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Product Sustainability Index (ProdSI)

Mohannad Shuaib, University of Kentucky
Daniel Seevers, University of Kentucky
Xiangxue Zhang, University of Kentucky
Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky
Keith E. Rouch, University of Kentucky
I.S. Jawahir, University of Kentucky

The Next Generation of Trade and Environment Conflicts: The Rise of Green Industrial Policy

Mark Wu, Harvard Law School
James Salzman, Duke University - School of Law

Impact of Allowance Submissions in European Carbon Emission Markets

Dennis Philip, Durham University Business School
Yukun Shi, Durham Business School

Transnational Communication and Domestic Environmental Policy Learning (Communication Transnationale Et Apprentissage National De La Politique Environnementale)

Sietske Veenman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Duncan Liefferink, Nijmegen University

Co-Producing Sustainability Indicators for the Port of Antwerp: How Sustainability Reporting Creates New Discursive Spaces for Concern and Mobilisation (Coproduire Des Indicateurs De Sustainabilité Pour Le Port D'Anvers. Comment Le Rapportage De La Sustainabilité Peut-Il Créer De Nouveaux Espaces Discursifs D’Investissment Et De Mobilisation?)

Anne Bergmas, University of Antwerp
Frédéric Vandermoere, University of Antwerp
Ilse Loots, University of Antwerp

Environment and Neoliberalism: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Three Italian Cases (Environnement Et Néolibéralisme: Une Analyse Critique Du Discours De Trois Cas Italiens)

Dario Colombo, University of Genoa
Manuela Porcu, Universita di Cagliari - Faculty of Law


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"Product Sustainability Index (ProdSI)" Fee Download
Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 491-507, 2014

MOHANNAD SHUAIB, University of Kentucky
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DANIEL SEEVERS, University of Kentucky
XIANGXUE ZHANG, University of Kentucky
FAZLEENA BADURDEEN, University of Kentucky
KEITH E. ROUCH, University of Kentucky
I.S. JAWAHIR, University of Kentucky

As a result of the rapidly depleting global resources, continuing climate change and increasing environmental pollution, and the associated growth in customer awareness, improving product sustainability has become a global trend. Comprehensive sustainability assessment techniques are needed to assess a product's sustainability performance throughout its entire life cycle. This article presents the Product Sustainability Index (ProdSI) methodology and its application. This methodology is metrics based and provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall product sustainability throughout its total life cycle, covering the four life cycle stages: pre?manufacturing; manufacturing; use; and postuse. In this article, first the fundamentals of sustainable manufacturing and product sustainability assessment (PSA) are presented, followed by a review of existing PSA methodologies. Major product sustainability elements that are used to define product sustainability clusters and individual sustainability metrics are then presented. Finally, the ProdSI methodology for PSA, which follows a hierarchical approach for sustainability metrics identification and overall PSA, is introduced. The application of the methodology is demonstrated in a numerical example of ProdSI evaluation for two generations of a consumer electronics component.

"The Next Generation of Trade and Environment Conflicts: The Rise of Green Industrial Policy" Free Download
Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 108, No. 2, 2014

MARK WU, Harvard Law School
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JAMES SALZMAN, Duke University - School of Law
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A major shift is transforming the trade and environment field, triggered by governments’ rising use of industrial policies to spark nascent renewable energy industries and to restrict exports of certain minerals in the face of political economy constraints. While economically distorting, these policies do produce significant economic and environmental benefits. At the same time, they often violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, leading to increasingly harsh conflicts between trading partners.

This Article presents a comprehensive analysis of these emerging conflicts, arguing that they represent a sharp break from past trade and environment disputes. It examines the causes of the shift and the nature of the industrial policies at issue. The ascendance of these Next Generation conflicts transforms both the international and domestic political economies of trade litigation and environmental policy. It raises implications for the choice of forum for trade litigation, the divide between industrialized and developing countries’ strategic interests, the stability of domestic political alliances, and the availability of WTO legal exceptions for environmental measures.

Perhaps surprisingly, the most worrisome implication of Next Generation cases for both environmental protection and trade liberalization arises from often-overlooked trade remedy laws. The choice of litigation forum matters greatly because the compliance options differ depending on the forum. As a result, the environmentally harmful consequences of Next Generation cases are likely to be greater in domestic trade remedies cases than in WTO dispute settlement cases. To mitigate the environmental harms from Next Generation cases and reduce the threat of a green trade war, this Article suggests that we focus on reforming domestic trade remedies rules.

"Impact of Allowance Submissions in European Carbon Emission Markets" Free Download

DENNIS PHILIP, Durham University Business School
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YUKUN SHI, Durham Business School
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This paper studies the impact of the April allowance submissions mandate under the European Union emission trading scheme (EU ETS) in carbon emission markets. Using intraday order flow data, we test for the cross-market efficiency of spot-futures dynamics and find that the equilibrium level, adjustment speed and no-arbitrage boundaries of the spot and futures relationship shift subsequent to the submission date. In addition, our results show that the allowance submissions affect the price discovery process, with the carbon spot market providing stronger price leadership in the periods before the submission date and the futures market playing the predominant informational role thereafter. Using the heterogeneous autoregressive realized volatility (HAR-RV) model, we also find a change in volatility spillovers before the submission date, particularly from the spot to the futures market. Overall, the results suggest that the April allowance submissions have significant impact on the time series dynamics of spot and futures carbon emission markets.

