Understanding the impact of environmental regulations on green technology innovation efficiency in the construction industry

Jingxiao Zhang*, You Ouyang, Pablo Ballesteros-Pérez, Hui Li, Simon P. Philbin, Zhaoling Li, Martin Skitmore

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Abstract

In the current environmentally constrained context, deploying effective environmental regulations (ERs) to promote greener technologies is necessary. Green technology innovation efficiency (GTIE) reflects the efficiency of an industry's use of resources in the green technology innovation process. However, previous research has considered innovation as a black box regarding the potential contribution and diversity of ERs. In order to analyze the differential impacts of ERs on GTIE, this study classifies ERs into command-and-control, market-based and voluntary. By adopting China's 2000–2017 construction industry as a case study, this study analyzes GTIE evolution based on a network Epsilon Based Measure (EBM) model and analyze the impacts of ERs by Tobit Regression. Findings suggest that: (1) There is a significant disconnection between the Research & Development (R&D) and commercial application stages of green technology in construction industry. The construction industry is able to turn most R&D achievements into profits at the commercialization stage, but a large amount of R&D investment does not produce R&D achievements. (2) Different types of ERs have different impacts on GTIE, but their intended outcomes can only be achieved by a suitable combination of them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102647
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Volume65
Early online date7 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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