The paper investigates whether innovations entailing a perceived reduction of CO2emissions are relatedto outsourcing. Some research hypotheses are put forward and tested on a sample of firms in two key‘green-industries’, sustainable buildings and photovoltaics, in a regional context (North–East Italy) forwhich detailed survey-based information could be collected. An effect on CO2reducing innovations isfound for the externalisation of tangible activities only, as opposed to intangibles, whose outsourcingeven decreases them. The results are robust in econometric terms, and suggest some new environmentalimplications of the standard ‘make-or-buy’ decisions of firms.

CO2-reducing innovations and outsourcing: Evidence from photovoltaics and green construction in North-East Italy

Montresor Sandro;
2016

Abstract

The paper investigates whether innovations entailing a perceived reduction of CO2emissions are relatedto outsourcing. Some research hypotheses are put forward and tested on a sample of firms in two key‘green-industries’, sustainable buildings and photovoltaics, in a regional context (North–East Italy) forwhich detailed survey-based information could be collected. An effect on CO2reducing innovations isfound for the externalisation of tangible activities only, as opposed to intangibles, whose outsourcingeven decreases them. The results are robust in econometric terms, and suggest some new environmentalimplications of the standard ‘make-or-buy’ decisions of firms.
Environmental innovations CO2 reduction Outsourcing
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