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  •   Free full-text access Open AccessIndustrie 4.0 and a sustainable development: A short study on the perception and expectations of experts in Germany
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    by Silke Niehoff, Grischa Beier 
    Abstract: Trends are predicting a further industrial revolution based on digitalisation. Industry has always had an influence on sustainable development and it therefore seems essential to better understand and monitor the transformations in industry from a sustainability science perspective. This short study intends to provide a starting point for research focussed specifically on the environmental dimension of the triple bottom line. Based on a survey conducted among 100 participants from companies and research institutions and complemented by two semi-structured interviews, this study provides a first set of ideas and insights. Our results suggest that digitalisation has the potential to positively affect the environmental dimension of a sustainable development. However, the overall sustainability of digitalised industry has to receive more attention from researchers as well as from companies, in order to better understand and quantify this potential, and avoid a mere problem shifting as well as rebound effects.
    Keywords: Sustainable development; digitalisation; resource efficiency; renewable energies; environmental management.

  • Sustainability of Environmentally Sound Technologies using Interpretive Structural Modeling   Order a copy of this article
    by Abhishek Behl, Abhinav Pal 
    Abstract: The rapidly growing Indian economy has transformed into a sustainable arena where every player needs to contribute to maintain the equilibrium. Sustainable practices by organizations have contributed towards development. There is a limited contribution from individuals towards the same. This study aims at exploring the key barriers which lead to a limited contribution from individuals residing in rural areas. The limited study in the area of Environmentally Sound Technology(EST) in rural India makes it important as the results could be generalized for a larger community. The barriers found out are diverse ranging from awareness of EST to humanitarian supply chain. The study uses Interpretive Structural Modeling technique to understand the barriers from the individuals perspective. The study projects to build a conceptual framework with linkages between the barriers. The linkages helped in understanding the flow of association between the barriers which would help in dealing with them in a structured approach. The results signify that awareness and perception of individuals towards these technologies are the prime reasons of discontinuity in contributing towards a sustainable supply chain. It was also found out that tradeoff between conventional technologies and EST was not balanced. Public private partnership in launching these technologies in rural areas is a missing link found out from the research. The results give a fairly clear picture in understanding the barriers and their hierarchy. Therefore, the results will interest both private and public sector in enhancing the diffusion of these green technologies in rural areas. The results give clear directions to each of the stakeholders to understand their role wherever required in bridging the missing links in the sustainable supply chain. The study is related to Indian context which restricts generalizing them for every country. A similar study can be performed for other countrys perspective as well.
    Keywords: Sustainability; Environment Sound Technology; Interpretive Structural Modeling; Rural; India

  • Technological strategies and sustainable management for small businesses in the Brazilian innovation context   Order a copy of this article
    by Mariza Almeida, Branca Terra 
    Abstract: Company innovation strategy and sustainable development are two related conceptual areas in the study of innovation management. The aim in this paper is to study the technological strategies and sustainable management of innovative small businesses, in the biotechnology, oil, pharmaceutical and shipbuilding sectors, within the Brazilian innovation context, in order to identify companies characteristics, technological strategies used, the innovation policy instruments utilized, the partnerships developed, the sustainability management priority and the main protagonists. The results show that the innovation context can influence the development of enterprises, through a variety of factors, such as the institutional environment, the characteristics of the economic sector, sustainability management and established networks that affect the decision making and growth of these companies.
    Keywords: Technology strategy; sustainable strategy; sustainability; small business; start-up; spin-off; small business strategy; company innovation strategy; innovation strategy; small business innovation strategy; innovation management; technology management; sustainable management; Brazil.

    by Neima Quele Almeida da Silva, Carlos André da Silva Müller, Osmar Siena 
    Abstract: Extractive Reserves (ERs) were regulated by the National System of Conservation Units (SNUC) seeking to enforce a biodiversity conservation policy. As the result of a gradual process, it consists of sustainable guidelines that are developed together with the local reality, allowing the survival of traditional populations with a self-sustaining economic activity. However, this institutionalized concept, as a social construction based on claims of extractive, seems to differ from the many social actors in the fields of ERs. So we intended answer why these social actors that should act in a isomorphic way, produce such diverse results? Thus, this study was based on documents analyses, analyses of expert
    Keywords: Exploitation. Extractive Reserves. Sustainable Development. Institutionalism.

