Journey to world top emitter:An analysis of the driving forces of China's recent CO2 emissions surge

Guan, Dabo, Peters, Glen P., Weber, Christopher L. and Hubacek, Klaus (2009) Journey to world top emitter:An analysis of the driving forces of China's recent CO2 emissions surge. Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (4). ISSN 0094-8276

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China's economy has been growing at an accelerated rate from 2002 to 2005 and with it China's carbon emissions. It is easier to understand the growth in China's carbon emissions by considering which consumption activities - households and government, capital investments, and international trade - drive Chinese production and hence emissions. This paper adopts structural decomposition analysis, a macro-economic approach using data from national statistical offices, to investigate the drivers of China's recent CO2 emissions surge. The speed of efficiency gains in production sectors cannot cope with the growth in emissions due to growth in final consumption and associated production processes. More specifically, Chinese export production is responsible for one-half of the emission increase. Capital formation contributes to one-third of the emission increase. A fast growing component is carbon emissions related to consumption of services by urban households and governmental institutions, which are responsible for most of the remaining emissions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: earth and planetary sciences(all),geophysics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900
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: 10.1029/2008GL036540

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