Carbon emissions cost analysis with activity-based costing

Wen Hsien Tsai, Shi Yin Jhong

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Due to growing awareness about environmental issues, consumers are becoming more likely to purchase environmentally friendly products that involve lower carbon emissions (CE). Environmental regulations are being enforced and lower-carbon products are being produced in order to maintain competitiveness when complying with such regulations. This paper aims to explore the effect of CE on profit through three kinds of models using the activity-based costing (ABC) approach. The results indicate that governmental policy makers can effectively decrease CE by Total Quantity Control (TQC) to resolve problems of environmental degradation. Governmental policy makers can control CE by limiting the quantities of CE, thereby forcing manufacturers to decrease CE during production. Furthermore, policy makers can set up regulations on CE quotas to control CE well instead of imposing carbon taxes. Therefore, manufacturers will try their best to find methods of improving production processes, equipment, and/or materials to decrease the CE quantity and achieve maximum profit under the restricted carbon emissions quotas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2872
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number8
StatePublished - 13 Aug 2018


  • Activity-based costing (ABC)
  • Cap & trade
  • Carbon emissions
  • Footwear industry
  • Green production


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