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Energy Saving by Firms: Decision-Making, Barriers and Policies

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  • Henri L.F.M. de Groot

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    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Erik T. Verhoef

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    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Peter Nijkamp

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    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Abstract

Promoting investments in energy saving technologies is an important means forachieving environmental goals. Unfortunately, the empirical evidence on successconditions of policies isscarce. Based on a survey among Dutch firms, this paper sets out to identify thefactors that determine the investment behaviour of firms, their attitude towardsvarious types of energy policy,and their responsiveness to changes in environmental policy in the Netherlands.On the basis of discrete choice models, this paper aims to investigate empiricallywhether (and how) these strategic features vary over firm characteristics and over sectors.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 99-031/3.

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Date of creation: 07 May 1999
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19990031

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Keywords: energy saving; investment behaviour; environmental policy;

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