Corporate Sustainability: The New Pillar of the Circular Economy



Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS072000

The current logic of the market economy consists of extracting, producing, consuming and discarding. The efforts made to reduce the negative environmental impacts and promote recycling are not sufficient to offset the undesirable effects of this system described as “take, make and dispose”. However, this linear approach to production and consumption, which prioritizes economic goals at the expense of environmental and social goals, has reached its physical limit. The negative effects caused by this model threaten not only the stability of economies, but also the integrity of ecosystems, which are essential for human survival.

More than ever, companies are pressured to adopt more sustainable models derived from the intensification of certain trends, such as: the increasing dependence on fossil fuels; the poor management of natural resources; climate change, which is caused mainly by the increasing emissions of greenhouse gases; and the competitiveness featured by an ever expanding global market. These trends are in line with the European 2020 Strategy, which sets out a number of objectives designed to ensure within this time-frame a change in current models regarding the impact on natural capital. The circular economy defends the same principles of sustainability, and both share the same concerns. The circular economy aims to eradicate waste not just from manufacturing processes, but systematically throughout the life cycles and uses of products, and their components contributing to make organizations and the economy more sustainable. This book presents a scientific perspective about sustainability and the circular economy, describing different approaches, focusing on different sectors and exploring various methodologies.

Welcome to the world of the circular economy and sustainability. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The Relation between Corporate Sustainability and a Circular Economy
Beatrice Santos, Susana Garrido Azevedo and João Carlos Matias (Department of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 2. The Use of Biomass as an Energy Resource in the Path of the Circular Economy
Leonel Jorge Ribeiro Nunes (Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal)

Chapter 3. Corporate Environmental Sustainability: The Life Cycle Assessment of an Aluminum Profile
Ana Carrizo Moreira, António Carrizo Moreira and Luís M. Ferreira (Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 4. Eco-Innovation Empirical Determinants: How Portuguese Firms Behave?
Mara Madaleno, Margarita Robaina, Marta Ferreira Dias, and Tiago Nunes (GOVCOPP – Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies, University of Aveiro, DEGEIT – Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, Aveiro, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 5. Paving the Way for a Circular Economy: Theoretical Framework and Opportunities in Challenging Sectors
Lígia M. Costa Pinto, Paulo Ramísio, Ana Marreiros, and Sofia Santos (NIMA, School of Economics and Management, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 6. What Should Policy Makers do to Encourage Sustainability Practices?
Joana Costa (Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal)

About the Editors


The principal audiences for the proposed book are academics that investigate the sustainability and economic topics, Managers of companies that have sustainability concerns, policy makers that are worried about the planet sustainability and defend the circular economy as the new paradigm to guarantee a sustainable development.

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