  • Adoption of Innovation in Agriculture: A Critical Review of Economic and Psychological Models   Order a copy of this article
    by Joao Augusto Rossi Borges, Alfons G.J.M. Oude Lansink, Grigorios Emvalomatis 
    Abstract: Two main models have been used to analyze farmers decisions to adopt an innovation; the first is based on the concept of utility maximization (UM) and the second is based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB). This study uses a vote-count method to identify the effect of different variables on farmers adoption decisions in 36 studies using either UM or the TPB. Results from the UM studies show that the explanatory variables mostly have an insignificant effect on the adoption decision. When the effects are significant, the sign of the effect is inconsistent across studies. Results from the TPB studies show that correlations between the psychological constructs used in this type of model are significant in most cases. However, most variables are only used in one or two studies and it is therefore not possible to detect a clear pattern across studies that used the TPB model.
    Keywords: Adoption; Farmer; Innovation; Utility; Theory of reasoned action; Theory of planned behavior.

  • The Global Water Security: an approach for multilevel governance on hydric resources   Order a copy of this article
    by Kleverton Carvalho 
    Abstract: Water has been ranked first among the top five global risks in terms of social impact. Yet the vision of water as a sustainability variable has lost strength to the detriment of the security concept. This paper proposes an approach of global water governance based on water security (WS) to respond to the increasing water shortage on the planet. The method involved the usage of qualitative procedures, the analysis of regulatory documents related to international water management, and the interviews of five experts within the management and regulation sectors. The process was useful in determining five main scopes and to articulate the framework to promote WS: first - risk as water management paradigms; second - review of the international regulatory framework and creation of a United Nation specialized agency for WS; third - transversal link for WS between different actors; fourth - applying WS mechanisms in river basins; fifth - adoption of new analytical methods.
    Keywords: Global risk; water security; governance; international regulatory; actors; methods; mechanisms.

  • Lack of commitment of Brazilian federal institutions to ethanol competitiveness   Order a copy of this article
    by Wellington Pereira, Nilson De Paula 
    Abstract: Brazil is regarded as pioneer in developing a market for sugarcane ethanol, to a large extent due to initiatives of federal government in setting up this sector in the past by a heavy use of public policies to provide a fair environment for the development of a complete production chain of ethanol. Based on this context, the aim of this paper is to present the level of commitment of Brazilian federal institutions to ethanol market by means of public policies, especially those related to second-generation technology which is a crucial ingredient for the long term development in the ethanol industry because of its technological impacts. For this purpose, this paper assesses the actions taken and decisions made by Brazilian federal institutions aiming the production and competitiveness of sugarcane ethanol based on the concept of Sectorial System of Innovation and Production (SSIP). In order for this industry to become more competitive, not relying on fossil fuels, some technological challenges need to be overcome, for which the engagement of federal government is crucial by providing conditions for a dynamic and sustainable process of innovation in Brazil. We argue that technological development will take place only if the State helps to increase competitiveness in the ethanol sector, as compared to fossil fuels. Even though ethanol market has existed in Brazil for a long time, its evolution has been negatively affected by a lack of a long term strategy of federal government to promote ethanol as a preferential and more sustainable option and to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.
    Keywords: ethanol; sugarcane; biofuels; public policies; sectorial system.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2017.10004051
  • Technological Parks in the State of Paran   Order a copy of this article
    by Paulo Yamamoto, Aparecido Coutinho 
    Abstract: In the Brazilian case, innovation, entrepreneurship and technological development are relevant and should be balanced through social effort and mobilization. Governments, universities and businesses have made many efforts to encourage innovation in Brazil. The number of incubators and technology parks has experienced significant growth, more than doubling in the first decade of the millennium. The State of Paran
    Keywords: technology parks; sustainability; innovation; development; Paraná State; Brazil.

  • Responsible innovation in practice with system dynamics modelling: The case of energy technology adoption   Order a copy of this article
    by Andri D. Setiawan, Aziiz Sutrisno, Rajbeer Singh 
    Abstract: Despite the potential advantages, technology adoption often brings unexpected outcomes and even leads to failures on multiple fronts. The accountability of outcomes and failure of technology is missed out from technology development and adoption process. This issue has increasingly gained attention of researchers and practitioners. Responsible innovation (RI) has emerged as a concept that aims to address such issues through deploying the five dimensions (anticipation, reflexivity, deliberation, responsiveness, participation) in different stages of innovation process. However, the five dimensions lack of well identified and developed methodology. Therefore, the system dynamics (SD) modelling is explored as a method for extending the effectiveness of RI approach in practice. SD models on energy technology adoption dynamics developed here, enable the demonstration of its applicability in anticipation and reflexivity. The paper concludes that the use of SD modelling seems useful for improving the capacity of reflexive and anticipatory dimensions of RI approach in practice.
    Keywords: responsible innovation; system dynamics modelling; energy technology adoption; sustainability; Indonesia.

