Factors influencing environmental performance: a bibliometric review and future research agenda
Zhang, J., Zhang, Z., Ballesteros-Pérez, P., Skitmore, M., Yang, G., Philbin, S.P. and Lu, Q. (2021). Factors influencing environmental performance: a bibliometric review and future research agenda. International Journal of Urban Sciences. 27 (4), pp. 543-569. https://doi.org/10.1080/12265934.2021.1899845
|Authors||Zhang, J., Zhang, Z., Ballesteros-Pérez, P., Skitmore, M., Yang, G., Philbin, S.P. and Lu, Q.|
Environmental performance allows measuring the existing gap between countries regarding their environmental policy objectives. Improving environmental performance also allows countries to achieve their sustainable development goals. However, a systematic identification of factors influencing environmental performance constitutes a premise to improve it and such a review of factors has not been conducted in previous research. This paper develops a quantitative literature review of the factors influencing environmental performance in which a total of 84 journal papers were identified by keyword retrieval between 2004 and 2019. Literature metrological and literature content analyses are performed and two major research outcomes are obtained: first, a list of environmental performance influencing factors and a classification of the five main research streams related to environmental performance: enterprise, government, economy, technology and society. Second, building on the previous classification, a research agenda is proposed which points out current shortcomings and potential research directions for environmental performance research. The results of this piece of research provides a theoretical reference for improving environmental performance. It can also help countries target better environmental management practices when seeking global sustainable development.
Grounded theory produces a list of factors affecting environmental performance.
Environmental performance factors are classified in five relevant categories.
These categories are: enterprise, government, economy, society and technology.
A research agenda is proposed for meeting the 2030 Sustainable development goals.
|Keywords||Geography, Planning and Development; Urban Studies|
|Journal||International Journal of Urban Sciences|
|Journal citation||27 (4), pp. 543-569|
|Publisher||Informa UK Limited|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/12265934.2021.1899845|
|Funder/Client||National Natural Science Foundation of China|
|National Social Science Fund Post-financing projects|
|Online||18 Mar 2021|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||23 Feb 2021|
|Deposited||23 Mar 2021|
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Urban Sciences on 18/03/2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/12265934.2021.1899845
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