"Transnational Communication and Domestic Environmental Policy Learning (Communication Transnationale Et Apprentissage National De La Politique Environnementale)" Free Download
VEENMAN, Sietske and Liefferink, Duncan, Transnational Communication and Domestic Environmental Policy Learning, ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, Vol. 7, No 1(13), 2014.

SIETSKE VEENMAN, Radboud University Nijmegen
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DUNCAN LIEFFERINK, Nijmegen University
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English Abstract: This article seeks to provide patterns of how transnational communication may lead to domestic policy learning. Existing theories of policy learning, policy diffusion and policy convergence assume that transnational communication may lead to domestic policy learning and policy change, but do not suggest general, empirically investigated patterns. Two case studies on the policy of noise abatement around airports and the policy of contaminated land show that different venues in which transnational communication takes place may induce different types of policy change at the national level.

French Abstract: Cet article consiste à mettre en évidence comment la communication transnationale peut conduire à l’apprentissage politique national. Même si les théories de l’apprentissage politique, de la diffusion politique et de la convergence politique peuvent conduire à l’apprentissage politique national et au changement politique, elles ne proposent pas de modèles de recherche généraux, empiriques. Les deux études de cas, l’une sur la pollution sonore autour des aéroports, et l’autre sur les terres contaminées illustreront les diverses façons dont la communication transnationale tende à induire différentes formes de changement politique au niveau national.

"Co-Producing Sustainability Indicators for the Port of Antwerp: How Sustainability Reporting Creates New Discursive Spaces for Concern and Mobilisation (Coproduire Des Indicateurs De Sustainabilité Pour Le Port D'Anvers. Comment Le Rapportage De La Sustainabilité Peut-Il Créer De Nouveaux Espaces Discursifs D’Investissment Et De Mobilisation?)" Free Download
BERGMAS, Anne, VANDERMOERE, Frédéric and LOOTS, Ilse, Co-Producing Sustainability Indicators for the Port of Antwerp: How Sustainability Reporting Creates New Discursive Spaces for Concern and Mobilisation, ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, Vol. 7, No 1(13), 2014.

ANNE BERGMAS, University of Antwerp
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FRÉDÉRIC VANDERMOERE, University of Antwerp
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ILSE LOOTS, University of Antwerp
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English Abstract: In this article we discuss the port of Antwerp’s sustainability reporting initiative, reporting on the joint performance of the harbour community, as a process of co-production. By means of ‘stakeholder elicitation’ and in interaction with the port’s sustainability reporting initiative we investigated potentially meaningful indicators (mainly qualitative in nature) for environmental nuisance and citizen participation as aspects of responsible care. Reflecting on this work, we argue that such initiatives not only produce new sustainability indicators and standards, but also encourage dialogue through which identities are formed and a sense of (port) community is established.

French Abstract: Dans cet article nous analyserons l’initiative du port d’Anvers de rapportage de la sustainabilité, c’est-à-dire de faire des rapports sur la performance globale de la communauté portuaire, en tant processus de coproduction. Nous avons examiné les indicateurs pertinents pour les nuisances environnementales dans ce rapport de sustainabilité. Un ensemble d’indicateurs potentiels (de nature principalement qualitative) portant sur la prise en compte de la perception des nuisances et de la participation citoyenne comme aspects de l’approche responsable a été développé par le biais de la « sollicitation des parties intéressées » et en interaction avec l’initiative du port en matière de rapportage de la sustainabilité. Nous avons estimé non seulement que de telles initiatives produisent de nouveaux indicateurs et standards de sustainabilité, mais également que grâce au dialogue des identités se créent et un sentiment de communauté (portuaire) nait.

"Environment and Neoliberalism: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Three Italian Cases (Environnement Et Néolibéralisme: Une Analyse Critique Du Discours De Trois Cas Italiens)" Free Download
COLOMBO, Dario and PORCU, Manuela, Environment and neoliberalism: a critical discourse analysis of three Italian cases, ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, Vol.7, No 1(13), 2014.

DARIO COLOMBO, University of Genoa
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MANUELA PORCU, Universita di Cagliari - Faculty of Law
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English Abstract: In this paper we will examine the economic integration of environmental discourses using three examples chosen among the three main administrative levels of Italian State: central, regional and municipal. Through the application of Critical Discourse Analysis tools, an interdisciplinary research approach that combines linguistic analysis and social theory, the paper will analyze discursive strategies, interests at stake, use of language and changes of meanings. The selected texts will be interpreted as spaces of representation and social interaction, within an order of discourse dominated by the neoliberal frame.

Italian Abstract: Dans cet article nous examinerons l’intégration économique des discours environnementaux à partir de trois exemples choisis parmi les principaux niveaux administratifs de l’Etat italien : central, régional et municipal. Grâce à l’utilisation des outils de l’analyse critique du discours, approche de recherche interdisciplinaire qui combine l’analyse linguistique et la théorie sociale, l’article se focalisera sur l’analyse des stratégies discursives, des intérêts et des enjeux, de l’utilisation du langage et des changements du sens. Le corpus choisi sera considéré en tant qu’espace de représentation et d’interaction sociale, dans l’ordre du discours dominé par un cadre néolibéral.

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