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Why has the energy intensity fallen in China's industrial sector in the 1990s?: the relative importance of structural change and intensity change

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  • Zhang, Zhong Xiang

    (Groningen University)

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Abstract There have been a variety of studies investigating the relative importance of structural change and real intensity change to the change in China’s energy consumption in the 1980s. However, no detailed analysis to date has been done to examine whether or not the increased energy efficiency trend in the 1980s still prevails in the 1990s. This article has filled this gap by investigating the change in energy consumption in China’s industrial sector in the 1990s, based on the data sets of value added and enduse energy consumption for the 29 industrial subsectors. Our results clearly show that the overwhelming contributor to the decline in industrial energy use in the 1990s was the decline in real energy intensity, indicating that the trend of real energy intensity declines in the 1980s at the 2-digit level was still maintained in the 1990s. This conclusion still holds even if we lower the growth rate dramatically in line with the belief that the growth rate of China’s GDP is overestimated.

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Centre for Development Studies (CDS) in its series CDS Research Reports with number 200111.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:rugcds:200111

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  1. Julien Allaire, 2006. "Industrie lourde et intensité énergétique de la croissance chinoise," Post-Print halshs-00007931, HAL.
  2. Zhao, Xingshu & Michaelowa, Axel, 2004. "CDM Potential for Rural Transition in China Case Study: Options in Yinzhou District, Zhejiang Province," HWWA Discussion Papers 291, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).

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