[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

RE: Industry environmental initiative waning -- evidence from 33/50?

I'm a little late in responding to this part of the thread, but I thought that it would be interesting nonetheless to note that careful analysis of the 33/50 program suggests that many of the reductions attributed to it were overstated.  See, the important article by Kathryn Harrison:

Harrison, K.  1998.  "Talking with the Donkey: Cooperative Approaches to Environmental Protection" Journal of Industrial Ecology 2(2): 1-22.  [available at <mitpress.mit.edu/JIE/sample_articles>]

Reid Lifset
Industrial Environmental Management Program
Yale University

At 09:56 AM 12/17/2002 -0500, Iannuzzi, Al [JJCUS] wrote:

ok everyone - I work for industry and all I have to say is 33/50 program = 824 million pounds of toxic chemical releases removed from the environment, Green Lights & energy Star = Over 6 billion square feet of building space is now more energy efficient resulting in the elimination of 10.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide and significant amounts of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates and toxic metals.  All voluntary programs. 

Look at the annual environmental reports of companies - many are voluntarily reducing emissions.  The question is - how can we get more firms to voluntarily reduce pollutants?  Do we really think that going through the traditional regulatory process is the way to get more improvement?

Enforcement is necessary, but it is only a part of the picture. You have to do both to improve the environment in today's climate. 

Al Iannuzzi
WW Environmental Affairs
Fax 3296

-----Original Message-----
From: Minicucci, Bob [mailto:rminicucci@des.state.nh.us]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 9:05 AM
To: Melinda Dower; NPPR@great-lakes.net; P2Tech@great-lakes.net;
Subject: RE: Industry environmental initiative waning?

What are we doing to encourage that 10% in the 'leadership' category to become 20%, 50%, 98%?  (It'll never be 100%, after all.) 

Bob Minicucci

-----Original Message-----
From: Melinda Dower [mailto:Melinda.Dower@dep.state.nj.us]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 9:00 AM
To: NPPR@great-lakes.net; P2Tech@great-lakes.net; Todd_MacFadden@uml.edu
Subject: Re: Industry environmental initiative waning?

Having been a "closet enforcer" for many years, I am heartened to see
everyone's conclusions about the limited effectiveness of voluntary
programs--I feel like I can come out of the closet now. Even here in NJ, where P2 Planning is mandatory but implementation of P2 measures is

voluntary, I have had numerous corporate representatives comment that
they would be implementing much more P2 if it were mandatory.
Regulations drive corporate behavior far more than anything voluntary
(with the exception of the maybe 10% high performers who are doing great P2 and have integrated P2 into their own performance measures).

It is also important to note that government has not delivered on its
promises to provide flexibility.

Melinda Dower
Research Scientist
N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
p2tech is hosted by the Great Lakes Information Network:
To unsubscribe from this list: send mail to majordomo@great-lakes.net
with the command 'unsubscribe p2tech' in the body of your message. No
quotes or subject line are required.
About : http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/p2tech/p2tech.info
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Reid J. Lifset, Assoc. Dir.                     School of Forestry & Env. Studies
Industrial Environmental Mgmt. Program  Yale University
Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology           205 Prospect Street
203-432-6949 (tel)  -5912 (fax)                 New Haven, CT   06511-2189  USA
Program on Solid Waste Policy
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University
205 Prospect Street
New Haven,CT 06511-2189  USA
203-432-3253 (telephone)
203-432-5912 (fax)