By Dipl.-Vw. Karl Ludwig Brockmann, Dipl.-Vw. Jens Hemmelskamp, Dr. Olav Hohmeyer (auth.)
Boycotting tropical bushes reduces its fiscal price and gives an incentive to burn down forests, making them on hand for next agricultural use or cattle farming. by contrast, a certification scheme for sustainability produced trees (tropical or non-tropical) protects the forests by means of elevating their financial price.
This learn examines the influence of a certification scheme on German call for for tropical bushes. A partial-equilibrium version is constructed for the German tropical trees industry as an entire in addition to for 5 vital submarkets representing 50% of the entire call for. the implications display credible certification scheme can set off an important growth of call for for sustainability produced tropical bushes. This holds actual for a scheme limited to Germany in addition to for an OECD-wide approach.
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It is assumed that a certification scheme - in the course of the already manifest fashion reorientation in favour of darker timber _33 can set positive accents for tropical timber in competition with non-tropical non-coniferous timber. This means that it is assumed that a certification scheme can help to reverse the negative effect of the past fashion trend on the demand for tropical timber. At present many potential suppliers of tropical timber products, for example building material markets, have removed these products from their product line.
5% of all persons questioned were even prepared to pay prices increased by 11% to 15%. 8% of the questioned persons stated that they would pay a price increase of more than 15% for environmentally compatible products. Nearly half of all persons interrogated were not prepared to accept any price increase at all. 6% for the former federal states. Table 3: Who Pays Attention to the Blue Angel When Shopping? [% of persons questioned] yes no Blue Angel unknown Germany 43 34 23 West 57 30 12 East 29 38 33 Source: IPOS (1993).
Thus products with little environmental reference produce less environmentally positive purchasing behaviour than ones with greater environmental reference. So because the environmental effects in the production and disposal phases are largely concealed from the consumer, they have little effect on his or her buying decisions (cf. MEFFERT/KIRCHGEORG 1993:97). - Costs: The environmental compatibility of products may entail additional costs for the consumer which he or she must weigh-up against the advantages of en- 25 In addition to the studies named, see also STENDER-MoNHEMIUS (1995).