A call for papers on 'Environmental agreements: process, practice and future trends'

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 April 2000

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(2000), "A call for papers on 'Environmental agreements: process, practice and future trends'", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 1 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijshe.2000.24901aab.002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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A call for papers on 'Environmental agreements: process, practice and future trends'

A call for papers on "Environmental agreements: process, practice and future trends"

Keywords: Environment, Policy management, Models

Greenleaf Publishing invites papers for a book project in the area of Environmental Agreements: Process, Practice and Future Trends. Environmental Agreements (EAs) between government authorities and industry, unions and NGOs, to address particular environmental challenges are increasingly being looked to as a new, low-cost and potentially effective means of solving environmental problems. They have become a commonly used environmental policy tool and take many forms, for example, as agreements between central and local governments and industry in The Netherlands and as association-wide gentleman's agreements in Germany. Some are focused on supporting the implementation of particular directives (Packaging waste in Sweden and Denmark), and others focused on particular sectors (cement in France, pulp paper in Portugal, and chemicals in The Netherlands). Their most original component lies in multi-stakeholder collaboration: from the negotiation of choosing an EA to address the particular environmental concern; to negotiation over the design and structure of the EA; to implementation, development and review.

To broaden the debate on the practical and process issues on EAs, Greenleaf Publishing invites contributions on this fast-developing topic that include, but are not limited to:

  • Stakeholder perspectives on why an EA may be an appropriate tool.

  • Stakeholder insights into how to launch EA steps, problems and solutions.

  • The process of stakeholder collaboration within an EA.

  • The appropriate sharing of responsibilities in EAs.

  • Pros and cons, risks and rewards of EAs and how to optimise performance.

  • The trade-off and complementarity of EAs with other policy instruments.

  • The appropriate design of an EA and the monitoring of progress.

  • The process of development of EAs.

  • Legal limitations and possibilities of EAs.

  • How to ensure that targets are appropriately set and reached.

  • How to ensure company and stakeholder commitment and involvement.

  • Incentives, sanctions and their implementation.

  • Assessment tools.

  • Tools to support the success of EAs.

The aim of this book is to offer industry, governments, NGOs, and trade unions advice and support on how to launch EAs and how to improve existing models. It is also intended that the book will offer valuable insights into how this policy instrument can be developed over the next decade to help fulfil its potential.

Schedule: Full paper submissions: 31 May, 2000; Revision requests sent to contributors: 15 July 2000; Final papers deadline: 1 September 2000. It is intended that the book will be published in November, 2000.

For further details, or to discuss a potential contribution, please contact: Patrick ten Brink, Editor ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd, 13 Avenue de Tervuren, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium.Tel:+322 743 89 39; Fax: +322 732 71 11; E-mail: Patrick_ten_Brink@ECOTEC.com Contributor guidelines can be obtained from: Samantha Self, Greenleaf Publishing Aizlewood Business Centre, Aizlewood's Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG, UK Tel: +44 114 2823475; Fax: +44 114 2823476; E-mail: greenleaf@worldscope.co.uk ; Web site http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com