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Title: Proposal to Foster Sustainability through Circular Economy-Based Engineering: A Profitable Chain from Waste Management to Tunnel Lighting
Authors: Molina-Moreno, Valentín
Leyva-Díaz, Juan Carlos
Sánchez-Molina, Jorge
Peña-García, Antonio
Issue Date: 2-Dec-2017
Abstract: The increasing demands of infrastructures in terms of energy consumption, raw material demand, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, treatment of components after their lifetime period, and financial costs are nowadays a serious threat for sustainability. Given that the resources are limited, it is difficult to ensure an accurate level of well-being for future generations. For this reason, new perspectives in design, production and consumption are necessary. In this work, the principles of circular economy are applied to concrete branches of engineering. Departing from a design orientated to new uses after life period of infrastructures, a circular economy-aimed engineering makes possible the connection and mutual profit of such different branches like waste management and tunnel lighting. The benefits in environmental and financial terms are a strong argument in favor of a stronger link between engineering and circular economy.
Sponsorship: This study has been supported and co-financed by projects from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness ECO2010-15885 and ECO2013-47027-P, Andalusian Government P11-SEJ-7294 and European Union (ERDF funds).
Publisher: MDPI
Keywords: Sustainability
Lighting
Waste management
Infrastructures
Energy savings
Raw materials
CO2 emission
Circular economy
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/49118
ISSN: 2071-1050
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Molina-Moreno, V.; et al. Proposal to Foster Sustainability through Circular Economy-Based Engineering: A Profitable Chain from Waste Management to Tunnel Lighting. Sustainability, 9(12): 2229 (2017). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/49118]
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