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Eco-Efficiency Assessments as a Tool for Revealing the Environmental Improvement Potential of New Regulations

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  • Ottar Michelsen

    () (The Industrial Ecology Programme, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO 7491 Trondheim, Norway)

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Public regulations can result in improved environmental performance of products. In this paper eco-efficiency is used to assess the most likely outcome of potential new regulations. The paper presents a case study of furniture production in Norway where different scenarios for improving the environmental performance of the products are presented. Four regulatory options for imposing environmental improvements are assessed; (1) an introduction of a tax on emissions, (2) an increase of the tax on landfills, (3) an introduction of a tax on raw material consumption, and (4) introduction of take-back legislation.

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  • Ottar Michelsen, 2010. "Eco-Efficiency Assessments as a Tool for Revealing the Environmental Improvement Potential of New Regulations," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(1), pages 1-10, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:1:p:117-126:d:6708
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    Keywords

    eco-efficiency; regulations; LCC; environmental performance;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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