Production globalization makes China’s exports cleaner

Zhang, Zengkai, Meng, Jing, Zheng, Heran, Zhu, Kunfu, Du, Huibin and Guan, Dabo (2020) Production globalization makes China’s exports cleaner. Planet Earth, 2 (5). pp. 468-478. ISSN 2590-3322

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Production globalization, which is when firms expand their supply chains across national boundaries, creates an opportunity for developing countries to engage in international production networks via trade. Described as the world's factory, China specializes in assembly manufacturing mainly through processing exports. Firms use imported intermediate inputs for production and, after processing or assembly, re-export the finished products to international markets. Here, we show that the carbon efficiency of China's processing exports is greater than that of its ordinary exports. If the impact of trade heterogeneity is ignored, then the domestic emissions embodied in China's exports will be overestimated by 23.4%, and the foreign emissions embodied in China's exports will be underestimated by 29.3%. If the degree of global value chain participation, which ranges from 0 to 1, increases by 0.1, although foreign emissions embodied in China's exports would increase, the gross carbon intensity of China's exports will decrease by 11.7%.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: co emissions,china,climate change,globalization,input-output model,processing exports,spatial heterogeneity,trade heterogeneity,environmental science(all),earth and planetary sciences (miscellaneous),sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 00:21
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:14
DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.04.014

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