© 2012

Deficits in EU and US Mandatory Environmental Information Disclosure

Legal, Comparative Legal and Economic Facets of Pollutant Release Inventories


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Dirk Bünger
    Pages 1-13
  3. Dirk Bünger
    Pages 441-450
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 451-487

About this book


It is the publicity about the Pollutant Release Inventory’s data which creates an incentive for firms to achieve emission reductions. Accordingly, public access to environmental information constitutes a core characteristic of the aforementioned inventory. Here, in essence, two facets arise. First, with regard to the collection, it is disputed whether such information, which may comprise confidential commercial and industrial information in the EU as well as trade secrets in the US, can be protected under fundamental and constitutional property rights respectively. Second, in the context of dissemination and utilisation, it is arguable whether the information indeed impacts polluters and produces an outcome that secures a certain level of environmental protection. The author responds to the first issue by taking the EU and US jurisdictions into account and strives to analyse how this novel form of Internet disclosure liberates market mechanisms in the quest for effective and efficient emission reductions.


EU and US Comparative Constitutional Law Environmental Information Law European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Innovative Pollution Reduction Approaches Toxics Release Inventory

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