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Following the study entitled The Environmental Business (IPTS 1993) it was decided to carry out a series of illustrative micro-economic case studies the first of which is presented here. It concerns a Japanese company and an end-of-pipe technology, flue gas desulphurization.
The main parameters studied were competitiveness, technology and employment with the following results.
There is a demonstrated first mover advantage which arose due to the early introduction of national regulations. The question of whether this first mover advantage was retained is not addressed but the experience has undoubtedly influenced national policy towards the development of NO(x) and CO(2) removal technologies.
To achieve a first mover advantage in this case was expensive and required long term support by the company.
The technology adopted has been continually improved and is now more or less the standard technology in this field. It is difficult for new technologies to enter the market.
The employment implications for the company were positive but small.

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Authors: ROGERS M D, JRC Sevilla (ES);YANAGIOKA H, Chiyoda Corporation, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama (JP);VAN VELZEN D, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16322 EN (1995) 37pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199512017 / Last updated on: 1995-12-11
Original language: en
Available languages: en