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Andrius Plepys

Andrius Plepys

Lecturer

Andrius Plepys

European policy approaches to promote servicing

Author

  • Andrius Plepys
  • Eva Heiskanen
  • Oksana Mont

Summary, in English

Servicizing is a business model that holds the potential to support a shift towards more sustainable production and consumption by selling to the consumer the product's function, rather than the material product itself. This can offer direct environmental benefits by reducing the material and energy intensity of market transactions. Servicizing based business offers are starting emerging on the market, but public policy support could accelerate this process. This article is a review of the state of the art in the field and of relevant policy initiatives addressing servicizing conducted for that project. It aims to explore where and how public policy supports or steers markets toward servicizing solutions. The article examines the development of the servicizing concept and identifies where and when policy support for servicizing is merited. It also reviews several existing policy instruments to support servicizing on European, national and local (municipal) levels. Policy initiatives include R&D support, energy efficiency obligation schemes, chemicals, waste and transportation policies. The conclusions focus on the possibilities and limits of public policy support and promotion of servicizing.

Department/s

  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

117-123

Publication/Series

Journal of Cleaner Production

Volume

97

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Servicizing policy
  • Servicizing
  • Product-service systems

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0959-6526