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Is the Swedish environmental technology sector 'green'?
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3167-9389
2011 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 19, no 8, 827-835 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Environmental technology (ET) sector delivers environmentally preferably products. Little is known about whether companies in the ET sector set environmental objectives relating to their own production processes. This paper presents results from an online survey on environmental work in enterprises listed by the Swedish Environmental Technology Council (Swentec). The survey found that depending on the specific subsector, only between 21% and 45% of companies provide information about their environmental work on their website. This paper proposes environmental aspects of production and products as bases for corporate greening and for de fining‘green’and‘green-green’business and identifies three main motivations for the companies within ET sector to operate as ‘green-green’businesses:‘competitiveadvantage’, ‘environmental responsibility’ and ‘environmental leadership’.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 19, no 8, 827-835 p.
Keyword [en]
Cleantech, Environmental goods and services sector, Environmental technology sector, 'Green' business, 'Green-green' business, Product and productionb related environmental aspects
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Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-18660DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.09.007ISI: 000288978100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79952441022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-18660DiVA: diva2:613366
Available from: 2013-03-27 Created: 2013-03-27 Last updated: 2014-12-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Corporate Greening: Product and Production Perspectives
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Corporate Greening: Product and Production Perspectives
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes corporate greening in general, and specifically the environmental technology (ET) sector as a green sector. The thesis has also particular focus on production and products related aspects and the influence of the environmental profile of the ET sector on the environmental engagement of companies in the sector. The study is based on a questionnaire-based survey, online surveys and on semi-structured open-ended interviews. The organizations within the ET sector were identified using existing platforms within this sector: Sustainability Sweden and Swentec. The results show that not all companies and industry associations in the ET sector clearly distinguish between product and production related environmental aspects. Furthermore, the product related environmental profile, which constitutes the legitimacy for the sector, can influence companies’ environmental strategy, not only positively but also negatively. The results from the survey on Global Supersector Leaders 2009/2010 in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) show that all companies are aware of production and product related environmental issues. Based on results from this survey a model of corporate environmental profile consisting of product and production oriented activities as well as initiatives that go beyond the core business operations is proposed. These initiatives can be divided into two groups: environmental education and environmental projects and sponsorship. This thesis proposes products and production related impacts and environmental activities as bases for defining corporate environmental profiles, corporate greening, and for defining ‘green’ and ‘green-green’ business as well as environmental leaders. The distinction between product and production related environmental initiatives as well as the other dimensions of the proposed model in this thesis can support companies in their communication of environmental performance and environmental activities.  Furthermore, ‘competitive advantage’, ‘environmental responsibility’ and ‘environmental leadership’ should motivate companies within the ET sector to be ‘vocal’ green-green firms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2013. 116 p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 137
Keyword
Greening, ‘Green’ business; ‘Green-green’ business; Environmental leaders; Environmental profile; Environmental technology; Product and production; Communicating; CSR; Ecopreneurs, Företags miljöarbete; ’Gröna’ företag; ’Grön-gröna’ företag; Miljöledande företag och organisationer; Miljöteknik; Produkt och tillverkning; Kommunikation; CSR; Ecoprenörer
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-18667 (URN)978-91-7485-105-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-05-24, Lambda, Mälardalens högskola, Högskoleplan 1, Västerås, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-03-28 Created: 2013-03-27 Last updated: 2015-11-16Bibliographically approved

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