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Title: The influence of motivations and barriers in the benefits. An empirical study of EMAS certified business in Spain
Authors: Álvarez-García, J.
de la Cruz del Rio-Rama, M.
Saraiva, M.
Pires, A. R.
Keywords: Environmental management system
Eco-management and audit scheme
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The main objective of this research is to analyze through a structured questionnaire, the influence of the motivations that lead companies to implement Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and the barriers found in the benefits perceived by companies, as well as, the degree of difficulty perceived for the implementation of the different requirements to be fulfilled, which are established in the regulation. An extensive review of the academic literature published on motivations, barriers, difficulties and benefits in environmental standards has been carried out in order to establish the working hypotheses which refer to the relationship between motivations, barriers with the benefits and degree of difficulty in implementing the requirements. The empirical investigation was carried out in a sample of 114 of the 255 companies of the Autonomous Community of Galicia (Spain) that have EMAS certification. The methodology used was the use of the application of a regression analysis to test the hypotheses; previously the measurement scales were validated and an exploratory factorial analysis was applied in order to determine the structure of the different variables considered in the study. The results show that the motivations affect the benefits positively and on the contrary, affect the barriers negatively (reduce them) and it was observed that the greater the barriers, the lower the benefits obtained from the implementation of EMAS (negative influence). The proposed regression models show the joint influence of the motivations and barriers on the benefits considered.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.023
ISSN: 0959-6526
Accession number: WOS:000430772400007
Appears in Collections:BRU-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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