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Urban Sustainability: Green Public Procurement and Sustainable Consumption Behavior

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2023) | Viewed by 20325

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Dear Colleagues, 

Sustainable consumer behavior endeavors to meet current demands while at the same moment furthering or curbing environmental impact. Green public procurement represents a process through which public authorities aim to acquire products, services, and works having a diminished environmental impact during their entire life cycle. A robust incentive for eco-innovation, green public procurement has as a condition the encompassing of comprehensible and concrete low-carbon standards for products and services. 

Topics of interest for publication in this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • Challenges in assessing urban sustainability;
  • Sustainability issues in urban systems;
  • Green and sustainable public procurement;
  • Circular economy and sustainable procurement;
  • Integrated product development process and environmentally conscious purchase intention;
  • Consumer perceptions towards sustainable supply chain practices;
  • Green and sustainable logistics;
  • Sustainable green supply chain practices;
  • Barriers to implementing green supply chain management. 

Dr. George Lazaroiu
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Keywords

  • urban sustainability
  • public procurement
  • green supply chain

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Life Cycle Costing Implementation in Green Public Procurement: A Case Study from the Greek Public Sector
by Varvara S. Orfanidou, Nikolaos P. Rachaniotis, Giannis T. Tsoulfas and Gregory P. Chondrokoukis
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 2817; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15032817 - 3 Feb 2023
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Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an essential strategy for achieving goals related to public environmental policy, including sustainable production and consumption, streamlined use of resources and mitigation of climate change. The European Union has adopted policies towards “greening” public procurement for member states [...] Read more.
Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an essential strategy for achieving goals related to public environmental policy, including sustainable production and consumption, streamlined use of resources and mitigation of climate change. The European Union has adopted policies towards “greening” public procurement for member states in order to promote environmental sustainability. Life Cycle Costing (LCC) is a method that measures the financial impact of an investment over the life cycle of a product. The current EU Procurement Directives (2014) are designed to position LCC centrally to sustainable sourcing. Although the literature identifies the links between the environmental dimension through GPP and the economic dimension through the use of LCC, the interaction between them in the context of public procurement has not been adequately captured. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the results of the LCC tools implementation in the context of GPP in Greece and study the economic impact of green procurement in public organizations. The urgent need of reducing energy consumption in the public sector due to the continuing energy crisis and climate change is an additional incentive to evaluate this impact. LCC tools developed by the EU were used, fed with data from public procurement contracts carried out in the Greek public sector. The results show that the adoption of environmental criteria requires market research, planning and coordination to make it cost-effective, especially under the legislative mandate of GPP in Greece by 2022. Full article
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Empowering Sustainable Consumer Behavior in the EU by Consolidating the Roles of Waste Recycling and Energy Productivity
by Mihai Dinu, Simona Roxana Pătărlăgeanu, Radu Petrariu, Marius Constantin and Ana-Mădălina Potcovaru
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9794; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239794 - 24 Nov 2020
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The growth in population and economic activities has direct implications on the deterioration of the natural capital, especially when referring to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. However, improvement is possible by empowering sustainable consumption and production patterns. Through the 2030 Agenda for [...] Read more.
The growth in population and economic activities has direct implications on the deterioration of the natural capital, especially when referring to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. However, improvement is possible by empowering sustainable consumption and production patterns. Through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations call for a mix of economic development, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. The agenda also provides the instruments needed to track progress, as each Sustainable Development Goal has a set of indicators meant to assess various dimensions of sustainability. Energy productivity is only one of many, but still special because it reflects sustainable consumption behaviors and production patterns. The 2030 Climate Target Plan elaborated by the European Commission consolidates and brings its contribution to the aims of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by adding weight to the importance of the greenhouse gas emissions target. The objective of this research was to study the relationship between energy productivity, greenhouse gas emissions, biowaste recycling and nominal GDP in the EU in order to highlight the key of a smooth transition towards sustainable consumption behaviors and production patterns. The results show that recycling, greening the economy and energy productivity are the vectors of this transition. Full article
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Sustainability Management and Performance in the Urban Corporate Economy: A Systematic Literature Review
by George Lăzăroiu, Luminița Ionescu, Mihai Andronie and Irina Dijmărescu
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7705; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187705 - 18 Sep 2020
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In this article, we cumulate previous research findings indicating that organizations advance to superior phases of environmental management development in order to attain corporate sustainability by the use of participative decision-making. We contribute to the literature on corporate sustainability management and performance by [...] Read more.
In this article, we cumulate previous research findings indicating that organizations advance to superior phases of environmental management development in order to attain corporate sustainability by the use of participative decision-making. We contribute to the literature on corporate sustainability management and performance by showing that the correlation between sustainable development governance, organizational knowledge, sustainable organizational development, and corporate sustainability, which shapes corporate environmental and sustainability management. Throughout June 2020, we conducted a quantitative literature review of ProQuest, Scopus, and the Web of Science databases, with search terms including “corporate sustainability”, “corporate sustainability management”, “corporate sustainability performance”, “sustainability reporting”, “sustainable supply chain management”, “sustainable corporate development”, and “environmental management systems”. As we inspected research published exclusively in the past two years, only 338 articles met the eligibility criteria. By eliminating the findings that were questionable, unsubstantiated by replication, or too general, and due to space limitations, we selected 93, mainly empirical, sources. Future research should investigate whether corporate governance systems, through organizational sustainability practices and performance reporting, can shape operational environmental sustainability and sustainable organizational culture. Full article
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Assessing Sustainability Behavior and Environmental Performance of Urban Systems: A Systematic Review
by Aurel Pera
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 7164; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177164 - 2 Sep 2020
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In this systematic review, I cumulate previous research findings indicating that sustainable urbanism and networked public governance can be instrumental in carrying out extensive sustainability and resilience objectives through steering urban transformations in the direction of sustainability and resilience. Urban analytics data infrastructure, [...] Read more.
In this systematic review, I cumulate previous research findings indicating that sustainable urbanism and networked public governance can be instrumental in carrying out extensive sustainability and resilience objectives through steering urban transformations in the direction of sustainability and resilience. Urban analytics data infrastructure, multicriteria sustainability evaluation, and sustainable performance assessment display the intricate network dynamics operational within cities, impacting urban resilience decision-making processes and leading to equitable and sustainable urban development. Throughout July 2020, I conducted a quantitative literature review of the Web of Science, Scopus, and ProQuest databases, search terms including “sustainable urban planning,” “urban sustainability assessment,” “sustainable urban governance/urban sustainability governance,” “sustainable urban development,” “sustainable/sustainability behavior,” and “environmental performance.” As I focused on research published exclusively in the past two years, only 301 various types of articles met the eligibility criteria. By removing those whose results were inconclusive, unconfirmed by replication, or too general, and because of space constraints, I selected 153, mainly empirical, sources. Future research should investigate whether the assessment of environmental sustainability performance of heterogeneous urban configurations by shared sustainability policymaking through spatial green infrastructure planning and regulations articulate sustainable urban design and governance for the development of innovative performance. Full article
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