Comparative analysis of carbonization drivers in China's megacities

Chong, Wang Hei Bruce, Guan, Dabo and Guthrie, Peter (2012) Comparative analysis of carbonization drivers in China's megacities. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16 (4). pp. 564-575. ISSN 1088-1980

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This study investigates the key drivers affecting emission increases in terms of population growth, economic growth, industrial transformation, and energy use in six Chinese megacities: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. The six cities represent the most-developed regions in China and they have similar per capita carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions as many developed countries. There is an urgent need to quantify the magnitude of each factor in driving the emissions changes in those cities so that a potential bottom-up climate mitigation policy design at the city and sectoral levels can be initiated. We adopt index decomposition analysis and present the results in both additive and multiplicative approaches to reveal the absolute and relative levels of each factor in driving emission changes during 1985-2007. Among all cities, economic effect and energy intensity effect have always been the two dominant factors contributing to the changes in carbon emissions. This study reveals that there are large variations in the ways driving forces contribute to emission levels in different cities and industrial sectors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon dioxide (co ) emissions,climate change,greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions,index decomposition analysis,industrial ecology,low carbon cities,environmental science(all),economics and econometrics,social sciences(all),sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 23:09
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 02:31
DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00519.x

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