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Driving the circular economy through public environmental and energy R&D: evidence from SMEs in the European Union

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dc.contributor.author Garrido-Prada, Pablo
dc.contributor.author Lenihan, Helena
dc.contributor.author Doran, Justin
dc.contributor.author Rammer, Christian
dc.contributor.author Perez-Alaniz, Mauricio
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-15T14:03:50Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-15T14:03:50Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Garrido-Prada, P., Lenihan, H., Doran, J., Rammer, C., and Perez-Alaniz, M (2020) 'Driving the Circular Economy through Public Environmental and Energy R&D: Evidence from SMEs in the European Union'. Ecological Economics, . en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9529
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Governments at the EU and the member state level are placing increased emphasis on public research and development (R&D) for energy and the environment to advance a circular economy (CE). To achieve CE goals, it is critical to engage SMEs as they represent the vast majority of enterprises in the EU. To date, there is a lack of evidence regarding the impact of these public R&D investments on SMEs' CE activities. We address this gap by analysing the impact of public environmental and energy R&D on CE implementation and investment by SMEs. The study draws from a multi-level database of 10,618 SMEs across 28 EU member states for the period 2013–2015 from the Flash Eurobarometer 441 survey and country-level data from other EU sources. Employing a mixed-level probit regression, we find that the knowledge generated by public environmental and energy R&D, defined as country-level investments in this activity from 2004 to 2015, positively affects SMEs' implementation of CE activities. Additionally, the study finds that public environmental and energy R&D affects the level of SMEs' investment in CE activities negatively, suggesting that more public R&D can substitute for the financial efforts that SMEs have to take when implementing CE activities. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation 17SPR5328 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ecological Economics; 182, 106884
dc.subject Circular economy en_US
dc.subject SMEs en_US
dc.subject European Union en_US
dc.subject Environmental and energy R&D en_US
dc.subject Multilevel modelling en_US
dc.subject Flash Eurobarometer en_US
dc.title Driving the circular economy through public environmental and energy R&D: evidence from SMEs in the European Union en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2020-12-15T09:01:01Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106884
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid 17SPR5328 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2979795
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No
dc.identifier.journaltitle Ecological Economics
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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