Waste to Energy: Transition toward a Circular Economy

Waste—generated abundantly and expected only to increase along with the projected growth in global population—is a potential resource for energy production. Wet, solid, or gaseous wastes are a significant and underutilized set of feedstocks for renewable fuel and product generation.

Discover below a curated selection of research from across Springer Nature’s journals and special issues, as well as books and book chapters, exploring energy recovery potentials from a variety of waste materials for a sustainable future.

This special compilation of Waste to Energy publications is part of Springer Nature’s efforts to support Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. Get the latest on the SDG12 Hub.

Selected Articles

Wood waste utilization and associated product development from under-utilized low-quality wood and its prospects in Nepal

SN Applied Sciences

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Bio-energy auditing, system productivity, energy efficiencies and economics of different direct-seeded basmati rice-based cropping systems and nutrient management options

CABI Agriculture & Bioscience

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Thermophilic bacteria and their thermozymes in composting processes: a review

Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture

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Electrochemical sensors based on sewage sludge–derived biochar for the analysis of anthocyanins in berry fruits

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

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Biomethane production kinetics during the anaerobic co-digestion of Sargassum spp. and food waste using batch and fed-batch systems in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy

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Porous walnut-like Mn2O3 anode derived from the waste graphene production effluent

Journal of Porous Materials

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Modeling and simulation of biomass anaerobic digestion for high biogas yield and CO2 mineralization

Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy

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Efficiency of integrated electrooxidation and anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge

Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts

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Microbial biotechnological approaches: renewable bioprocessing for the future energy systems

Microbial Cell Factories

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Applying machine learning approach in recycling

Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management

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An analysis of design strategies for circular economy through life cycle assessment

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

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Recent Research on Municipal Sludge as Soil Fertilizer in China: a Review

Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

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Exploring long-term mitigation pathways for a net zero Tajikistan

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

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Recovery of metallic oxide rich biochar from waste chicken feather

Low-carbon Materials and Green Construction

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Climate change and the UN-2030 agenda: Do mitigation technologies represent a driving factor? New evidence from OECD economies

Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

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Trajectories for Energy Transition in EU-28 Countries over the Period 2000–2019: a Multidimensional Approach

Environmental Modeling & Assessment

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Highlighted journals

Journal Topical Collections

Call for papers

Advances in sustainable materials and structures (Low-carbon Materials and Green Construction)

Biofuels (Scientific Reports

Biomass waste management and utilisation (Scientific Reports)

Biorefinery for bioalcohols production: Pretreatment, fermentation, and separation (Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts)

Energy and material recovery in waste management (Sustainable Energy Research)

Low-carbon materials in construction industry (Low-carbon Materials and Green Construction)

Recently published collections

Analytical Methods in Plant Biomass Characterization and Valorization (Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts)

Circular Economy and Sustainability: view from the International Sustainable Development Research Society 2020 conference (Circular Economy and Sustainability)

Novel biochar production and application (Waste Disposal & Sustainable Energy)

Highlighted books

Selected chapters

Implementing Sustainability in the Current Paradigm

Achieving Sustainability: The Ultimate Human Challenge

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Socio-economic Impact of Financial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion in Circular Economy

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Energy Market Evolution in Lieu of Fossil Fuels

Energy Issues and Transitions to a Low Carbon Economy

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Business Challenges in the Transition to Sustainablity

Business Transitions: A Path to Sustainability

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Geothermal Potential Across Europe

State of the Art in Deep Geothermal Energy in Europe

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Dams, Reservoirs and Power Plants

Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Hydropower Projects

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History of the Circular Economy. The Historic Development of Circularity and the Circular Economy

The Circular Economy in the European Union

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Anaerobic Treatment System: A Sustainable Clean Environment and Future Hope of Renewable Energy Production

Cost-efficient Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Engineered Systems

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Conversion of Carbon Monoxide to Chemicals Using Microbial Consortia

One-Carbon Feedstocks for Sustainable Bioproduction

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Is Investment Portfolio Construction Sustainable in the Circular Economy Paradigm—The Case of ESG Investment?

Circular Business Management in Sustainability

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Towards a Comparative Index Assessing Mechanical Performance, Material Consumption and Energy Requirements for Additive Manufactured Parts

Manufacturing Driving Circular Economy

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