  • Time series analysis of Earths Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstructions using nonlinear tools and statistical tests   Order a copy of this article
    by George Halkos, Kyriaki Tsilika, Aggelos Iliopoulos 
    Abstract: This paper presents results concerning the nonlinear analysis of the Earths Northern Hemisphere mean annual land temperature reconstructions for the time period of 713 2004. The nonlinear analysis consists of the application of several filtering methods, the estimation of geometrical and dynamical characteristics in the reconstructed phase space, techniques of discrimination between nonlinear low dimensional and linear high dimensional (stochastic) dynamics and tests for serial dependence and nonlinear structure. The results of this study indicate the efficiency of the filtering methods in revealing nonlinear structures and correlations in short noisy time series, such as Earths Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstructions. No low dimensional chaotic behaviour evidence was found from the analysis.
    Keywords: Nonlinear time series analysis; temperature reconstructions; filtering methods; discriminating statistics; environmental economics computation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2018.10004942
  • A sustainable redistribution model based on economic-environmental equilibrium: a global business perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Ravikumar Gajbiye 
    Abstract: Economic development is an inevitable fact of human life. This paper presents an analytical view of global economic development from three key perspectives: Growth, Sustainability, and Equilibrium. Natural resources being the building blocks of economic activity must be allotted significant importance in determining the wealth potential of a nation. Inadequacy of current measures of economic growth, and deviation from the real purpose of economic activity, necessitates evolving a novel economic indicator for quantifying real growth. This paper presents various views on social and environmental impact assessment of economic growth. The research is formulated within the 6E framework of Sustainability, wherein the main group elements are: Economic and Environmental. The proposed model is developed within the PESTEL framework in a global context. Finally, In order to propagate the ideology of sustainable and equitable growth, a Wealth Redistribution Model based on economic-environmental equilibrium is proposed.
    Keywords: economic growth; sustainability; wealth distribution; equitable growth; economic-environmental equilibrium; UGDP; Universal Gross Domestic Product; GNRP; Gross Natural Resource Product; WDM; Wealth Redistribution Model.

  • A New Education Model in Sustainable Energy   Order a copy of this article
    by Wojciech Grega, Krzysztof Pikon 
    Abstract: The EIT (European Institute for Innovation and Technology) has selected KIC InnoEnergy as the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy in Europe. Since 2010, KIC InnoEnergy Master School has offered Masters programmes which are directed at a new type of education in the energy field, aimed at mobilising the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the students. Seven Masters programs, accredited by top technical universities in Europe, offer a combination of engineering and entrepreneurship courses. This paper describes a new mechanism for the development of a teaching environment which creates strong links between education, technology, business, and entrepreneurship. The paper emphasizes the main distinguishing features of KIC InnoEnergy education and gives examples of the application of new pedagogical methods.
    Keywords: Education; Master’s programmes; sustainable energy; EIT; knowledge triangle; entrepreneurial; challenge driven education; case teaching method; quality indicators; Key Performance Indices.

  • Comparison of Conventional and Fair Trade Systems on Dimensions of Sustainability A Study of Basmati Rice Procurement in India   Order a copy of this article
    by Rajni Kant Sharma, Naseem Abidi, Kaleem Mohammad Khan 
    Abstract: Conventional Procurement at farm level, as starting point of the supply chain and a crucial link to farmer livelihoods and impact on sustainability, remains specifically ineffective in India. Initiatives like Fair Trade, in domain of alternative trade mechanisms, have made inroads in global agricultural trade bridging the ethical consumers of the west to marginalized farmers in developing countries like India. This research paper explores indicators on all the dimensions of sustainability through literature as well as through exploratory factor analysis on primary data collected from Indian farmers who follow either conventional system or Fair Trade system to dispose their produce (Basmati Rice). The study also compares these systems on all indicators and dimensions of sustainability. It also explores the strength, weaknesses, suggestions to improve and reasons for formers to remain in the system. Findings suggest that Fair Trade system is better on almost all dimensions of sustainability than conventional system.
    Keywords: Sustainability; Conventional and Fair Trade Systems; Procurement; Alternative Trade.

  • Sustainable supply chains, corporate constitutionalisation and human rights: a multiple case study on the 10 biggest companies in Brazil   Order a copy of this article
    by João Amato-Neto, Lucas Fucci Amato 
    Abstract: This paper aims at discussing, in the light of a transdisciplinary bibliographic review and a multiple case study, the possibilities and practices related to corporate human rights obligations, in the systemic approach of sustainable supply chains and subcontracting networks. International and national legal obligations are focused, besides the institutional and procedural structures designed in self-regulation. As an illustration, guidelines and codes of the 10 biggest companies operating in Brazil are analyzed concerning the statement of values, duties of suppliers, duties concerning human rights, mechanisms, institutions and procedures of due diligence, accountability and enforcement. The conclusion points out that the mechanisms of corporate responsibility concerning human rights are, in general, poor in relation to the provisions of rights and also insufficient in the procedures and structures for implementing and monitoring the compliance through the entire supply chain.
    Keywords: sustainable supply chains; human rights; corporate social responsibility.

