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Seemingly Unrelated Interventions:Environmental Management Systems in the Workplace and Energy Conservation Behaviors at Home

Toshi Arimura, Kazuyuki Iwata, Hajime Katayama and Mari Sakudo
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Mari Sakudo: Research Institute of Capital Formation, Development Bank of Japan, Japan Economic Research Institute, and Research Institute for Environmental Economics and Management, Waseda University, Japan

RIEEM Discussion Paper Series from Research Institute for Environmental Economics and Management, Waseda University

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 conservation 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 conservation 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 conservation.

Keywords: Conservation Behaviors; Electricity; Environmental Management System; Energy Efficiency; Household Electricity Expenditure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q40 Q50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2018-05
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