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Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 4858-4876; doi:10.3390/su6084858

Dynamics of Sewage Charge Policies, Environmental Protection Industry and Polluting Enterprises—A Case Study in China

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School of Energy and Power Engineering, Shandong University, 17923 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061, China
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School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide 5000, Australia
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School of Municipal and Environmental Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Fengming Road, Lingang Development Zone, Jinan 250100, China
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School of Economic and Management, Northwest University, Xi'an 710069, China
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Shandong Academy of Macroeconomic Research, Jinan 250014, China
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Received: 20 February 2014 / Revised: 18 July 2014 / Accepted: 24 July 2014 / Published: 31 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

The game model of sewage charges, based on incremental mode, was developed. Four modes of high/low sewage charge standards were utilized to analyze the relationship between control strategy on sewage discharge and the development of environmental protection industry. Results showed that the selection of control strategy was heavily dependent on the level of sewage charges. An empirical study was carried out to investigate the environmental protection industry in 31 regions in China in 2010. It was revealed that the sewage charge standards, formulated by the local governments and the development of environmental protection industry, varied significantly in different regions. The optimal level of environmental quality and social welfare, as a whole, was not achieved in China. It is proposed that different regions should adopt different sewage charges standards based on their economic development level and the current environmental quality. Similarly, the scientific and technological innovation of environmental protection industry should be further strengthened. View Full-Text
Keywords: game model; environmental policy; environmental protection industry, polluting enterprise; sustainable development game model; environmental policy; environmental protection industry, polluting enterprise; sustainable development
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Wang, Q.; Yuan, X.; Zuo, J.; Mu, R.; Zhou, L.; Sun, M. Dynamics of Sewage Charge Policies, Environmental Protection Industry and Polluting Enterprises—A Case Study in China. Sustainability 2014, 6, 4858-4876.

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