing;
  • Eco-innovation;
  • Eco-design of products and processes;
  • Product, process, organizational, commercial, and institutional circular innovations; • Circular economy at territorial level;
  • Territorial experiences;
  • Global value chain;
  • National and regional public policies to support innovation in the circular economy;
  • Regulatory and institutional innovations;
  • Smart cities and Industry 4.0.

Dr. João M. Lopes
Guest Editor

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  • sustainability
  • resources
  • innovation
  • circular economy
  • sustainable economy
  • entrepreneurship

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What Role Does Sustainable Behavior and Environmental Awareness from Civil Society Play in the Planet’s Sustainable Transition
Resources 2023, 12(3), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources12030042 - 22 Mar 2023
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The respect of human beings for the planet’s boundaries is an obligation of humanity for the sake of our own and future generations. Achieving this planetary sustainability requires a radical change in the way humanity develops. This study aims to explore whether a [...] Read more.
The respect of human beings for the planet’s boundaries is an obligation of humanity for the sake of our own and future generations. Achieving this planetary sustainability requires a radical change in the way humanity develops. This study aims to explore whether a sample of Portuguese civil society is committed to achieving this purpose. We explored: (i) citizens’ adherence to sustainable behaviour in terms of purchases and household practices; (ii) if environmental concerns and activism are predictors of these sustainable behaviours; and (iii) if environmental concerns influence environmental activism. A quantitative approach was used based on partial least squares. The results revealed that respondents demonstrate sustainable behaviour in consumption by avoiding plastic and looking for recyclable packaging and in housework by saving energy; environmental activism proved to be the most significant predictor of these behaviours, followed by environmental concerns. This article constitutes an opportunity to take (suggested) measures that encourage a change in the behavioural patterns of societies. Full article
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