Eco-Efficiency assessments as a tool for revealing the environmental improvement potential of new regulations
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionSustainability 2010, 2:117-126 10.3390/su2010117
Public regulations can result in improved environmental performance of products. In this paper eco-efficiency is used to assess the most likely outcome of potential new regulations. The paper presents a case study of furniture production in Norway where different scenarios for improving the environmental performance of the products are presented. Four regulatory options for imposing environmental improvements are assessed; (1) an introduction of a tax on emissions, (2) an increase of the tax on landfills, (3) an introduction of a tax on raw material consumption, and (4) introduction of take-back legislation.