  • Dynamics of Technological Change: Nuclear Energy and Electric Vehicles in France   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdelkrim Doufene, Afreen Siddiqi, Olivier De Weck 
    Abstract: Technological change is shaped by a confluence of processes that are governed by socio-political, economic, and regulatory factors within a region. In this paper, the authors present a theoretical framework to describe the dynamics of technology change. Based on a qualitative modeling approach, the authors employ concepts from literature on innovation, technology adoption, and technological change, and map reinforcing and retarding cycles of processes of innovation. The way these processes (or functions) are interconnected and combined hinders or enables the overall success of technology diffusion and shapes the long-term outcome for the new technology. The authors develop the framework with examples of energy systems in UK and UAE, and apply the model to examine two cases of nuclear power and electric vehicles in France. They highlight the role as well as limits of policy in initiating and sustaining reinforcing cycles for new technology diffusion and can provide a basis for forming expectations about emerging technologies.
    Keywords: functions of innovation; technological change; energy-transportation nexus; nuclear energy; electric vehicles; sustainable development; lock-in; technology policy.

  • Faculty motivation as a key for integrating sustainable development in Higher Education curricula   Order a copy of this article
    by Taiga Brahm, Patrizia Kühner 
    Abstract: The systematic integration of sustainable development into Higher Education curricula remains a challenge for many universities. Among other barriers, faculty motivation to include sustainable development into their courses seems to be crucial. At the same time, empirical research regarding faculty motivation in the context of sustainable development is missing. Based on the motivational systems theory, this paper aims to provide a literature review on faculty motivation and to empirically investigate facultys motivation through opinions of 20 workshop participants and interviews with six faculty members. Results include facultys motivators as well as obstacles to integrate sustainable development into their curricula. The research contributes to the theory of integrating sustainable development into Higher Education. From a practical viewpoint, it also provides insights into possible support measures for faculty.
    Keywords: sustainable development; faculty; motivation; faculty development; higher education; university.

  • Fostering Innovation Performance from a Sustainable Development Perspective: Towards a Research Agenda   Order a copy of this article
    by Gopi Krishna 
    Abstract: The benefits of a sustainability-driven innovation and their impacts on performance under the three dimensions of economic, social and environmental performance have often not been adequately captured. This paper acknowledges the gap and presents a conceptual framework that helps identify the determinants towards fostering innovation performance and explains the relationship with sustainability practices through the pursuit of the exploitation of existing competencies and exploration of new opportunities from a sustainable development perspective. This is assessed based on their eventual impact on innovation performance with the theoretical underpinnings of the dynamic capabilities theory. The impacts of this approach could be beneficial for both the private and the public sector, towards taking a holistic view for realizing the goals of sustainable development. The research findings identified the significance of market orientation, which has a direct impact on innovation performance. Organizations internal trust was found to have a strategic and significant relationship with the successful uptake of sustainability practices. Stakeholder sustainability orientation interestingly does also impact the sustainability practices of exploitation and exploration which in turn did impact innovation performance suggesting their importance in the pursuit of innovation. This, in turn calls for a renewed focus on sustainability practices and a conducive organizational internal trust environment to take forward the sustainability agenda which significantly impacts the triple bottom line. The research contributes to the field of sustainable innovation and provides a roadmap for organizations to bridge the sustainability gap. It further contributes to the literature by theoretically providing a holistic framework that examines the relationships of stakeholder sustainability orientation, market orientation, exploration and exploitation regarding innovation performance and its eventual impact on sustainable development. The research helps to confirm that the pursuit of a sustainability agenda is indeed worthwhile for organizations.
    Keywords: Exploration; Exploitation; Sustainable innovation; Sustainability Practices; Innovation performance; Sustainable development; sustainability gap.

  • Impact of Social Supply Chain Practices on Social Sustainability Performance in Manufacturing Firms   Order a copy of this article
    by Usama Awan 
    Abstract: The aim of the study is to focus on safety practices, environmental cooperation practices, and green manufacturing to identify a set of key practices that drive social sustainability performance in manufacturing firms. It also investigates the moderation role of internal environmental investment on the relationship between social supply chain management practices and social sustainability performance. Using a sample of 272 manufacturing firms, empirically test the proposed conceptual model. The results provided, support that the social sustainability performance at firm level is dependent on the broader practices of social supply chain, most importantly on safety practices and green manufacturing practices. The discoveries give important bits of knowledge to the specialists, academicians and arrangement creators; firm can utilize these practices to oversee and enhance the social manageability execution.
    Keywords: sustainability practices; sustainable supply chain management; safety practices; sustainable manufacturing; social sustainability performance.

