Mitigating Climate Change - The Need For A Carbon Strategy: A Case Study On Carbon Responses In The Swedish Pulp and Paper Industry
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Climate change has become an increasingly important strategic issue for businesses to deal with. The stake is high particularly for those in energy-intensive industries as governments are implementing legislations that limit the carbon emission coming from these industries. Not only are such companies’ carbon emission confronted by regulatory bodies, but also various stakeholders such as customers and investors. Such pressures increased the business relevance of the issue and have provided various strategic contexts and drives. Businesses have responded in different ways to the changes that are coming with climate change.
The purpose of this study was to provide insight into the dynamics and characteristics of carbon strategies. The case study companies were three pulp and paper companies located in Sweden, all subjected to the EU ETS regulation. In order to fulfill the purpose we have developed an analytical framework which we applied to the empirical findings. Based on our analysis we concluded that there are several factors that determine and drive the development of carbon strategies: sustainability, energy efficiency, market competition, and owners. The findings also revealed that the most prevalent response type was an optimization strategy, which is enhancing the carbon productivity from operational activities. The findings also confirmed the usefulness and comprehensiveness of the analytical framework employed to the understanding of carbon strategies and development factors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 52 p.
Halmstad University Dissertations
Climate change, carbon emission, strategic factors, climate strategy, carbon strategy, carbon management, EU ETS, cap-and-trade system, paper and pulp industry
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-19203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-19203DiVA: diva2:543286
Subject / course
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law