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Impact Analysis of Air Pollutant Emission Policies on Thermal Coal Supply Chain Enterprises in China


  • Xiaopeng Guo

    (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Hui Long Guan, Chang Ping District, Beijing 102206, China)

  • Xiaodan Guo

    (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Hui Long Guan, Chang Ping District, Beijing 102206, China)

  • Jiahai Yuan

    (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Hui Long Guan, Chang Ping District, Beijing 102206, China)


Spurred by the increasingly serious air pollution problem, the Chinese government has launched a series of policies to put forward specific measures of power structure adjustment and the control objectives of air pollution and coal consumption. Other policies pointed out that the coal resources regional blockades will be broken by improving transportation networks and constructing new logistics nodes. Thermal power takes the largest part of China’s total installed power generation capacity, so these policies will undoubtedly impact thermal coal supply chain member enterprises. Based on the actual situation in China, this paper figures out how the member enterprises adjust their business decisions to satisfy the requirements of air pollution prevention and control policies by establishing system dynamic models of policy impact transfer. These dynamic analyses can help coal enterprises and thermal power enterprises do strategic environmental assessments and find directions of sustainable development. Furthermore, the policy simulated results of this paper provide the Chinese government with suggestions for policy-making to make sure that the energy conservation and emission reduction policies and sustainable energy policies can work more efficiently.

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  • Xiaopeng Guo & Xiaodan Guo & Jiahai Yuan, 2014. "Impact Analysis of Air Pollutant Emission Policies on Thermal Coal Supply Chain Enterprises in China," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 7(1), pages 1-21, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:7:y:2014:i:1:p:75-95:d:43866

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