  • Manual punch planters design and development for smallholder farmers   Order a copy of this article
    by Leandro M. Gonzaga, Ricardo C. De Resende 
    Abstract: This paper presents the concept and design of a punch planter for smallholder farmers. The design and development of the planter was conducted using the Design Methodology Approach in four phases: Informational, Conceptual, Preliminary and Detailed. Participatory inputs from a group of smallholder woman farmers from Lesotho were also considered. Smallholder farmers are responsible for almost 70% of food produced worldwide, but seedling technologies specifically designed for this public are rare. The majority of punch planters available are either too big or expensive, or adaptations from disc planters are needed, and requiring animal or tractor to pull it. Punch planters reduces the power demand in planting, being very suitable for conservationist practices. A prototype was manufactured with a novel seed metering unit able to individualize seeds and to work with seeds of different types and sizes. Field tests have been conducted, but more tests are needed to make it available for the market.
    Keywords: punch planter; smallholder farmers; direct drilling; Conservationist Agriculture; mechanical design; seedling technology; no-till.

  • Innovations for sustainability: Challenges in utilizing sustainability-related knowledge   Order a copy of this article
    by Nina Tura, Ville Ojanen, Jyri Hanski 
    Abstract: The demands for more sustainable development are increasing, and solving complex sustainability challenges is acknowledged to require innovations that take environmental, social and economic perspectives into consideration. The development of innovations for sustainability requires the utilization of sustainability knowledge, i.e. creating market value by combining pieces of environmental, organizational and social information. In this study, we address the reasons why sustainability knowledge is not exploited more broadly and set focus on the challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge. The empirical data for the study was collected in an interdisciplinary expert workshop and by conducting semi-structural interviews in four Finnish companies. The study reveals challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge at all stages of knowledge management. We also analyze the potential of digitalization in enhancing innovations for sustainability and lowering the challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge.
    Keywords: Innovation; sustainability; sustainable development; sustainability-oriented innovation; sustainability knowledge; knowledge utilization; knowledge process; knowledge management; managerial challenges; digitalization effects.

  • IT and Green Practices as enablers of Dynamic Capabilities and Patient Satisfaction in healthcare industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Samyadip Chakraborty, Rajesh Kalepu 
    Abstract: The word Green has become very pivotal in todays world where sustainable service delivery has become the most sought after objective. Application of green-practices (GP) and IT-enabled-practices (ITEP) has been becoming increasingly important for many industry sectors and healthcare sector happens to be under scanner as one of the most lucrative sectors to investigate such relationships. Various practitioner and contemporary academic literature suggest that indeed GP and ITEP application are the two major enablers of todays healthcare business towards boosting the overall service-oriented capabilities (the extended components of Dynamic Capabilities) of the patient care service providers which in turn is the key towards achieving better patient satisfaction and also boost hospitals performance. This study carries out an empirical investigation to understand the linkages of the aforesaid relationships using data from two sources. Sample data from hospital-side and patient-side have been collected. The study uses standard statistical techniques including CFA, and SEM to test the hypothesized path linkages.
    Keywords: Green Practices; Healthcare; IT- enabled practices; Dynamic capabilities; Patient satisfaction; Service-oriented capabilities; Firm performance.

  • Sustainability innovation by integrating employees: The potential of sustainable embedded lead users   Order a copy of this article
    by Marc Schmidt-Keilich, Ulf Schrader 
    Abstract: Recent studies in innovation management have explored the phenomenon of embedded lead users: company employees who exhibit lead user characteristics with regard to a product marketed by their employer (Schweisfurth and Herstatt, 2014). Because they are doubly embedded, i.e. in both producer and user domain, these employees possess specific resources and capabilities which may be beneficial to corporate innovation. While the concept of embedded lead users has been analysed in sports, leisure and healthcare industries, this paper suggests that the phenomenon may also be highly relevant in the context of sustainability innovations. By bringing together existing conceptualizations of a sustainable lead user outside of corporate boundaries and the embedded lead user approach, the concept of sustainable embedded lead users is presented. We show why sustainable embedded lead users are suited to support corporate sustainability innovations and discuss opportunities and limitations of this approach for (sustainable) innovation and human resource management.
    Keywords: Embedded lead user; sustainability innovation; user innovation; employee participation; open innovation; sustainable development.

