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Decomposing the changes of energy-related carbon emissions in China: evidence from the PDA approach

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In order to investigate the main drivers of CO 2 emissions changes in China during the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006–2010) and seek the main ways to reduce CO 2 emissions, we decompose the changes of energy-related CO 2 emissions using the production-theoretical decomposition analysis approach. The results indicate that, first, economic growth and energy consumption are the two main drivers of CO 2 emissions increase during the sample period; particularly in the northern coastal, northwest and central regions, where tremendous coal resources are consumed, the driving effect of their energy consumption on CO 2 emissions appears fairly evident. Second, the improvement of carbon abatement technology and the reduction in energy intensity play significant roles in curbing carbon emissions, and comparatively the effect of carbon abatement technology proves more significant. Third, energy use technical efficiency, energy use technology and carbon abatement technical efficiency have only slight influence on CO 2 emissions overall. In the end, we put forward some policy recommendations for China’s government to reduce CO 2 emissions intensity in the future. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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  • Yue-Jun Zhang & Ya-Bin Da, 2013. "Decomposing the changes of energy-related carbon emissions in China: evidence from the PDA approach," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 69(1), pages 1109-1122, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nathaz:v:69:y:2013:i:1:p:1109-1122
    DOI: 10.1007/s11069-013-0752-5
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    CO 2 emissions; PDA; Distance functions; Environmental DEA;
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    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General

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