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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 117-126; doi:10.3390/su2010117
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Eco-Efficiency Assessments as a Tool for Revealing the Environmental Improvement Potential of New Regulations

Received: 11 November 2009 / Accepted: 17 December 2009 / Published: 5 January 2010
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Abstract

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.
Keywords: eco-efficiency; regulations; LCC; environmental performance eco-efficiency; regulations; LCC; environmental performance
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Michelsen, O. Eco-Efficiency Assessments as a Tool for Revealing the Environmental Improvement Potential of New Regulations. Sustainability 2010, 2, 117-126.

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