Environmental regulation is a formal response to the risk faced by the society posed by environmental changes. Only true believers in the free market would dispute the evidence for the serious and perhaps irreversible damage that we have been inflicting on the planet. Environmental regulators are in a position to adopt some strategies that may make it possible to slow down, put an end to or ideally reverse serious environmental damage, but the problem is the political and economic constraints. According to Gunningham and Sinclair (1998), environmental regulation should include not just conventional forms of direct command-and-control regulation but also much more flexible, imaginative and innovative forms of social control with the objective of harnessing not just governments but also business and third parties. It is therefore suggested that environmental regulation should include self-regulation and co-regulation, as well as the utilization of commercial interests and non-government organizations. The use of command and control in environmental regulation means that the government or a similar body will ‘command’ the reduction of pollution (for example, by setting emission levels) and ‘control’ the manner in which it is achieved (for example, by installing pollution control technologies). Three types of standards are involved: (i) environmental standards, such as legally enforceable numerical limits; (ii) target standards, such as a specified maximum level that is not to be exceeded; and (iii) performance standards that determine what releases of a pollutant into the environment are acceptable.
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