9781933115375

Reality Check: The Nature And Performance of Voluntary Environmental Programs in the United States, Europe, And Japan

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    9781933115375

  • ISBN10:

    1933115378

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-02-01
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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Summary

Since the early 1990s, voluntary programs have played an increasingly prominent role in environmental management in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. Programs have attempted to address problems ranging from climate change and energy efficiency, to more localized air and water pollution problems. But do they work? Despite a growing theoretical literature, there is limited empirical evidence on their success or the situations most conducive to the approaches. Even less is known about their cost-effectiveness. Getting credible answers is important. Research to date has been largely limited to individual programs. This innovative book seeks to clarify what is known by looking at a range of program types, including different approaches adopted in different nations. The focus is on assessing actual performance via seven case studies, including the U.S. Climate Wise program, the U.S. EPA's 33/50 program on toxic chemicals, the U.K. Climate Change Agreements, and the Keidanren Voluntary Action Plan in Japan. The central goals of Reality Check are understanding outcomes and, more specifically, the relationship between outcomes and design. By including in-depth analyses by experts from the U.S., Europe, and Japan, the book advances scholarship and provides practical information for the future design of voluntary programs to stakeholders and policymakers on all sides of the Atlantic and Pacific.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: The Challenge of Evaluating Voluntary Programsp. 1
The U.S. 33/50 Voluntary Program: Its Design and Effectivenessp. 15
Japan's Keidanren Voluntary Action Plan on the Environmentp. 43
Climate Change Agreements in the United Kingdom: A Successful Policy Experience?p. 64
Evaluation of the Danish Agreements on Industrial Energy Efficiencyp. 86
Assessing Voluntary Commitments in the German Cement Industry: The Importance of Baselinesp. 105
Evaluating Voluntary U.S. Climate Programs: The Case of Climate Wisep. 118
The Evaluation of Residential Utility Demand-Side Management Programs in Californiap. 138
Concluding Observations: What Can We Learn from the Case Studies?p. 166
Indexp. 187
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