Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 238, Issue 1–2, pp 179–198 | Cite as

Self-regenerating environmental absorption efficiency and the \(\varvec{ soylent~green~scenario}\)

  • Fouad El Ouardighi
  • Hassan Benchekroun
  • Dieter Grass
Article

Abstract

We consider a stock pollution problem where the biosphere can transform from a sink to a source of pollution in the presence of self-regenerating environmental absorption efficiency. We examine the problem of controlling pollution and the capacity of the biosphere to absorb pollution: the regulator can mitigate emissions and can invest to build-up the absorption capacity of pollution sinks. We examine conditions under which both measures, mitigation and absorption capacity investments, are substitute (complement) to each other, and the relative extent to which environmental self-regenerating capabilities affect these conditions. We also exhibit the possibility of an oscillatory approach to the steady state. Particular attention is paid to the situation where the social planner is impatient.

Keywords

Pollution Environmental absorption efficiency Self-regeneration capabilities Discounting rate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fouad El Ouardighi
    • 1
  • Hassan Benchekroun
    • 2
  • Dieter Grass
    • 3
  1. 1.ESSEC Business SchoolCergy PontoiseFrance
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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