The Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Energy-Efficiency Improvement in Firms: The Dutch Experience / Edition 1

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"The Netherlands and some neighboring countries in Europe have implemented a variety of policy instruments since 1990. These include investment subsidies, voluntary agreements on energy-efficiency, direct regulation and taxes. How effective are these measures?" "This book presents theoretical insight in the investment behaviour of firms, and moreover it provides a wealth of empirical results on the effectiveness of policy instruments. It discusses issues such as free rider effects of subsidies, the credibility of voluntary agreements, the art of regulation and the fate of R&D money. It tells stories of success but also stories of failure." "For everyone active in energy and climate policy, this volume is source of knowledge." The book is written by a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in economics, environmental sciences and innovation theory, led by an acknowledged expert on technology and policy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402019654
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 5/31/2004
  • Series: Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science Series, #15
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A framework for analysing the adoption of energy-efficient technologies 9
3 Subsidising the adoption of energy-efficient technologies : an empirical analysis of the free-rider effect 31
4 Energy-efficiency standards 51
5 Negotiated agreements 71
6 Government intervention strategies in stimulating the R&D of energy-efficient technologies 97
7 Instrument choice and energy-efficiency improvement by firms : an empirical analysis 127
8 Policy instruments for technology adoption : a model for analysing the diffusion of energy-efficient technologies 151
9 Conclusions 169
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