Environmental management legislation and competitiveness: case studies from Brazil, Germany, Italy and the UK

Terry L Tudor, Tania Nunes Da Silva, Mentore Vaccari, Cleber Dutra, Sindy Banga, Thomas Guidat

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Abstract

Globally, consumption and production levels have risen markedly in recent decades. These rises have led to costs/externalities (e.g., pollution and production of waste). Environmental regulations are employed as a means of controlling and managing these externalities. Using Germany, Italy, Brazil and the UK as case study countries, this study sought to examine the manner in which environmental regulations impacted upon business competitiveness within selected sectors. The results suggest that environmental regulations did impact upon competitiveness (as measured by levels of innovation). However, this influence varied within and between countries, and sectors, with for example, a higher impact in Germany, and within the manufacturing and construction sectors. The key implications for these findings are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Business Environment
Volume9
Issue number2
Early online date25 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Business competitiveness
  • environmental legislation
  • sustainability
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • innovation

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