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RE: Industry environmental initiative waning -- evidence from33/5 0?



I included voluntary reporting in my sustainability course last year <http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre105/>  The students noted that the only positive reports on the 33/50 Program were published by EPA and some of the participating firms.  There are far more negative reports.  Reid only provided the list with one such article.  OECD also has a great book on voluntary reporting.  The USA is one of the only countries using this method.  Many other countries have a tendency to negotiated agreements instead (e.g., Dutch Covenants and Yokohama Agreements).  The number of lawyers in the USA makes this very difficult to do here.

Bob Pojasek
Harvard University

At 03:49 PM 12/20/2002 -0500, you wrote:

So how much really was reduced voluntarily?  The EPA reported these savings to the public.  Are the Energy Star savings also over stated? 

Al Iannuzzi
WW Environmental Affairs
732-524-6382
Fax 3296


-----Original Message-----
From: Melinda Dower [mailto:Melinda.Dower@dep.state.nj.us]
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 3:24 PM
To: NPPR@great-lakes.net; p2tech@great-lakes.net; pswp@yale.edu
Subject: RE: Industry environmental initiative waning -- evidence
from33/50?

Not only were they overstated, many of the chemicals were banned and
therefore had to be replaced.
Melinda Dower
NJDEP
(609) 292-1122

>>> Program on Solid Waste Policy <pswp@yale.edu> 12/20/02 03:20PM >>>
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
>732-524-6382
>Fax 3296
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Minicucci, Bob
>[<mailto:rminicucci@des.state.nh.us>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;
>Todd_MacFadden@uml.edu
>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
>NH DES
>603-271-2941
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Melinda Dower
>[<mailto:Melinda.Dower@dep.state.nj.us>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
>
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