Latin American J. of Management for Sustainable Development (5 papers in press)
The Environmental Kuznets Curve hypothesis for CH4 emissions: Evidence from ARDL bounds testing approach in Argentina
by Joel Alejandro Rosado Anastacio
Abstract: This paper investigates the relation among CH4 emissions and gross domestic product of Argentina with two additional variables such as electricity power consumption and agriculture land use trying to prove the existence of the Environmental Kuznets Curve. Our main results are as: (1) there is an Environmental Kuznets Curve in Argentina. (2) there is long run relationship among the variables. (3) CH4 emissions has positive relation with gross domestic product. (4) Electric power consumption and agriculture use have positive effect on the gross domestic product of Argentina. (5) There is no short run relationship among the variables according to Granger Causality Test results in the Model 1, Model 2 presents bi-causality among CH4 emissions and Agriculture Use. Further, several recommendations were formulated to continue with undertake any conservative policy in order to reduce emissions without major consequences on economic sectors.
Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve; methane emissions; electricity power consumption; agriculture use; ARDL.
Students Knowledge of Sustainability Issues in Higher Education
by Luciana Cezarino, Etienne Abdala, Mara Soares, Vivian Fernandes
Abstract: The paper examines the knowledge level of sustainability issues in a Brazilian Federal University. PRME Sustainability Literacy Test (SULITEST) provided a validated questionnaire for the research execution. We applied an online survey with 360 respondents with undergraduate students from different knowledge areas of higher education. We submitted data through factorial and cluster analysis. The results show that students have some knowledge about world issues but present higher levels of knowledge about local sustainable issues. The cluster analysis elucidated that students are more concerned more about Organizational Governance while Environmental issues are the least understood subject.
Keywords: Sustainability; Knowledge; Higher Education; Latin America; PRME; Management Education.
SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY PARADOXES: THE CASE OF LARGE TREES ON ROADSIDES OF HIGH SPEED ROADS
by Barbara Bezerra, Maia Dayane
Abstract: So-called commuting accidents have gradually increased and jurisprudence refers the responsibility of these accidents to employers after proving fault or negligence and causal link of the accident. The risk and severity of injuries can be increased by trees on roadsides of highways and roads of high speeds, which may lead to a vehicle colliding into this vegetation and hindering the life of the employee. The aim of this work is to demonstrate that vegetation on roadsides of high speed roads hinders the safety of employees who commute to their workplaces, increasing the risk of collisions and fatalities, and demonstrates the employers liability for accidents on the way to work regarding jurisprudence. By using qualitative methods, a bibliographic survey and technical visits, it was observed that the laws in Brazil are bureaucratic and time-consuming to solve problems that involve clearing trees, especially the native trees; therefore on high-speed highways it is essential for the safety of workers.
Keywords: Commuting accidents; Responsibility; Clearing native vegetation; Environmental compensation.
WIND POWER ENERGY IN BRAZIL: PUBLIC FINANCING AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
by Viviane Helena Torinelli, Antônio F. A. Silva Jr, Jose Celio Silveira Andrade
Abstract: This paper focuses on the financial challenges faced by the wind power energy players in Latin America - Brazil. Governmental efforts are already underway to attract and support this industry with enormous growth potential, in order to diversify the energy matrix and reduce greenhouse emissions. However, public financing may not be able to face this challenge alone and solutions among the private sector may be found. This study, based on the debt structure of three key companies of this sector, concludes that the analyzed wind energy projects were financed mainly through subsidies from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). Furthermore, the Brazilian market starts considering green bonds as a strategy to fund wind energy projects. So, there is room for strategies to include the private sector in the financing of the wind power energy industry in Latin America - Brazil.
Keywords: green/ climate finance; clean/ renewable/ wind power energy; Latin America/ Brazil; green bonds.
The influence of green branding on purchase intention, willingness to pay and consumers emotional response: an experimental study
by Mateus Luan Dellarmelin, Jhony Pereira Moraes, Lenoir Hoeckesfeld, Eliana Andréa Severo, Ivanete Schneider Hahn
Abstract: While sustainability and branding have been widely debated topics over the past decades, there is still no evidence if green branding influence consumer purchase behavior, specifically the purchase intent, willingness to pay and consumers' emotional response. So, this study was designed to verify the influence of green branding on consumer purchase behavior. The research was developed by an experimental between subjects, and 197 students participated. The main results show that rates of purchase intent are higher in condition without green branding, although this difference is not significant between groups. About willingness to pay, consumers were more willing to pay for the product without the green branding ad, and this difference is significant. Also, consumers of commercial product without green branding feel more emotionally involved. So, we concluded that green branding does not influence the purchase intent, the willingness to pay and neither influence the consumer emotional response. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Keywords: Green branding. Willingness to pay. Purchase intention. Emotional response.