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The need of standardization and the potential role of voluntary approaches: Issues and trends in Italian GCHP market


  • Francesco Rizzi

    () (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies - MAIN Lab, Pisa, Italy)


Despite the lack of specific incentives, Ground Coupled Heat Pumps (GCHP) installations are booming in Italy both in private and public sectors of the market. Such rapid growth entails an increasing concern for environmental and technical performances since no comprehensive regulation and reliable standards exist yet. By means of an investigation of sectoral opinion leaders and SWOT-based technique for building scenarios, this paper discusses potential schemes for balancing mandatory and voluntary requirements. The analysis suggests that standardization and voluntary schemes are perceived as effective tools to encourage the greening of Italian GCHP-SMEs in short-run while laying the foundations for evolving sustainable policies in the longer run. A potential scheme that has been simulated by reflecting the supply-side orientations of the market and that involves of process and product standards is discussed.

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  • Francesco Rizzi, 2009. "The need of standardization and the potential role of voluntary approaches: Issues and trends in Italian GCHP market," Working Papers 200908, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Istituto di Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:sse:wpaper:200908

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