BEST SCORES Solution to the Catastrophe-Bound Environment

David Wing-kay Yeung
Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong, China
St Petersburg State University, Russia

Leon A. Petrosyan
Faculty of Applied Mathematics, St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia

Yingxuan Zhang
Shue Yan University, Hong Kong

Francis Cheung
Shue Yan University, Hong Kong

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000

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After several decades of rapid technological advancement and economic growth, alarming levels of pollution and catastrophe-bound environmental degradations are emerging all over the world. Even sizable reduction in industrial pollutant emissions would only slow down the accumulation of pollution. Given the complexity of the problem and the over-simplicity of international environmental initiatives (like the Kyoto Protocol, Montreal Protocol and Paris Agreement, which focused mainly on emissions’ reduction and regulations), limited success has been observed. The design of a comprehensive solution for solving this globally devastating problem is very much in order.

Research in developing environmentally clean technology into efficient and affordable means of production plays a key role to effectively solving the continual worsening global industrial pollution problem and meeting the industrial growth needs. An essential element for success is that the participating nations’ well-being must not be worse than their non-cooperative well-being throughout the cooperation duration. In addition, for the cooperative scheme to be sustainable, the agreed-upon optimality principle in sharing the cooperative benefits must be upheld at every stage of the cooperation plan – this condition is known as subgame consistency.

This book provides an effective means for resolving the catastrophe-bound environmental problem through a Building Environmentally Sustainable Technology with Subgame Consistent, Optimal, Rational and Economically-viable Scheme (BEST SCORES). In particular, the solution scheme involves:

(i) A set of policy instruments which includes levies on industrial pollution, royalties on natural resources, coordinated pollutant abatement efforts, cooperative development of clean technology, and transfer payments leading to an optimal cooperation solution.
(ii) Joint development of environmentally sustainable technology and an optimal technology pattern over time.
(iii) A cooperative maximization program yielding the optimal (highest) joint payoff.
(iv) An economically viable scheme for each participating nation with a cooperative payoff higher than its non-cooperative payoff through transfer payments.
(v) A subgame consistent payoff distribution procedure, which ensures that the original agreed upon optimality principle in gain sharing will be maintained.
(vi) An institutional mechanism design to guide the construction of relevant institutions and agencies to implement the cooperative scheme. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword

Preface

List of Figures

List of Tables

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Environmental Problems, Major Initiatives and Clean Technology

Chapter 3. Analytical Framework and Non-Cooperative Equilibrium

Chapter 4. BEST SCORES Cooperation: Theory and Solution Mechanism

Chapter 5. An OR Model of BEST SCORES Cooperation

Chapter 6. Stochastic and Heuristic Models of BEST SCORES Cooperation

Technical Appendices

References

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