Seemingly Unrelated Interventions: Environmental Management Systems in the Workplace and Energy Conservation Behaviors at Home

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Toshi H. Arimura

Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics

Kazuyuki Iwata

Takasaki City University of Economics - Regional Policy

Hajime Katayama

Waseda University - School of Commerce

Mari Sakudo

Development Bank of Japan

Date Written: May 11, 2018

Abstract

To reduce their environmental impacts, a growing number of organizations worldwide have implemented environmental management systems (EMSs). In these organizations, energy conservation activities become usual behaviors for employees; thus, we hypothesize that employees continue such energy conservation behaviors at home. This hypothesis is supported by data from surveys of individuals in Japan. Specifically, we find that the probability of engaging in energy conservation practices at home is higher and that expenditures on electricity use are lower for individuals who work in organizations that implement EMSs than for individuals who do not work in organizations with EMSs. Our results suggest that beyond the original purpose of helping organizations reduce their environmental impacts, EMSs work as an intervention to promote household energy conservation.

Keywords: Conservation Behaviors, Electricity, Environmental Management System, Energy Efficiency, Household Electricity Expenditure

JEL Classification: Q40, Q50

Suggested Citation

Arimura, Toshihide H. and Iwata, Kazuyuki and Katayama, Hajime and Sakudo, Mari, Seemingly Unrelated Interventions: Environmental Management Systems in the Workplace and Energy Conservation Behaviors at Home (May 11, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3183817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3183817

Toshihide H. Arimura (Contact Author)

Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics ( email )

1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050, Tokyo 169-8050
Japan

Kazuyuki Iwata

Takasaki City University of Economics - Regional Policy ( email )

United States

Hajime Katayama

Waseda University - School of Commerce ( email )

School of Commerce, Waseda University
1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda Shinjyuku-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo 169 - 8050
Japan

Mari Sakudo

Development Bank of Japan ( email )

9-1
Otemachi 1-chome Chiyoda-ku
Toyko, 100-0004
United States

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