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Input–output analysis of CO2 emissions embodied in trade and the driving forces: Processing and normal exports

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  • Su, Bin
  • Ang, B.W.
  • Low, Melissa
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    In recent years, energy-related CO2 emissions embodied in international trade and the driving forces have been widely studied by researchers using the environmental input–output framework. Most previous studies however, do not differentiate different input structures in manufacturing processing exports and normal exports. Using China as an example, this paper exemplifies how implications of results obtained using different export assumptions differ. The study posits that the utilization of traditional I–O model results in an overestimation of emissions embodied in processing exports and an underestimation in normal exports. The estimate of CO2 emissions embodied in China's exports drops by 32% when the extended I–O model is used. The choice of export assumption has more impact on the decomposition results for processing exports. The study further highlights that for a country with an export structure similar to China, it is meaningful to look into the impact of export assumption in embodied emission studies.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 88 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 119-125

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:88:y:2013:i:c:p:119-125

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    Keywords: Input–output analysis; Emissions embodied in trade; Structural decomposition analysis; Processing exports; Normal exports; China;

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