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The porter problem in ecological economics: Solar battery recycling in rural electrification

Mulder, A. and Zahnd, A. (2008) The porter problem in ecological economics: Solar battery recycling in rural electrification. In: ISEE 2008 Conference, 8 - 11 August, Nairobi, Kenya

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Abstract

This paper introduces an incentive incompatibility problem that causes dramatic damage to delicate ecosystems. The aim is to rethink policies that facilitate the introduction of aggressive solid waste in markets with an imperfect infrastructure and in the absence of a secondary market for the solid waste. We sketch a case study in Nepal, where rural electrification through solar systems leads to the dumping of used batteries. We label the puzzle `the porter problem', referring to the porters who are the most popular transportation medium in the Himalayas.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: International Society for Ecological Economics
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12703
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