ACPN Award

The ACPN Award Ceremony will be held during the 9th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production (IWACP) in Melbourne, Australia. Two researchers representing the new and the senior generation of Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN) will be chosen.


The Award


The Advances in Cleaner Production (ACPN) Award is inspired on the logo of the International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production 2007. The biosphere elements - nature and society - are represented the trees and the buildings. The primary driving force of the natural services used by society, solar renewable energy, transforms and circulates within the ecosystem. The arrow represents the ideal resource flow in the biosphere as the basis of the planet’s sustainability.


The highest building is the icon building of the Paulista University representing symbolically a teaching and research institution not only as the highest and the most prominent institution in a sustainable society, but also the institution where the International Workshop and Network on Advances in Cleaner Production was founded.


The winners of the ACPN Award 2020 are:


Young Researcher



Highlighted Academic Work (7th IWACP)


Study of Potential for Energy Recovery in Low-Cylinder Diesel Engines and its Environmental Impact - RAMIREZ, R.; SAGASTUME, A. (Universidad de la Costa - Colombia); VALENCIA, K.; HERNANDEZ, B.; DUARTE, J. (Universidad del Atlántico - Colombia)



Senior Researcher



Highlighted Academic Work (7th IWACP)


Assessing the Impacts of Hydropower Operation Policies on Stored and Discharged Water Quality - ZHIHAO XU (Dongguan University of Technology), ZHIFENG YANG (Beijing Normal University)


The Advances in Cleaner Production (ACPN) Award is awarded in accordance with the following criteria:


1. The Prize shall be made by the Award Committee every year that occur the International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production, IWACP, commencing in 2018.

2. The Prize shall consist of an ACPN Award.

3. The Prize shall be awarded to an individual, or more individuals, who, in the judgment of the members of the Committee, has made an outstanding contribution to the Advances in Cleaner Production.

4. Jury members are to act freely and without constraint in the selection of the laureate and shall proceed at all times with fairness and rigor.

5. The category within for which the Prize will be awarded shall be decided upon by the Committee.

6. All the partners of the ACPN that had your work received the distinction Special Mention are suitable candidates for the Prize by a selection committee.

7. The list of nominations submitted is not made public nor is information regarding them disclosed, aside from reference to the number of candidatures accepted and their countries of origin.

8. The Prize shall be presented every IWACP. In conjunction with the ceremony, during the IWACP in which the Prize recipient is invited to give a special conference.


2020’s Award Committee


Amalia Zucaro - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) - Italy Antonino Marvuglia - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology - Luxembourg
Brian D. Fath - Towson University - USA
Dabo Guan - University of East Anglia -UK
Enrico Benetto - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology - Luxembourg
Gang Liu - University of Southern Denmark - Denmark
Lixiao Zhang – Beijing Normal University – China
Linyu Xu – Beijing Normal University -China
Maddalena Ripa - Autonomous University of Barcelona - Spain

Marco Raugei - Oxford Brookes University - UK
Mark T. Brown – University of Florida - US
Mathis Wackernagel - Global Footprint Network - USA
Ming Xu - University of Michigan - USA
Olga Kordas - KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden
Pier Paolo Franzese - Parthenope University of Napoli - Italy
Sail Liang – Beijing Normal University - China
Silvio Viglia – University of Florifa - USA
Walter A. Pengue - Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento - Argentina
Yan Zhang – Beijing Normal University - China
Yiming Wei – Beijing Institute of Technology – China
Yutao Wang – Fudan University - China
Zhifeng Yang - Beijing Normal University - China

ACPN Award History

Since the first International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production (IWACP), researchers and members of society have been recognized as contributors for the advance of cleaner production.


ACPN Medal Award - Senior Researcher
Sergio Ulgiati - Parthenope University of Naples - Italy


ACPN Medal Award - Young Researcher
Weslynne Ashton - Illinois Institute of Research - USA


ACPN Medal Award - Senior Researcher
Carlo Vandecasteele - University of Leuven - Belgium


ACPN Medal Award - Young Researcher
Gengyuan Liu - Beijing Normal University - China


Mention of Honor
Darcy Brega Filho - São Paulo State Water and Waste Management Company (SABESP) - Brazil


Friend of IWACP (authors who published in all six previous events)
Claudia Viviane Viegas – University of the Sinos Valley (UNISINOS) - Brazil
Denise Alves Fungaro - Institute of Energy and Nuclear Research (IPEN) / National Commission for Nuclear Energy (CNEN) – Brazil
Geraldo Cardoso de Oliveira Neto - Nove de Julho University (UNINOVE) - Brazil
Luís Eduardo Velázquez Contreras - University of Sonora (UNISON) - Mexico
Miriam Borchardt – University of the Sinos Valley (UNISINOS) - Brazil


Mention of Honor
Asher Kiperstok - Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) / Federal University of Southern Bahia (UFSB) - Brazil


President of Honor
Nora Elba Múnguia Vega - University of Sonora (UNISON) - Mexico


Mention of Honor
Flávio de Miranda Ribeiro - São Paulo State Enviromental Agency (CETESB) - Brazil


Mention of Honor
São Paulo City Councilman Gilberto Natalini - Brazil
João Furtado – Jatobás Institute - Brazil


President of Honor
Donald Huisingh – University of Tennessee - USA


Mention of Honor
Tania Mara T. Gasi - São Paulo State Enviromental Agency (CETESB) - Brazil


Mention of Honor
Fernando Cardozo Fernandes Rei - São Paulo State Enviromental Agency (CETESB) - Brazil


Also, in every IWACP, the best papers of every oral presentation session receive the ‘Special Mention Award’ certificate from the evaluation committee.

Supporting Journals

Journal of Cleaner Production is an international, transdisciplinary journal focusing on Cleaner Production, Environmental, and Sustainability research and practice. Through our published articles, we aim at helping societies become more sustainable.


'Cleaner Production' is a concept that aims at preventing the production of waste, while increasing efficiencies in the uses of energy, water, resources, and human capital.


The Journal of Cleaner Production serves as a platform for addressing and discussing theoretical and practical cleaner production, encompassing environmental, and sustainability issues in corporations, governments, education institutions, regions, and societies.


Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management publishes original research results in the field of environmental and ecological science with focus on applications to the sustainable management of natural, human-dominated, and man-made ecosystems.


The aim of the journal is to provide a place for a rapid exchange of new ideas and concepts for scientists and engineers in the fields of environmental accounting, human and systems ecology, and environmental management. Manuscripts on environmental accounting and managements are solicited, including: mathematical modeling; computational and management techniques in environmental, ecological, energy and information science; environmental technology and engineering; human managed ecosystems such as agricultural, urban, coastal, riparian, and wetland ecosystems.

Invited Keynote Speakers
ACPN Award
8th IWACP - 2019
7th IWACP - 2018
6th IWACP - 2017
5th IWACP - 2015
4th IWACP - 2013
3rd IWACP - 2011
2nd IWACP - 2009
1st IWACP - 2007
realization by
Deakin University


organized by


in participation with


ACPN - Partner Network

Organizing Committee - International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production