Energy transition in a circular economy perspective

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Prof. Pasquale Marcello Falcone
Unitelma Sapienza – University of Rome
Viale Regina Elena, 295 - 00161 Rome, Italy.
Email: pasquale.falcone@unitelmasapienza.it

Manuscript Topics
There is strong scientific evidence that emissions of greenhouse gases arising from traditional fuels are harming the environment, causing global climate change. In this field, bioenergy (i.e. fuels, power, heat) are increasingly drawing attention as sustainable alternatives to fossil-based energy production, potentially able to address concerns associated with energy costs, global warming, energy security, etc. Policy makers guides the choices regarding sources of energy, but the energy industry should use circular economy (CE) as a foundation for developing new business opportunities in order to be ready for tackling issues linked to the decrease in the availability of traditional raw materials and the increase in related prices. Little has been done so far, but research and innovation can considerably contribute in improving life through CE by closing the loop between sustainability and decarbonization.

This special issue wishes to include original research articles, as well as review articles, covering topics relevant to the circular economy for energy transition. The manuscript might report experimental results, theoretical analysis, modelling, and technical review. Specifically, the potential authors may address topics with emphasis on, but not limited to, the following:

• Policy perspectives on energy transition and related trajectories towards sustainability
• Opportunities and challenges of the CE in the energy industry
• CE models for the development of renewable energies
• Techno-economic and environmental aspects of waste-to-energy
• Social dimension of the energy transition
• Policy mixes for energy efficiency
• Financing energy transitions

References
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Falcone, P. M., Morone, P., & Sica, E. (2018). Greening of the financial system and fuelling a sustainability transition: A discursive approach to assess landscape pressures on the Italian financial system. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 127, 23-37.
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The deadline for manuscript submission is December 31, 2020.

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