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Digging into Environmental Productivity: Is It All about Technology?

Filippo Belloc () and Edilio Valentini ()

Department of Economics University of Siena from Department of Economics, University of Siena

Abstract: We propose a mixture model approach to decompose environmental productivity into a managerial and a technological dimension, and to identify locally optimal technologies. For a large sample of plants covered by the EU Emission Trading System, we find that the average output gains, emissions being equal, that plants could reach by adopting the locally optimal technology and the best managerial practices available in the sector are 162% and 53% respectively, with significant cross-plant and cross-sector differentials. This data driven decomposition delivers important policy insights, as it helps predicting larger reductions in emission intensity from exible policies than from one-size-fits-all technology-based standards

Keywords: Environmental productivity; Emission intensity; Environmental technology; Environmental management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 L60 Q54 Q55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-ene, nep-env and nep-tid
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