Special Issue on: SDEWES 2015 Sustainable Development and Innovation in Energy, Water and Environment Systems

    by Ana Leite, Priscila Pinto, Jeziel Nunes 
    Abstract: An ancient paradigm considered people as simple production factors. Nowadays, we know that human capital is fundamental for business success, and the challenge of attract and retain talents in competitive markets encourage companies to search for elements to differentiate themselves among competitors. Another paradigm says that the companys responsibility towards society is to limit themselves into producing profit. Advances in debates about sustainability and ethics made us comprehend that companies cannot ignore that they have an important part in the matter that extrapolates operation limits. But how does sustainability and ethics contribute to attract and retain talents? Through this revision of literature and data from researches done with Brazilian companies, this essay intends to evaluate sustainable practices and how can they interfere in attraction capacity and retention of talents.
    Keywords: Human capital; knowledge management; leadership; talents; sustainability; value; ethics; sustainable development.

    by Vinod Kumar Sharma 
    Abstract: Today with billions of tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, global temperature rise, threats of climatic changes and the great obstacles to further development of conventional energy sources, it is very important that due attention be given to a range of environmental-friendly energy technologies which are too relevant to us, in the Adriatic coastal regions. rnIt is now a well established fact that implementation of energy efficiency and maximum use of renewable resources (often marked as sustainable energy sources) are more appropriate options not only to resolve problem relevant to the basic sectors (buildings, transports, energy production and urban systems) but help improve and strengthen sustainable development capabilities, as well. It is in the above context that a brief description of some good practices such as production of power for national power grid and heat, retrofitting of old buildings and replacement of oil boilers with biomass boilers/ installation of biogas, will be presented. rnBased upon the results obtained, it is worth to note that some of these initiatives of great scientific interest and having significant impacts on the socio-economic sustainable development, can certainly be replicated in the Adriatic coastal regions. rnMoreover, in view of the strong link between congestion and pollutant emissions in the transport network, real-time strategies, working simultaneously and able to reduce traffic congestion, vehicle emissions, benefitting both users and not-users of the transport network in social, environmental and economic terms, will be another salient feature of present communication. rn
    Keywords: Socio-economic sustainable development,conventional energy sources; environmental-friendly energy technologies; good practices; cross border development; congestion and pollutant emissions in the transport network; real-time strategies.

  • Sustainable development as a driver for innovation and employment   Order a copy of this article
    by Mike Dieterich 
    Abstract: Sustainability is the key to market recovery and future economic growth. Climate change and other natural disasters present an opportunity to save lives, and property. Efficiency and innovation are job creators spawning new technologies, use of building materials, and methods of building. Individuals like William Kamkwamba, the boy who harnessed the wind found solutions, surviving drought and famine, through innovation and perseverance during trying times. Sustainability reduces impact on the environment, benefits people, and grows wealth. This paper will discuss how to quantify sustainability with case studies the author has conducted.
    Keywords: Sustainability; innovation; employment; development; policy; society.

  • Production versus consumption management for sustainable agricultural resources   Order a copy of this article
    by Suzelle Barrington, Bijaya Adhikari 
    Abstract: At 35%, world food production wastage is jeopardizing the sustainability of global resources and the future of food security, especially considering that agriculture uses 60 and 37% of the world water and land resources. Ironically, rural populations are most exposed to poverty and hunger when they feed the world. Through a literature review, this paper will demonstrate that supply management, based on consumption, is a solution to food wastage and can in parallel, improve rural wealth, introduce sustainable agricultural practices, resolve major urban pressures and bring about global climate change adaptation. The concepts presented in this paper confront modern world agricultural policies as production management systems are being abolished throughout the world, including in Canada.
    Keywords: Sustainable resources; food wastage; climate change.

  • Universities as role models for sustainability a case study on implementation of University of Gothenburg Climate Strategy, results and experiences from 2011-2015.   Order a copy of this article
    by Eddi Omrcen, Ullika Lundgren, Marianne Dalbro 
    Abstract: This paper undertakes the concept of universities as role models for sustainability, regenerative sustainability and universities as living laboratories through a case study from University of Gothenburg and the implementation of the Climate Strategy. The method used is action research oriented. In using action research, the similarities with the Environmental Management System principles of the PDCA model was also observed. Action research with its cyclic process of plan-act-observe-reflect was a key process to solve specific problems with a focus on continuous development. The Climate Strategy is a university-wide strategy, including collaboration between faculty, administration and management, as well as with external stakeholders, such as property owners. With the support of its Environmental Management System (EMS), the University of Gothenburg manages climate action with a systematic approach, both in implementation and follow-up. This creates opportunities for technical solutions and social learning processes, and allows the University of Gothenburg to serve as a living laboratory and a role model for sustainability. The Climate Strategy was initiated 2011 and by the end of 2015 the target to reduce total carbon emissions by 20 percent was almost reached with a reduction of 18.5 percent compared to the baseline year 2008. Total energy use was reduced by 19 percent, excessing the 10 percent goal. Several other initiatives and projects, a set of initiatives, have been implemented as part of the Climate Strategy. The University of Gothenburgs Climate Strategy shows that it is possible for multi-site city universities to address climate impact across all areas in an effective manner, even though the university revenues, staff/employees as well as students has increased from 2008 to 2015.
    Keywords: Environmental Management System; Climate Strategy; living laboratory; interdependent approach.

