The Handbook of Environmental Voluntary Agreements - Design, Implementation and Evaluation Issues
Edited by Edoardo Croci
Environmental voluntary agreements (VAs) between regulators and polluters are becoming an increasingly
relevant environmental policy instrument, thanks to their flexibility and consensual character. These agreements
can assume a wide variety of forms and aims. Efficiency conditions and effectiveness in their use depend on their
design, rules of implementation and framework conditions.
Hardback 391 pp ISBN 9781402033551
The book provides a comprehensive economic theory and analysis of environmental voluntary agreements, which
takes into account the variety of forms and application situations characterizing this environmental policy instrument.
Common methodologies, implementation rules and evaluation criteria for researchers, policy makers and business
operators in the use of environmental voluntary agreements are discussed.
Case analysis complements the theoretical analysis. A European and an American approach to VAs are
distinguished, and cases in China and Australia are also included. National and sector experiences are investigated
in order to consider the full range of applications which the flexibility of VAs allows. Opportunities and risks in the
use of VAs are examined. Their evaluation, also in comparison and in conjunction with other policy tools, is performed.
VAs are still an instrument in evolution, so the trends in their design and enforcement rules are considered.
The authors are mainly economists and law scholars from Universities, research centers, environmental agencies
and international institutions. The book is destined to researchers, scholars and graduate and post-graduate students.
Most contributions can be of great interest also for environmental officers in various Public Administration administrative
and technical bodies and for environmental managers and consultants.
Of interest to researchers, students (graduate and post-graduate in environmental economics, policy and management),
policy makers at national and local levels, firm and industrial association practitioners
1. Voluntary agreements in environmental policy.
2. The poltical economy of voluntary agreements.
- The economics of environmental voluntary agreements;
- Corporate self-regulation and multi-stakeholder dialogue; P. A. Mazurkiewicz.
3. The European and the American approach to environmental voluntary agreements.
- Voluntary agreements in a rent-seeking environment;
- Aspects of the political economy of environmental voluntary agreements - a meta study; L.G. Hansen.
4. Design, negotiation and implementation of environmental voluntary agreements: national and sector
- The evolution
of environmental agreements at the level of the European Union G. Schnabl.
- The use of voluntary approaches
for environmental policymaking in the U.S. K. Brouhle, C. Griffiths and A. Wolverton.
- Negotiated regulation,
implementation and compliance in the United States. N.A. Ashford and C.C. Caldart.
5. Evaluation of environmental voluntary agreements.
- Efficiency standards versus negotiated agreements in the European electrical appliance sector; P.
- Implementing the duty of acceptance in Flemish waste policy: the role of environmental voluntary
agreements; M. de Clercq and R. Bracke.
- Environmental voluntary agreements in Portugal: characterisation
and implementation; M. Cabugueira.
- Designing energy conservation voluntary agreements for the industrial
sector in China: experience from a pilot project with two steel mills in Shandong Province; L. Price, E.
Worrell and J. Sinton.
6. Environmental voluntary agreements in policy mixes.
- On the assessment of environmental voluntary
agreements in Europe: lessons to be learned from a comparative case study analysis; M. de Clercq and R. Bracke.
- Environmental voluntary agreements in the Dutch context; H. Bressers and T. de Bruijn.
- Analysing the effectiveness of an environmental voluntary agreement: the case of the Australian national packaging covenant; R.L. Burritt, H.
Lewis and K. James.
- Towards an integrated performance indicator for (energy) benchmarking covenants with industry;
J. Couder and A. Verbruggen.
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- Environmental agreements used in combination
with other policy instruments; N.A. Braathen.
- Using the benchmarking covenant for allocating emission allowances:
are we still moving ahead? A.W.N. van Dril.
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