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Seemingly Unrelated Interventions: Environmental Management Systems in the Workplace and Energy Saving Practices at Home

Toshi Arimura (), Kazuyuki Iwata (), Hajime Katayama () and Mari Sakudo ()
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Kazuyuki Iwata: Matsuyama University
Mari Sakudo: University of Tsukuba

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2021, vol. 80, issue 4, No 5, 794 pages

Abstract: Abstract To reduce their environmental impacts, a growing number of organizations worldwide have implemented environmental management systems (EMSs). In these organizations, energy conservation activities become usual behaviors for employees; thus, we hypothesize that employees continue such energy saving behaviors at home. This hypothesis is supported by data from surveys of individuals in Japan. Specifically, we find that the probability of engaging in energy saving practices at home is higher and that expenditures on electricity use are lower for individuals who work in organizations that implement EMSs than for individuals who do not work in organizations with EMSs. Our results suggest that beyond the original purpose of helping organizations reduce their environmental impacts, EMSs work as an intervention to promote household energy saving.

Keywords: Energy saving practices; Electricity; Environmental management system; ISO14001; Energy efficiency; Household electricity expenditure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q40 Q50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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