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Stimulating different types of eco-innovation in the UK: government policies and firm motivations

Stimulating different types of eco-innovation in the UK: government policies and firm motivations
Stimulating different types of eco-innovation in the UK: government policies and firm motivations
In this paper, we adopt a recent OECD framework and examine the role of external policy tools and internal firm specific factors for stimulating three different types of eco-innovations that range on a spectrum of lower to higher technological and environmental impacts: End-of-Pipeline Pollution Control Technologies, Integrated Cleaner Production Technologies and Environmental R&D. Using a novel firm-level dataset from a DEFRA survey, we estimate a Tobit model, which provides empirical evidence showing that these eco-innovations are motivated by different external policy tools and internal firm specific factors. Our findings indicate that End of Pipeline Technologies and Integrated Cleaner Production Technologies are mainly driven by equipment upgrade motives with a view of improving efficiency while environmental regulations are effective in stimulating the End-of-Pipeline technologies and Environmental R&D. Interestingly, alongside government induced regulations, we find that market factors, mainly motivated by cost savings, are effective in driving Environmental R&D. Finally, ISO14001 certification is effective in strengthening the positive impact of environmental management systems on both End-of-Pipeline technologies and Environmental R&D while CSR policies have no significant impact on motivating any of the eco-innovations.
cleaner production, environmental regulation, environmental taxes, environmental management systems, Eco-R&D, ISO14001
0921-8009
1546-1557
Demirel, Pelin
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Kesidou, Effie
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Demirel, Pelin
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Kesidou, Effie
8396f39f-1a71-4cc9-bfa2-b2d5af26214d

Demirel, Pelin and Kesidou, Effie (2011) Stimulating different types of eco-innovation in the UK: government policies and firm motivations. Ecological Economics, 70 (8), 1546-1557. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.03.019).

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In this paper, we adopt a recent OECD framework and examine the role of external policy tools and internal firm specific factors for stimulating three different types of eco-innovations that range on a spectrum of lower to higher technological and environmental impacts: End-of-Pipeline Pollution Control Technologies, Integrated Cleaner Production Technologies and Environmental R&D. Using a novel firm-level dataset from a DEFRA survey, we estimate a Tobit model, which provides empirical evidence showing that these eco-innovations are motivated by different external policy tools and internal firm specific factors. Our findings indicate that End of Pipeline Technologies and Integrated Cleaner Production Technologies are mainly driven by equipment upgrade motives with a view of improving efficiency while environmental regulations are effective in stimulating the End-of-Pipeline technologies and Environmental R&D. Interestingly, alongside government induced regulations, we find that market factors, mainly motivated by cost savings, are effective in driving Environmental R&D. Finally, ISO14001 certification is effective in strengthening the positive impact of environmental management systems on both End-of-Pipeline technologies and Environmental R&D while CSR policies have no significant impact on motivating any of the eco-innovations.

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Published date: 15 June 2011
Keywords: cleaner production, environmental regulation, environmental taxes, environmental management systems, Eco-R&D, ISO14001
Organisations: Centre for Innovation & Enterprise

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Local EPrints ID: 377472
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377472
ISSN: 0921-8009
PURE UUID: 79272535-56c9-4e07-8aa7-5db4b8b05a11

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Date deposited: 10 Jun 2015 15:10
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 20:17

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