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Framing the climate change policies and circular economy tenets for SMEs

Möllemann, D. (2016) Framing the climate change policies and circular economy tenets for SMEs.

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Abstract:Climate change and its consequences are of growing concern for global and national governments and demand stronger policies in order to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and restrain global warming. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) build the largest business group in the Netherlands, however public policies do not involve clear and effective regulations towards climate change actions, which in turn restricts the environmental actions that are undertaken by SMEs. The following research aims to point out possible points of improvement for governmental policies in the Netherlands, focusing on the achievement of greater environmental contribution of SMEs and the role of circular economy tenets in this respect. By means of a structured literature review, it was found that Dutch SMEs face several barriers towards environmentalism and require greater support in overcoming those. Furthermore, stronger legislation and the implementation of new mechanisms to measure the economy are advised. A circular economy was found to have a positive impact on the economic growth of the Netherlands and can be integrated in public policies in several different ways, for example by differentiated value-added tax (VAT) rates. Further research on circular economy mechanisms and tax changes, as well as frontrunner case studies are advised to monitor the results and learn, which systems and mechanisms work best for Dutch SMEs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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