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Responding to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: an empirical analysis of corporate carbon disclosure strategy

Yang, J. and Liu, Y. (2013) Responding to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: an empirical analysis of corporate carbon disclosure strategy. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, University of Liverpool.

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Abstract/Summary

The purpose of this paper is to explore how companies that hold carbon trading accounts under European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) respond to the climate change by using disclosures on carbon emissions as a means to generate legitimacy compared to others. The study is based on disclosures made in annual reports and stand-alone sustainability reports of UK listed companies from 2001- 2012. The study uses content analysis to capture both the quality and volume of the carbon disclosures. The results show that there is a significant increase in both the quality and volume of the carbon disclosures after the launch of EU ETS. Companies with carbon trading accounts provide greater detailed disclosures as compared to the others without an account. We also find that company size is positively correlated with the disclosures while the association with the industry produces an inconclusive result.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:35082

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