The main objective of the paper is to describe the attitudes and responses to the Kyoto Protocol from a global perspective. The paper has the following objectives:to provide an overview of global greenhouse gas emissions and the big drivers behind these emissions, to present where different countries, both developed and less developed countries, such as India, China and the countries of South-east Europe, currently stand as regards their efforts to achieve the Kyoto Protocol requirements and to analyse the responses and attitudes to the Kyoto Protocol from a country development perspective.
The results of a survey on 153 Slovenian manufacturing companies show that companies implement environmental strategies primarily as a reflection of the commitment of their top management, followed by public concern, regulatory forces and expected competitive advantage. They report a relatively high level of implementation of the corporate environmental strategy while, among functional strategies, environmental issues are most commonly included in the production and marketing strategies, followed by purchasing and personal strategies.
The article, based on empirical data analysis, looks for the answers to what extent the Slovenian industrial companies include environmentally friendly activities into their overall strategy and whether it is possible to develop a typology of Slovenian industrial companies, according to the views of their managers to environmental issues. Research shows that there is no problem with the integration of environmentally friendly activities in the overall business strategy, but problems arise in the implementation of general and functional strategies.
The article analyzes the energy efficiency of Slovenian companies in terms of energy demand. The emphasis is placed on the analysis of companies that produce electronics and small electrical appliances and their comparison with firms in the manufacturing. The results show that Slovenian companies are becoming more energy efficient, suggesting that in the past they implemented energy-efficient investments and innovations. The increase of the energy efficiency must become the target of both, businesses and households.
The article analyzes the importance of European project to assist the development of perspective and important industries known as "lead market initiative', whose objective is to stimulate the development of industries through public procurement and taking advantage of the single European market. It analyzes the potential of Slovenian companies in the field of eco-technologies to take advantage of this initiative. Results show the existence of a few powerful companies that can be successful on European market and a number of smaller who can fill the niches through their innovative approach.