- Exploring the Emergence of Voluntary Environmental Governance Arrangements: Insights from the Australian Buildings Sector
- 4th Biennial ECPR Standing Group for Regulatory Governance Conference
- Book/source title
- Regulation & Governance 1012: conference papers
- Exeter, UK: Centre for European Governance, University of Exeter
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
Voluntary environmental governance arrangements (VEGAs) have focal attention in academic and policy debates. The current literature repeatedly reports that VEGAs are unsuccessful in achieving high levels of environmental performance by their participants, but at the same time reports an ongoing use of them. Based on a study of fifteen VEGAs in the Australian buildings sector this research paper analyzes how VEGAs may assist in achieving high(er) levels of environmental performance, without showing direct measurable results. Four subtle roles of VEGAs in doing so are uncovered: transformation of norms; providing business cases; filling in voids in governmental requirements; and, facilitating the implementation of governmental requirements.
- Climate and Environmental Governance Network Working Paper, Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU
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