There is significant concern in the ceramics industry over resources, waste, and emissions; the current linear consumption model is not sustainable. If we continue “business as usual,” annual global material extraction has been projected to more than double by 2050 from the 2015 amount.
A new paradigm—the “circular economy”—has at its core the goal of reducing resource consumption through reuse and recycling of materials, and maximizing energy efficiency. The editors of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology are assembling a special issue that addresses several leading areas of the circular economy for ceramics, including life-cycle assessment; resource and waste management; greenhouse emissions reduction; renewable energy sources; improved testing and characterization; and regulatory issues.
Creating a circular economy requires fundamental changes throughout the value chain. This special issue aims at building bridges among various stakeholders involved in the ceramics community, including researchers from academia, industry, and government. This valuable cross-fertilization is very much necessary to find solutions for sustainable growth with intelligent and reasonable resource utilization.
The editors invite researchers and colleagues to submit a manuscript by May 1 for this special issue here:
Full-length research articles and review papers are welcome.
Cite Special Issue in your cover letter and in step 6 of your submission
Dr. Arnaldo Moreno Berto, Special Issue Guest Editor
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology
Institute of Ceramic Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering
Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain