Enhancing energy and environmental systems through sustainable development, in particular integrating concepts of circular economy and cleaner production are important for the emerging needs of humankind. In recent years, the developments in alternative sources of renewable energy counterparts has been prompted to substitute the nonrenewable fossil fuel consumptions towards clearner environment. However, environmental problems arising currently must be carefully addressed and to be solved to conserve the energy, water and other environmental resources for the future. This article highlights the recent developments on alternative energy sources that mainly focus on energy and environmental sustainability, that has been discussed on “The 4th International Conference on Alternative Fuels & Energy (ICAFE–2019)”, which was held at Taichung City, Taiwan on October 18–21, 2019. Additionally, it provides useful insights from some of the papers published on a virtual special issue (VSI) of the Bioresourse Technology Journal. The highlighted research works in this review can be used as route-map towards sustainable development and energy efficiency.
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We thank all the authors of the selected manuscripts in the special issue (SI) of Bioresource Technology (BITE) for sharing their works and also to all the reviewers for their valuable time and efforts in reviewing the manuscripts. Furthermore, we greatly acknowledge the full support of Prof. Ashok Pandey, Editor-in-Chief, BITE, Publishing Editor Dr Adam Fraser, Journal Manager Mr. Daniel Leonard, and SI Content Manager, Ms. Ye Wendy. We would also like to thank the graduate students for their assistance and support in the ICAFE conference series in Taiwan.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal