The Diffusion of Public and Private Sustainability Regulations
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The Diffusion of Public and Private Sustainability Regulations

The Responses of Follower Countries

Edited by Etsuyo Michida, John Humphrey and David Vogel

This book focuses on the spread of public and private environmental and food safety regulations from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. It explores the growth of policy diffusion and standard alignment on sustainability observed in non-Western follower countries in a globalizing world.
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Chapter 3: Factors explaining the adoption of green building rating systems at the country level: competition of LEED and other green building rating systems

Kenji Shiraishi and Hajime Iseda


Decarbonization of the building sector, which accounts for approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, is urgent for climate change mitigation. Dozens of voluntary rating systems for green buildings have been created to reflect country-specific contexts and have made critical contributions to promoting the practice of green buildings. In this study, we conducted an exploratory quantitative and qualitative analysis on how country-specific and global green building rating system interacts. We found that controlling relevant covariates, similarity of domestic rating system with a global rating system, LEED, is significant factor for the coexistence of domestic and global voluntary rating systems. This study indicates such local systems should be compatible and harmonized with global green building rating system to keep the benefit of introducing local systems while mitigating its costs.

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