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A large study has been undertaken on the interaction between business, the environment and technology. The study was based on a major literature review, coupled with technical visits and specialized support from 2 contractors.

The main findings are:
the improbability of the environmental business resulting in large aggregate employment creation and the need for better statistics and analyses;
the possibility of obtaining competitive advantage from the environmental movement through better communications between industry and the regulators;
the advantages of market based instruments over command and control instruments, and industry's lack of trust in the regulators;
the existence of a shift towards clean technologies, countered by the fact that current opportunities remain largely in the clean up business;
the need for greater use of cost benefit analyses (including socioeconomic aspects) and risk analyses in the setting of environmental objectives;
the need for adopting a systems approach in analyses of the environmental business. siness.

Additional information

Authors: ROGERS M D, JRC, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, Sevilla (EC)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16324 EN (1995) 38pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199512015 / Last updated on: 1995-12-11
Original language: en
Available languages: en