Innovation and diffusion of environmental technology: industrial NOx abatement in Sweden under refunded emission payments

Sterner, Thomas and Turnheim, Bruno (2009) Innovation and diffusion of environmental technology: industrial NOx abatement in Sweden under refunded emission payments. Ecological Economics, 68 (12). pp. 2996-3006. ISSN 09218009

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Abstract

We study the actual process of technical change in the case of NOx abatement from large stationary sources that have been regulated by very forceful policies in Sweden. Considerable progress has been made in lowering aggregate emissions and this paper seeks to disaggregate average industry improvements to study how much of it is due to innovations by first movers, and how much is achieved by adoption and diffusion of technology. We find both factors very important. Innovation has been rapid: the best firms have cut emissions on the order of 70%. In spite of this, reductions have actually been even more rapid for the majority of firms so that the median firms have caught up with best practice. We analyze various characteristics of the technological change observed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD2350.8 Large industry. Factory system. Big business > HD3611 Industrial policy. The state and industrial organisation Including licensing of occupations and professions, subsidies, inspection, government ownership, municipal services
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD0169 Environmental protection
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD0172 Environmental pollution
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD0194 Environmental effects of industries and plants
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD0878 Special types of environment Including soil pollution, air pollution, noise pollution
Depositing User: Bruno Turnheim
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 11:49
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 11:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43053
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