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Input-output analysis of carbon emissions embodied in China-Japan trade

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  • Yuhuan Zhao
  • Song Wang
  • Jiaqin Yang
  • Zhonghua Zhang
  • Ya Liu

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Energy-related CO 2 emissions embodied in international trade have been widely studied by researchers all over the world. By using the bilateral trade input--output (BTIO) approach, this study investigates the CO 2 emissions embodied in China--Japan trade during 1995--2009 and attempts to identify the driving forces for the change in CO 2 emissions embodied in China’s exports to Japan during that period by using structural decomposition analysis (SDA). Result shows that CO 2 emissions embodied in China’s exports increased by about 100% from 1995 to 2009, whereas those embodied in China’s imports increased by about 500% during the same period. Result of this research also reveals that the scale effect had a large influence on the increase in CO 2 emissions embodied in China--Japan trade. The technical effect greatly decreased CO 2 emissions embodied in China’s exports to Japan, but obviously increased those embodied in imports. The influence of the structural effect was relatively small and insignificant in the change of CO 2 emissions embodied in China’s exports to Japan, but was notable in the change of emissions embodied in imports.

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  • Yuhuan Zhao & Song Wang & Jiaqin Yang & Zhonghua Zhang & Ya Liu, 2016. "Input-output analysis of carbon emissions embodied in China-Japan trade," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(16), pages 1515-1529, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:48:y:2016:i:16:p:1515-1529
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2015.1102845
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