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Environmental Performance of Canadian Pulp and Paper Plants: Why Some Do Well and Others Do Not?

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  • Julie Doonan
  • Paul Lanoie

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    (IEA, HEC Montréal)

  • Benoit Laplante
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    It is generally recognized that firms face both internal and external pressure to improve their environmental performance. However, few studies have attempted to delineate the importance of those various sources of pressure as firms’ managers themselves perceive them. In this study, we show that managers in the Canadian pulp and paper industry perceive government and public, but not financial and consumer markets, as the most important source of pressure. We also show that involvement of the firm’s higher level management and environmental education of employees are important determinants of the firm’s performance. While the paper provides a better understanding of the determinants of environmental performance, it re-asserts the crucial role of strong government regulatory intervention.

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    Paper provided by HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 02-01.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:iea:carech:0201

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    Keywords: environmental performance; environmental policy; environmental audit.;

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    1. Doonan, Julie & Lanoie, Paul & Laplante, Benoit, 2005. "Determinants of environmental performance in the Canadian pulp and paper industry: An assessment from inside the industry," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 55(1), pages 73-84, October.

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