Strategic Approaches to CO2 Emissions - The Case of the Cement Industry and of the Chemical Industry

21 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2014

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Diane-Laure Arjaliès

Ivey Business School at Western University

Cécile Goubet

Caisse des Depots et Consignations - CDC Climat

Jean Pierre Ponssard

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie

Date Written: February 21, 2014

Abstract

The ability of companies to turn an environmental constraint into a source of strategic opportunities is a controversial topic in published research. The article, which is based on a comparative study of the CO2 emission reduction strategies implemented by the cement and chemical industries, shows that companies’ freedom to adopt a proactive approach to sustainable development is severely constrained by the characteristic features of the sector, in terms of its dependence on natural resources, of flexibility in the composition of the business portfolio, and of the structure of the downstream sector.

Keywords: CO2, sustainable development, corporate strategy, innovation

JEL Classification: Q580

Suggested Citation

Arjaliès, Diane-Laure and Goubet, Cécile and Ponssard, Jean Pierre, Strategic Approaches to CO2 Emissions - The Case of the Cement Industry and of the Chemical Industry (February 21, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4644. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407840

Diane-Laure Arjaliès (Contact Author)

Ivey Business School at Western University ( email )

London, Ontario
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/faculty/directory/diane-laure-arjalies/

Cécile Goubet

Caisse des Depots et Consignations - CDC Climat ( email )

47 rue de la Victoire
Paris, FRANCE 75009
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.cdcclimat.com

Jean Pierre Ponssard

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie ( email )

1 rue Descartes
Paris, 75005
France

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