Quotation Pinero, Pablo, Bruckner, Martin, Wieland, Hanspeter, Pongrácz, Eva, Giljum, Stefan. 2019. The raw material basis of global value chains: allocating environmental responsibility based on value generation. Economic Systems Research. 31 (2), 206-227.




A new approach to allocate environmental responsibility, the ‘value added-based responsibility’ allocation, is presented in this article. This metric allocates total environmental pressures occurring along an international supply chain to the participating sectors and countries according to the share of value added they generate within that specific supply chain. We show that – due to their position in global value chains – certain sectors (e.g. services) and countries (e.g. Germany) receive significantly greater responsibility compared to other allocation approaches. This adds a new perspective to the discussions concerning a fair distribution of mitigation costs among nations, companies and consumers.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Economic Systems Research
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-B
Language English
Title The raw material basis of global value chains: allocating environmental responsibility based on value generation
Volume 31
Number 2
Year 2019
Page from 206
Page to 227
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09535314.2018.1536038
Open Access N


Bruckner, Martin (Details)
Wieland, Hanspeter (Details)
Giljum, Stefan (Details)
Pinero, Pablo (University of Oulu, Finland)
Pongrácz, Eva (University of Oulu, Finland)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2944 Human ecology (Details)
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
4119 Regenerable raw materials (Details)
4907 Interdisciplinary agricultural and forestry science (Details)
4924 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5353 Environmental economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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