Call for Papers for a Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production on “Why and how to achieve Sustainable Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions based on circular economy thinking”
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The goal of this Special Volume (SV) is to promote, with a proactive and integrated approach, design of business models and products/services, and to highlight ways these changes can be achieved through moreResource-Efficient and Effective Solutions Based on Circular Economy Thinking.
For almost a century, the consumption of products has been the dominant paradigm and mindset. It was promoted byJohn Maynard Keynes,who had a deep impact on modern macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. In his 1936 classic“The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”(Keynes 1936) stated:“I should support at the same time all sorts of policies for increasing the propensity to consume. For it is unlikely that full employment can be maintained, whatever we may do about investment, with the existing propensity to consume.”Other influential economists, such as Victor Lebow (1955), also supported this paradigm:“Our enormously productive economy …demands that we make consumption our way of life,that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption …we need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.”
Today, however, the drawbacks following an ever-increasing consumption of materials and products (Sanne 2002) are becoming more obvious, and a move towards more sustainable solutions 1 based on Circular Economy (CE) thinking is needed (Tukker and Tischner 2006, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2013, Charter 2018). The rising awareness of growing environmental problems in society and among customers brings together environmental and resource-related requirements for the companies. On the 1stof January, 2016,the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentofficially came into force, and these will affect both countries and companies (Ekins and Hughes 2016). Resources and resource efficiency are the topics of several recent large assessment reports, such as those by theInternational Resource Panel of the United Nations(e.g. UNEP (2010)), and the criticality assessments of minerals conducted in the EU (European Commission 2010). Currently, several initiatives are moving forward, in parallel, e.g. the EU Flagship initiative“A resource-efficient Europe”, andthe European Circular Economy package(European Commission 2014, European Commission 2015).
The general and common conclusion is that there is an urgent need for innovative solutions and strategies to prevent, reduce and solve environmental and resource problems. Solutions must be sought on many different levels, and given the magnitude of the challenges the effects must be significant compared to the existing situation (Weizäcker, Lovins et al. 1998, Tukker and Tischner 2006, Tukker 2015, Charter 2018).
One such level on which the challenges can be addressed is that of products. Innovative solutions for resource efficiency on a product level may lead to significantly reduced use of resources and impacts on the environment during raw material production, manufacturing, use and end-of-life. The key isto turn resource challenges into opportunities for change and innovation and to transform existing businesses to use less, reuse more, and to preserve the value of natural resources, while delivering more value to customers(Tukker and Tischner 2006, European Commission 2011, Baas and Hjelm 2015, Charter 2018). A challenge related to this is to not, manage business model design, product and service design, operation management, and policies as separate activities but instead to manage them as interrelated activities that have positive and negative effects on each other (Charter 2018).
Examples of possible papers for this SV “Why and how to achieve Sustainable Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions based on circular economy thinking” include, but are not limited to the following:
· How to design and evaluate these types of solutions (integrating the design of business models and products/services)?
· How to transition from traditional sales to these types of solutions?
· How to manage challenges/opportunities when interlinking and managing business model designs, product and service design, operation management, and policies?
· What can be learned from case studies of these types of solutions?
· How can these types of solutions stimulate innovation?
· How to improve and evaluate policies that catalyse these types of solutions?
A solution in this chapter is defined as a combination of product(s) and service(s).
· What are the potential economic and environmental benefits from these types of solutions (e.g. reduced societal fossil-carbon footprints)?
· What are priority areas where such solutions will create most environmental gains?
· Which are the social, economic and environmental pros and cons, from different actors’ perspectives, with these types of solutions?
The planners of this SV are not interested in papers that contain theoretical models and methods (e.g. mathematical), unless they are based upon empirical data obtained from ‘real-world’ examples.