A comprehensive analysis of cleaner production policies in China
2016 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 135, 1138-1149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Studies of cleaner production have often focused on two domains: the applications and the effects. An ever-increasing importance of cleaner production is pushing researchers to pay more attention to the formulation and principles of cleaner production policies. However, there is nearly none of the previous research that systematically and comprehensively analyses the development processes of cleaner production policies and exploring their characteristics deeply. The missing study is important in not only contributing to the perfection of cleaner production policies but also influencing the strategic planning of firms. This paper bridges this gap by first presenting a comprehensive study of the development process of cleaner production policies and then exploring their characteristics. We choose China, the biggest developing country and one of the most challenging countries to implement cleaner production, as the main research target and in addition a number of other developed and developing countries for comparisons. To investigate deeper into the characteristics of cleaner production in China, all the major policies and regulations issued by central ministries from 1997 to 2013 have been studied, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the research. By employing T-LAB software with linguistic and statistical content analysis method, this paper derives following conclusions. (1) "audit", "implementation" and "environmental" have the highest correlation coefficients with cleaner production; (2) cleaner production policies focus on four themes: "pilot", "indicator", "people" and "list"; (3) the formulation and implementation of cleaner production policies are endowed with typical characteristics of collaboration; (4) the characteristics of cleaner production policies are typically constraining types that evidently guide and regulate the behaviours of firms. This paper contributes as a general important reference of cleaner production policies for governments and firms especially in developing countries. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2016. Vol. 135, 1138-1149 p.
Cleaner production; Policies; Content analysis; China
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131869DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.06.190ISI: 000382792900097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-131869DiVA: diva2:1036461
Funding Agencies|National Natural Science Foundation of China ; Soft Science Research Program of Hubei Province [2012GDA00303]; International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Projects of Wuhan City 2016-10-132016-10-112016-10-13