Special Issue "Waste Management Policy for Sustainable (Peri-)Urban Development and the Circular Economy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2023 | Viewed by 623
2. Department of Economic and Regional Development, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), 33100 Amfissa, Greece
Interests: sustainable urban development; applied sustainability; circular economy; environmental management; waste management
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Recent studies have provided strong evidence that the public's fundamental misunderstanding of waste reduction and prevention is a significant obstacle to promoting a critically needed circular economy in terms of waste reduction and reuse practices. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners should educate metropolises’ consumers together to inspire them to go beyond recycling and make decisions that minimize the environmental effect of their initial purchases.
Amid the steady improvements at the EU—and beyond—governmental level on waste prevention and management, steps to bring down resource use and exploitation are vital. In this regard, the European Union (EU) has taken significant steps towards promoting a circular economy and reducing waste through its policies and strategies. The EU's Circular Economy Action Plan is a key component of the EU Green Deal, which sets out a comprehensive plan aimed at making the EU's economy sustainable and reducing its carbon footprint, with the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Despite these efforts, there is still much work to be carried out to realize this “vision”. This Special Issue aims to reveal key insights about the public's waste prevention knowledge gaps and attitudes toward waste by putting together quantitative surveys, focus groups, ethnographic studies, waste compositional or life cycle analyses, multi-criteria decision-making approaches, and bibliographical reviews and analyses. By highlighting the EU's efforts in this area, we hope to spark a productive discussion and prompt urgent policy-wise action for circular economy and sustainable urban development through waste management and sustainable consumption among researchers, policy-makers, and behavior-change practitioners.
We invite all interested parties to debate and share evidence to take this evolving agenda forward. Together, we can work towards a more sustainable future for all.
Vardopoulos, I., Konstantopoulos, I., Zorpas. A.A., Limousi, L., Bennici, S., Inglezakis, V., & Voukkali, I. (2021). Sustainable metropolitan areas perspectives through assessment of the existing waste management strategies. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28(19), 24305–24320. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-07930-1.
Voukkali, I., Loizia, P., Navarro Pedreño, J., & Zorpas, A. A. (2021). Urban strategies evaluation for waste management in coastal areas in the framework of area metabolism. Waste Management & Research: The Journal for a Sustainable Circular Economy, 39(3), 448–465. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X20972773.
Moustairas, I., Vardopoulos, I., Kavouras, S., Salvati, L., & Zorpas, A. A. (2022). Exploring factors that affect public acceptance of establishing an urban environmental education and recycling center. Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, 25, 100605. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scp.2022.100605.
Rodríguez-Espinosa, T., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez-Lucas, I., Jordán-Vidal, M. M., Bech-Borras, J., & Zorpas, A. A. (2021). Urban areas, human health and technosols for the green deal. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 43(12), 5065–5086. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10653-021-00953-8.
Abeliotis, K., Chroni, C., Lasaridi, K., Terzis, E., Galliou, F., & Manios, T. (2022). Environmental impact assessment of a solar drying unit for the transformation of food waste into animal feed. Resources, 11(12), 117. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources11120117.
Dr. Ioannis Vardopoulos
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- circular and bio-based economy
- cross-disciplinary sustainable development
- social assessment
- solid waste
- food waste
- urban resilience