Greening the Car Industry

Varieties of Capitalism and Climate Change

Author: John Mikler

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1849802246

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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. . . fascinating and stimulating book, which is both comprehensive and partial in equal degree. Peter Wells, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning Greening the Car Industry is an innovative book in the Varieties of Capitalism tradition. Its interviews and analysis offer rich insights into why the US car industry struggles, particularly on environmental impact, compared to Japanese and German firms. John Mikler shows that regulatory institutions matter, and how they matter. For the car industry at least, more collaborative forms of capitalism show more promise. Mikler gives us a masterpiece of regulatory scholarship. John Braithwaite, The Australian National University Corporations, including those in the car industry, are increasingly keen to proclaim their green credentials. But what motivates firms to reduce the environmental impact of their products? Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom, John Mikler addresses this question in a novel way by taking a comparative institutionalist approach informed by the Varieties of Capitalism literature. Focusing on Germany, the US and Japan, the author shows that national variations in capitalist relations of production are central to explaining how the car industry tackles the issue of climate change, such variations are crucial for understanding the normative as well as material basis for firms motivations. This ground-breaking book will be of great benefit to students and academics, particularly those with an interest in comparative politics, public policy and international political economy. It may also serve as a resource for courses on environmental politics and environmental management as well as aspects of international relations and business/management. Given the book s contemporary policy relevance, it will be a valuable reference for policy practitioners with an interest in industry policy, multinational corporations, the environment, and institutional approaches to comparative politics.

The Greening of the Automotive Industry

Author: G. Calabrese

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137018909

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 369

View: 6970

An examination of the greening of the automotive industry by the path dependence of countries and carmakers' trajectories. Three sources of path dependency can be detected: business models, consumer attitudes, and policy regulations. The automobile is changing and the race towards alternative driving systems has started!

Greening Auto Jobs

A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution

Author: Caleb Goods

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739189816

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

View: 3847

Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution provides a major contribution to the growing and important field of environmental sociology and labor studies by providing a theoretical and practical understanding of how the broader political-economic relations of society affect the relationship between labor and the environment.

Greening industries and creating jobs

Author: Bela Galgoczi

Publisher: ETUI

ISBN: 287452249X

Category: Climatic changes

Page: 226

View: 7367

How the objective of a resource-efficient low carbon economy is to be reached and how the transition is managed are the key issues addressed by this publication. The two main focuses are industrial policy and employment prospects on the road to a green economy that retains its industrial base. Any lasting recovery of the real economy will necessarily take the shape of a more resource-efficient production model. While we argue that only a more ambitious and comprehensive European climate policy framework would have a chance of delivering the broader 2050 climate targets, this does not mean that Europe has to give up its industrial base and its related competences. Several chapters of this book argue that the option of attaining a low-carbon economy through ‘deindustrialisation’ would prevent Europe from preserving its competitiveness and knowledge base, which are also essential for exploiting the potential of the emerging eco-industry. While decoupling economic growth from resource use is also possible with an industrial base that is more energy-and resource-efficient, this does require a fundamental shift in terms of how the economy is managed and how business decisions are made. Sustainable industrial and structural policies are needed also in order to ensure that this revolutionary process takes place in a socially balanced manner.

Green Jobs for Sustainable Development

Author: Ana-Maria Boromisa,Sanja Tišma,Anastasya Raditya Ležai?

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317751841

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

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A ‘green economy’ must be built on ‘green jobs’ - the kind of employment that is low carbon, intended to reduce energy use and expected to restore environmental quality. But attempts to define exactly what a ‘green job’ is have led to varied and often contradictory answers. There are many unresolved questions including whether we consider jobs in the nuclear fuel industry to be green jobs? Or is a worker at a glass making company which supplies the glass for the solar photovoltaic industry doing a green job given that glass making is a ‘dirty’ industry? This book deals with the relationship between "green" concepts (green jobs, green economy, green growth) and sustainable development. It examines to which extent creation of green jobs supports overall economic development as opposed to creation of elitist jobs and greenwashing. In order to do so, general conceptual frameworks for green jobs, green economy, green growth and green policy are presented as well as their implementation in ten countries selected among the Group of Twenty. The selection includes advanced (the European Union, the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Japan) and developing countries (Mexico, China, Turkey and Brazil). The analysis presented in this book shows that although green concept is well-intentioned, its implementation depends on local circumstances – economic, political and social. Developed countries perceive green growth as a way to create new markets and demand, while developing countries rely more on labor intensive growth and less expensive green jobs. Thus, greening the economy does not diminish differences between rich and poor. This book is suitable for those who study and work in Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development and Labor Economics.

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2010

Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9789264084674


Page: 280

View: 4640

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2010 reviews key trends in science, technology and innovation in OECD countries and a number of major emerging economies including Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa.

