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A virtuous circle? Increasing local benefits from ports by adopting circular economy principles

A virtuous circle? Increasing local benefits from ports by adopting circular economy principles
A virtuous circle? Increasing local benefits from ports by adopting circular economy principles
As ports seek to maintain support for their operations amidst growing environmental awareness and social pressure, it is important they provide benefits for the local population to offset negative impacts. Ports can add additional economic benefits for the cities they are located in by encouraging maritime clusters, industrial development, a circular economy, and waterfront development. The current level of adoption, interest in future adoption, barriers to implementation, and attitudes towards the views of the local population were assessed via an online questionnaire sent to port authorities in 26 countries. The potential and willingness of ports to be on the frontline of the transition to a circular economy globally has been clearly identified for the first time, seeing a 60% increase between current levels of adoption and future interest in adoption. Barriers to a circular economy are comparable to barriers to widely adopted methods, such as industrial development and a waterfront economy. It is likely that circular economy activities in port cities will add additional local benefits and reduce the negative impacts of a port. A new framework is proposed to help ports and cities collaborate and encourage greater adoption of the circular economy.
Benefits, Circular economy, Economic, Framework, Industrial development, Maritime clusters, Port cities, Sustainable development, Waterfront development
2071-1050
Roberts, Toby, James
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Williams, Ian
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Preston, Jonathan
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Clarke, Nick
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Odum, Melinda
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O'Gorman, Stefanie
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Roberts, Toby, James, Williams, Ian, Preston, Jonathan, Clarke, Nick, Odum, Melinda and O'Gorman, Stefanie (2021) A virtuous circle? Increasing local benefits from ports by adopting circular economy principles. Sustainability, 13 (13), [7079]. (doi:10.3390/su13137079).

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As ports seek to maintain support for their operations amidst growing environmental awareness and social pressure, it is important they provide benefits for the local population to offset negative impacts. Ports can add additional economic benefits for the cities they are located in by encouraging maritime clusters, industrial development, a circular economy, and waterfront development. The current level of adoption, interest in future adoption, barriers to implementation, and attitudes towards the views of the local population were assessed via an online questionnaire sent to port authorities in 26 countries. The potential and willingness of ports to be on the frontline of the transition to a circular economy globally has been clearly identified for the first time, seeing a 60% increase between current levels of adoption and future interest in adoption. Barriers to a circular economy are comparable to barriers to widely adopted methods, such as industrial development and a waterfront economy. It is likely that circular economy activities in port cities will add additional local benefits and reduce the negative impacts of a port. A new framework is proposed to help ports and cities collaborate and encourage greater adoption of the circular economy.

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Published date: 24 June 2021
Additional Information: Funding Information: Funding: The authors are pleased to acknowledge that this research study was partially funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (EP/L01582X/1) and partially funded by Ramboll. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: Benefits, Circular economy, Economic, Framework, Industrial development, Maritime clusters, Port cities, Sustainable development, Waterfront development

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Local EPrints ID: 450035
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450035
ISSN: 2071-1050
PURE UUID: 7806956a-1b56-4044-8c0c-1192645e46f4
ORCID for Toby, James Roberts: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1294-401X
ORCID for Ian Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219
ORCID for Jonathan Preston: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6866-049X

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2021 16:31
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:31

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Author: Toby, James Roberts ORCID iD
Author: Ian Williams ORCID iD
Author: Nick Clarke
Author: Melinda Odum
Author: Stefanie O'Gorman

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