The impact of environmental constraints on productivity improvement and energy efficiency in integrated paper and steel plants

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This paper presents a methodology and results for assessing the impact of production and energy efficiency, environmental regulation, and abatement capital expenditure constraints (e.g. capital rationing) on the productivity of energy and pollution intensive sectors. Energy is treated like any other production input when examining evidence of inefficiency. We find that capital rationing and environmental regulations do contribute to productivity and energy efficiency losses, but do not explain all of the production and energy inefficiencies observed in the paper industry. A summary of the energy source of production inefficiency found in the paper industry, is presented.. Each source is derived ... continued below

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Boyd, G. A. & McClelland, J. 1996-08~.

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  • Boyd, G. A. Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Decision and Information Sciences Div.
  • McClelland, J. Maryland Univ., College Park, MD (United States). Dept. of Economics

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This paper presents a methodology and results for assessing the impact of production and energy efficiency, environmental regulation, and abatement capital expenditure constraints (e.g. capital rationing) on the productivity of energy and pollution intensive sectors. Energy is treated like any other production input when examining evidence of inefficiency. We find that capital rationing and environmental regulations do contribute to productivity and energy efficiency losses, but do not explain all of the production and energy inefficiencies observed in the paper industry. A summary of the energy source of production inefficiency found in the paper industry, is presented.. Each source is derived as the incremental contribution., i.e. the first is constraints on capital, the second in environmental regulation not accounted for by the first, and the final component is production inefficiency that is not accounted for my any of the- environmental analysis. While the methods are very data intensive, they reveal much more that analysis of aggregate data, 1835 since the only plant level data can provide the estimates of inefficiency that this methodology employs.

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  • 17. annual North American conference of the International Association for Energy Economics, Boston, MA (United States), 26-30 Oct 1996

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  • Other: DE96014398
  • Report No.: ANL/DIS/CP--90976
  • Report No.: CONF-9610179--2
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 446026
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc676357

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Boyd, G. A. & McClelland, J. The impact of environmental constraints on productivity improvement and energy efficiency in integrated paper and steel plants, article, 1996-08~; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc676357/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.