Managing the Environment

Business Opportunity and Responsibility


Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483292886

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 283

View: 7450

Managing the Environment offers an interdisciplinary and multi-functional management approach to the environmental issues affecting business practice. Many of the books published on this subject have so far been written by environmental scientists or from a strictly economic viewpoint. Managing the Environment aims to redress the balance by considering the impacts of environmental issues on various management functions, including accounting and finance, marketing, production and operations, information systems and organizational behaviour and culture. Each chapter includes review and study questions, and case studies form an important part of the book. An up-to-date and practical text Many examples and cases A multi-functional management approach

Greening Society

The Paradigm Shift in Dutch Environmental Politics

Author: P.J. Driessen,Pieter Glasbergen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401599580

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 264

View: 9148

This book can be regarded as a monograph on the debates and developments in Dutch environmental policy. It has been written with a specific perspective in mind. First and foremost, the line of approach we have taken was from a multidisciplinary social science point of view. The trend in environmental policy is looked at from the angle of sociology, policy studies and political science. Secondly, all analyses depart from the paradigm shift concept. This particular paradigm shift is based on the fact that a radical change has taken shape over the years in the way environmental issues are handled. Previously, environmental policy had always been characterised by is top-down approach in which government determined the actual objectives of policy and assumed that it could win over business, non governmental organisations and citizens to act in line with those objectives. There was also a great deal of faith in the technical solutions to environmental issues. Today's environmental policy is based on a totally different philosophy. Environmental objectives are now reached in association with business, non-governmental organisations and citizens. These actors are also involved in bringing environmental policy into practice. In other words, the implementation of policy has a more interactive nature. New relationships emerge between government, the market and civil society, and policy discourses also become integrated. The environmental interest is more often weighed against the econom1c interests, the spatial development and against social justice.

Greening Business

Profiting the Corporation and the Environment

Author: Paul Shrivastava

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 255

View: 5993

The author presents a detailed and informative picture of critical environmentally-related issues facing business today. Shrivastava leads readers through the compelling argument that taking environmental responsiblity is good for profits. He'll show why greening is necessary, how it benefits companies, and how to get started.

The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems

Author: Braden R. Allenby,Deanna J. Richards

Publisher: National Academies


Category: Science

Page: 259

View: 9440

Explores the emerging framework for making environmental factors an integral part of economic and business decision making

Climate Change Policy in North America

Designing Integration in a Regional System

Author: A. Neil Craik,Isabel Studer,Debora Van Nijnatten

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442666366

Category: Political Science

Page: 376

View: 4716

While no supranational institutions exist to govern climate change in North America, a system of cooperation among a diverse range of actors and institutions is currently emerging. Given the range of interests that influence climate policy across political boundaries, can these distinct parts be integrated into a coherent, and ultimately resilient system of regional climate cooperation? Climate Change Policy in North America is the first book to examine how cooperation respecting climate change can emerge within decentralized governance arrangements. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines provide in-depth case studies of climate cooperation initiatives – such as emissions trading, energy cooperation, climate finance, carbon accounting and international trade – as well as analysis of the institutional, political, and economic conditions that influence climate policy integration.

Carbon Shock

A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy

Author: Mark Schapiro

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585575

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 9830

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Green to Gold

How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

Author: Daniel Esty,Andrew Winston

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470393742

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 408

View: 7649

From the Publishers Weekly review: "Two experts from Yale tackle the business wake-up-call du jour-environmental responsibility-from every angle in this thorough, earnest guidebook: pragmatically, passionately, financially and historically. Though "no company the authors know of is on a truly long-term sustainable course," Esty and Winston label the forward-thinking, green-friendly (or at least green-acquainted) companies WaveMakers and set out to assess honestly their path toward environmental responsibility, and its impact on a company's bottom line, customers, suppliers and reputation. Following the evolution of business attitudes toward environmental concerns, Esty and Winston offer a series of fascinating plays by corporations such as Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita (Banana), the bad guys who made good, and the good guys-watchdogs and industry associations, mostly-working behind the scenes. A vast number of topics huddle beneath the umbrella of threats to the earth, and many get a thorough analysis here: from global warming to electronic waste "take-back" legislation to subsidizing sustainable seafood. For the responsible business leader, this volume provides plenty of (organic) food for thought. "

Green China

Sustainable Growth in East and West

Author: Taco C.R. van Someren,Shuhua van Someren-Wang

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642288103

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 226

View: 6481

China is creating the third growth wave in the sustainable sector. This greening of the Chinese economy offers threats and opportunities for Western organizations. Getting a piece of this new cake requires strategic innovations in both policy and corporate strategy. Based on the theory of strategic innovation and their extensive practical experiences in doing business with China, the authors propose potential areas and activities for strategic innovation in the West in response to Green China.

The Greening of Industry

A Risk Management Approach

Author: John David Graham,Jennifer Kassalow Hartwell

Publisher: Harvard School of Public Health, Frangois-Xavier Bagnoud Cen


Category: Medical

Page: 304

View: 9490

Environmentalists often perceive the risk management approach to environmental and public health policy as a tool to block regulation of industrial pollution. In contrast, this book presents six case studies which provide examples of how federal risk-based regulation has encouraged industry's investment in pollution control. The authors trace the impact of risk management on the regulation of lead in gasoline, ozone-depleting chemicals, and emissions from the drycleaning, pulp and paper, coke, and municipal waste combustor industries.

The Handbook of Global Companies

Author: John Mikler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118326121

Category: Political Science

Page: 544

View: 7646

The Handbook of Global Companies brings together original research addressing the latest theories and empirical analysis surrounding the role of global companies in local, national, and international governance. Offers new insights into the role of global companies in relation to policy and governance at local, national, and international levels Brings together newly-commissioned research by a global team of established and up-and-coming scholars from the fields of international relations, political science, public policy, and beyond Considers the environmental and societal responsibilities of global corporations. Covers topics including the spatial locations of global companies; debate about the power they wield and their role as catalysts in new forms of governance; and the ways in which global companies share authority with the state and international organizations to drive policy processes Speculates on the broader potential and limitations of global governance

Nanotechnology and Tyres Greening Industry and Transport

Greening Industry and Transport

Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264209158


Page: 200

View: 3986

This report provides insights into the policy issues related to nanotechnology use in the tyre industry: the status of nanotechnology innovation, the economic and social costs and benefits, their safe use, and decision making.