It is no longer possible to completely stop global warming is no longer possible, however strenuous efforts should be made to minimize its negative effects. Sakurai asserts that environmental conservation is bound to trigger decreased operational costs.
An important feature of the globalization of the economy is an increasingly close relationship of development to changes in the environment. The influence of ecology on the global business should not be overestimated.
In his article, Masamitsu Sakurai outlines three stages of environmental conservation at Ricoh. The Passive Stage included regulations and reactions to outside pressure, while during the Proactive Stage the volunteers were overwhelmed by a sense of mission in terms of the globe. Eventually, the Responsible Stage was characterized by successfully attaining the goal of environmental conservation as well as making profit. Sakurai points out that their aims of reducing global warming were inextricably linked with motivation not merely within the realm of production, but in all other operations as well.
The ecological orientation of the world economy demands a clear and robust strategy. Apparently, the economic crisis is the catalyst for the implementation of the green growth model. Highlighted the problems and the effects of globalization for- environment and formulated major global environmental challenges. It is worth determining the main causes and aggravating environmental problems in order to set the trends of development in the context of globalization. On the basis of analysis of the impact of environmental factors on the process of globalization, the author identified them as a result of acceleration of the impact.
One of the main negative consequences of globalization is deepening, and the growing scale of environmental problems, the most important of which include pollution, destruction and its elements. The most large-scale and complex to address now is the problem of global warming. The emergence of environmental problems was caused by the uncontrolled growth as well as irreversible changes of progressing globalization. The global financial and economic crisis caused a recession in most countries; however, it seems in the foreseeable future, it would affect the long-term trend of rapid development of the world economy. Worsening environmental problems in the context of globalization implies an increased exploitation of natural resources, export growth of environmentally “dirty” goods and hazardous waste.
The efforts of many countries in addressing climate issues embodied in the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, regulating the volume of permitted greenhouse gas emissions. As the result, a number of economic instruments were set out to achieve this goal. In addition to domestic policies to reduce emissions, the Kyoto Protocol provided a fundamentally new ways of international economic cooperation between the parties to the agreement, among which were the trade quotas on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as activities in the framework of international projects.
The signing of an international agreement clearly divided the member states of the climate with quantitative commitments for the two groups, the first of which can be attributed to the European Union and Japan. Members of this subgroup combined two common characteristics, namely leadership in environmental measures while limiting the possibility of achieving the quantitative goals within a specified period.
It worth to highlight the role of the state of environmental regulation in the implementation of environmental policies. The tendencies of its development at the present stage. The framework of the new model is an integration and environmental policy in the state economic policy.
Sakurai, Masamitsu. “Environmental Commitments in Global Business”. Ethisphere, May 13, 2009. Print.