  • Turkeys energy system development: linking an energy supply model with an industrial simulation model and solving it iteratively   Order a copy of this article
    by Gorkem Gungor, Ramazan Sari 
    Abstract: Turkey is in the progress to include nuclear energy to its electricity generation capacity. The energy modelling studies for Turkey mainly focus on usage of renewable energy and local fossil fuels and include nuclear power plants (NPP) only with their electricity generation capacities without taking into consideration the front and back-ends of the nuclear fuel cycle. This study takes into consideration the life cycle assessment of nuclear energy based on optimization of energy system costs and usage of energy resources under atmospheric CO2 and SO2 emission constraints using MESSAGE iteratively with an industrial simulation model. The energy demand forecast for Turkey is calculated by using an industrial simulation model. This iterative modelling calculates the marginal costs of final energy generation and energy demands for domestic production. The results of this study are assessed using economic, environmental and social indicators. The study concludes that both environmental and nuclear energy scenarios are viable options to set national atmospheric CO2 and SO2 emission targets for Turkey whereas the concerns for proliferation of nuclear weapons and burden on future generations to cover the costs for spent fuel and radioactive waste management should be taken into consideration.
    Keywords: nuclear energy; nuclear fuel cycle; energy modelling; energy demand modelling; domestic production; marginal cost of final energy; climate change; air pollution.

  • Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Index for Policy Learning in Cities   Order a copy of this article
    by Siir Kilkis 
    Abstract: Policy learning between cities is a vital process to enable the diffusion of more sustainable practices. The Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Index provides a composite indicator to benchmark city performance based on 7 dimensions and 35 main indicators. In this research work, the SDEWES Index is applied to 25 cities. Data is collected, normalized, and aggregated to obtain the results. Stockholm (3.29), Espoo (3.25), and Sevilla (2.98) are the top three cities. An average city in the sample receives an index score of 2.75. The paper further develops a benchmarking tool to trigger policy learning based on the index performance. Two typologies of policy learning are discussed to stimulate an exploratory process for catching-up or finding solutions to common needs. Based on the total of 56 cities to which the index is applied to date, a search algorithm is developed to match cities in which 10 common patterns are identified. The paper concludes with the prospect of using the SDEWES Index to simulate innovation for more sustainable cities.
    Keywords: Energy; water; environment systems; city index; composite indicator; sustainable development; benchmarking tool; policy learning.

    by Jesús Valero-Gil, Ana Allué-Poc, Abel Ortego-Bielsa, Fabio Tomasi 
    Abstract: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) have been trying to solve mobility issues by identifying suitable measures to be implemented according to citizen
    Keywords: Sustainability; Urban Mobility; Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans; Mutual Learning Workshop; Methodology Innovation.

Special Issue on: Advances in Green Economy and Sustainability

  • The Impact of Energy Security Risks on Energy Consumption   Order a copy of this article
    by Clarence Tolliver, Moinul Islam, Kong Joo Shin, Shunsuke Managi 
    Abstract: This study assesses the impact of energy security risks on energy consumption by analyzing a panel of data from 64 countries from 1980 to 2014. We find that rising energy security risk increases oil, natural gas, nuclear power, and wind power consumption and decreases hydroelectric power consumption. We also find that countries with greater energy security risks have increased the relative share of wind energy in their total energy consumption. These results suggest that energy security risk leads to a diversified energy consumption through the adoption of renewable energy technologies. Furthermore, the gross domestic product and population growth also result in overall increases in the energy consumption levels. This result is consistent with the results found in the existing literature. However, when we analyze the consumption of specific energy sources, solar and wind power consumption levels are shown to decrease in response to population growth.
    Keywords: energy security; energy security risk; energy consumption; renewable energy resources.

  • Optimal Sensing Duration for Interweave Cognitive Radios based on Energy Efficiency   Order a copy of this article
    by Yamuna Moorthy, Sakuntala Pillai 
    Abstract: Cognitive Radios (CR) have emerged as a promising physical layer candidate for 5G and future wireless systems. CR networks use the licensed spectrum when it is not being used by the licensed users. In this paper, we investigate an energy efficiency optimization problem in interweave or spectrum sensing cognitive systems. The aim is to maximize the energy efficiency by jointly selecting the sensing duration and detection threshold. The joint optimization problem is a non- convex problem. Therefore, we formulate two sub-problems which are independent and by alternately iterating between the two problems, we can arrive at the optimal value. Simulation results show that the proposed formulation of the optimization problem and its solution shows energy efficiency gains compared to the existing algorithms. Also, the computational complexity is considerably reduced compared to the optimal method.
    Keywords: Cognitive Radio; Energy Efficiency; Convex Optimisation; Sensing Duration; Detection Threshold.

