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Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal

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Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal (6 papers in press)

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  • The green plate revolution: understanding consumer willingness to embrace environmentally friendly food products   Order a copy of this article
    by Rolando Drogo, Álvaro Lopes Dias, Leandro F. Pereira 
    Abstract: Growing awareness of the impact of our eating habits on health and the environment makes it crucial for individuals to acquire knowledge, evaluate their daily consumption, and actively participate. This study investigated consumers’ perceptions of green products and their willingness to incorporate them into their dietary practices. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse survey data, revealing that health consciousness and trust in food integrity positively influence purchase intention through green environmental concerns. Additionally, perceived barriers that negatively affect purchase intention but are positively associated with confidence in product integrity were examined. The results demonstrate consumers’ willingness to embrace new messages that help overcome barriers to purchasing sustainable products, as well as the responsibility of companies to understand how to effectively promote environmental issues through tangible actions.
    Keywords: innovation; consumer perception; sustainable purchase; food habits.
    DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2023.10060644
  • The future of gas stations: sustainability perspectives and trends   Order a copy of this article
    by Maria Gomes Peres, Leandro F. Pereira, Álvaro L. Dias, Jean-Baptiste Igonetti, Rui Vinhas Da Silva 
    Abstract: The use of vehicles powered by fossil fuels has a significant impact on the environment, as the process of extracting, transporting and burning them produces large amounts of CO2. At the same time, there is growing public dissatisfaction with the price of fossil fuels, as oil-importing countries are subject to market volatility and oil shocks. Consumers have made their calculations and believe that electric vehicles will be more economical in the long run. Both factors have contributed to the growing interest in alternative fuel cars. The research highlights the need for petrol stations to redefine their strategy and expand their business and revenue streams, and suggests some solutions to combat the fragility, risks and uncertainties of these markets.
    Keywords: sustainability; fossil fuels; CO2; electric vehicle; sustainable mobility; sustainable development; dynamic capabilities.
    DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2023.10061190
  • Optimising centrifugal drying for moisture reduction in plastic waste: design of experiment and decision tree analysis approaches   Order a copy of this article
    by Iwan H. Sahputra, Debora Anne Yang Aysia, Ignasius J. Boediono 
    Abstract: This study aims to identify ways to reduce the moisture content of plastic waste by optimising the drying process. The ANOVA’s results show the number of cycles significantly affects the decrease in the moisture content. The mass flow rate and the interaction between the number of cycles and the mass flow rate do not affect the moisture content. The Tukey test shows two groups for the mass flow rate having a difference in moisture content when using the highest and the lowest mass flow rate. The Tukey test also shows that the number of cycles influences the moisture content. The decision tree model indicates that the number of cycles significantly affects the moisture content. The model also shows that the mass flow rate does not affect the moisture content at a lower number of cycles (?2). However, the mass flow rate significantly affects the moisture content in the case of a greater number of cycles (especially >4).
    Keywords: moisture content; plastic waste; centrifugal drying; design of experiment; decision tree.

Special Issue on: ICITED-23 and ICOTTS-23 Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development Biases and Upcoming Challenges and Opportunities

  • Technology adoption in tourism: its relationship to the value chain and their stakeholders including host communities   Order a copy of this article
    by Marcia Ivonne Lara Silva, María Carolina Farfán, Luisa María Acosta, Luz Andrea Rodríguez Rojas, Edgar Jacinto Rincón 
    Abstract: The digital transformation and modernisation that the world is undergoing undoubtedly also applies to tourism. This includes a whole range of technologies that make it more efficient to build products that are more sensitive to travellers’ signals, as well as more empathetic to the possibilities of host communities, their natural environments, and other stakeholders. The volume and volatility of these technologies are high, making it a challenge to choose the best one to evolve, allowing one to recreate and imagine new scenarios towards previously unimagined experiences. For this purpose, the most used technologies in each of the links in the tourism value chain were mapped, concluding that the most used technologies are augmented reality, geolocation, big data, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence; the most representative actor being the tourist, in addition, absences of information were identified in actors such as the government and the host communities. Finally, we suggest thematic lines to continue with this research.
    Keywords: technology; tourism; digital transformation; sustainability; host community; tourism ecology; technology adoption; smart cities.
    DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2024.10061459

Special Issue on: Entrepreneurship, Ecology and Sustainability

  • The influence of social and environmental responsibility on customer based brand equity   Order a copy of this article
    by Guillermo Gamarra, Álvaro L. Dias, Leandro F. Pereira 
    Abstract: Customer-based brand equity (CBBE) has been the subject of study in recent years as an important outcome of brand building activities. It is recognised its importance to generate value to a specific brand or service and at the same time keep it at a high level of acceptance by consumers. Previous research revealed that tourism lifestyle entrepreneurs often lack the capacity to perform market related activities. As such, this study analyses the influence on CBBE of the key dimensions associated with these entrepreneurs (co-creation, lifestyle perception, environmental responsibility, link to place and social responsibility). Using survey data analysed using SEM-PLS, the results show that co-creation, link to place and social responsibility of the tourism lifestyle entrepreneurship firms positively influences CBBE. Furthermore, we also explored the indirect relationships in the model, and identified that lifestyle perception influences CBBE through the mediating effect of co-creation.
    Keywords: tourism entrepreneurship; branding; environmental responsibility; social responsibility; co-creation.
    DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2023.10059931
  • Sustainability: the new element for creating competitive advantage   Order a copy of this article
    by Maria Carlota Pires, Leandro F. Pereira, José Crespo De Carvalho, Rui Vinhas Da Silva, Ana Simões 
    Abstract: Businesses have become more concerned about sustainability, which affects both the business world and our society. Sustainability is now seen as a key driver for future development and innovation, but only for those companies that implement it in their business strategy. With these concerns, the problem statement that this research seeks to answer is how to implement sustainability in business strategy. The research objectives are to identify the main issues related to business sustainability, how sustainability is changing the business world, how companies can implement sustainability in their business strategy and to correlate the empirical evidence with the interviews. To achieve these objectives, data was collected through 101 interviews from the book 101 Voices for Sustainability, for a Responsible Development. The main findings were that companies in Portugal and worldwide are very concerned about sustainability and megatrends, and that Portuguese companies have megatrend opportunities that can be addressed.
    Keywords: sustainability; corporate social responsibility; CSR; Sustainable Development Goals; SGDs; megatrends; sustainable strategy.
    DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2023.10061125