Strategic analysis of single-use plastic ban policy for environmental sustainability: the case of Pakistan

Abstract

One of the challenging tasks for governments is to curtail the production and consumption of single-use plastic bags. Despite multiple advantages of plastic and its ubiquity, the environmental damage of single-use plastic bags is irreversible. However, policy intervention by the governments is also a need of the time to reduce its production and consumption. This study provides a strategic analysis of government policy options regarding the ban on single-use plastic production in Pakistan. A game-theoretic model is developed to examine the behavior of plastic bag producers vis-à-vis the government’s climate change policy. The study concludes that game theory is very effective in analyzing the efficient promulgation and productive implementation of environmental management policy regarding banning single-use plastic in Pakistan.

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The first draft of the paper was submitted for the oral presentation in the “2020 Research Symposium in the Field of Business, Economics, & Applied Psychology,” February 01, 2020, University of Sahiwal, Sahiwal, Pakistan.

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Ali, S., Ahmed, W., Solangi, Y. et al. Strategic analysis of single-use plastic ban policy for environmental sustainability: the case of Pakistan. Clean Techn Environ Policy (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10098-020-02011-w

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Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Environmental management policy
  • Green bags
  • Game theory
  • Strategic analysis
  • Environmental behavior
  • Pakistan