  • Pollution Haven Hypothesis and Indias Intra-industry Trade: An Analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Paramita Sengupta, Kakali Mukhopadhyay 
    Abstract: A policy of trade liberalization is often suggested as a means of stimulating economic growth in developing countries. On the other hand, it is argued that liberalization leads to the expansion of pollution-intensive production which causes harm to the environment. In the post-1991 period, with the adoption of trade liberalization measures Indias merchandised trade has expanded considerably. One of the important factors of such commendable growth is the significant expansion in Indias Intra-industry Trade (IIT). Given this circumstance it is an important task to find out whether such rapid growth in IIT has any detrimental effect on environment. With this purpose, the current paper measures the shares of pollution content of Indias inter-industry trade and IIT, and its impact on the environment by using Input-Output framework for the period 2001-02 to 2011-12. The study considers two important trade partners- the USA and the EU (27). Applying the Grubel-Lloyd index the paper estimates the shares of IIT including Vertical and Horizontal in Indias total trade with the USA and the EU (27). It observes that the levels of IIT between India and its trade partners have expanded to some extent, where the shares of the Vertical IIT are dominant over those of the Horizontal IIT. While examining the pollution intensity involved in such growing IIT, the study finds that Indias export in IIT with the USA and the EU (27) are highly pollution intensive. The results of Pollution terms of trade provide stronger evidence on the pollution haven effect.
    Keywords: Intra-industry trade; Vertical IIT; Horizontal IIT; Input-Output technique; Pollution haven hypothesis.

  • Decoupling of Economic Activity from Transport-Related Energy Consumption An Analysis for European Union Member Countries   Order a copy of this article
    by Vassilios Profillidis, George Botzoris, Athanasios Galanis 
    Abstract: In the present paper, the evolution across different time periods of coupling and decoupling relationship between transport-related energy consumption and GDP for the EU-28 member countries is analyzed. Focusing on the period before and after the economic crisis of the year 2008, it is remarkable a differentiation of the relation between economic growth and transport-related energy consumption, as after the economic crisis the vast majority of countries have passed the threshold of coupling and are subjected to a form of decoupling. This new reality creates a significant opportunity for transport activities and for travel habits to enter into a continuous process of rationalization and reduction of both energy consumption and other transport-related harmful effects to the environment. It is a political and institutional challenge to maintain the observed decoupling, by strengthening and encouraging the green mobility, the environmentally friendly and efficient mobility, which is one of the greatest tasks of the future.
    Keywords: coupling; decoupling; economic activity; transportation; energy consumption; European Union.

  • Greening the Workplace: Conceptualising Workplaces as Settings for Enabling Sustainable Consumption   Order a copy of this article
    by Elisabeth Süßbauer, Martina Schäfer 
    Abstract: This conceptual paper contributes to management studies on workplace-related pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) by combining approaches from social practices theory (SPT), the settings-based approach to health promotion as well as the literature on organisational learning. From these perspectives, sustainable consumption at the workplace is seen as being embedded in daily routines which are rarely reflected upon and cannot easily be changed. We argue that companies instead of focussing on individual attitudes and knowledge of employees should enable them to experiment with sustainable consumption practices, provide supportive organisational and material structures, and integrate their experiences and needs in a continuous process of co-designing such an enabling setting. We present an analytical framework that can be used to identify weaknesses of existing entrepreneurial strategies to promote PEB among employees and to conceptualise comprehensive strategies for greening the workplace.
    Keywords: pro-environmental behaviour; workplace setting; sustainable consumption; practice theory; employee participation.

  • How green is manufacturing? Status and prospects of national green industrialization. The case of Morocco   Order a copy of this article
    by Jaime Moll De Alba, Valentin Todorov 
    Abstract: This article reviews the concept of green industry. Our study introduces an innovative methodology to analyse green industrial development at country level by constructing an original database and looking both at green industrial production and employment data derived from UNIDOs industrial statistics database (INDSTAT). We use our methodological approach to review the status and analyse the prospects of green industrialization in a selected set of countries. We conclude that countries have not seized yet the opportunities offered by green industry. We undertake a closer analysis of the green performance of Morocco, a country that has failed in the past to boost industrial development despite having put in place an ambitious green industrial policy. Our analysis suggests that green industrialization offers an untapped potential that developing countries might use in the future as an alternative path to operate their structural transformation within the framework of the existing international industrial development setting.
    Keywords: green industry; green manufacturing sector; industrial production; industrial employment; industrialization; Morocco.