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

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  • Yue-Jun Zhang
  • Ya-Bin Da

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In order to investigate the main drivers of CO2 emissions changes in China during the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010) and seek the main ways to reduce CO2 emissions, we decompose the changes of energy-related CO2 emissions using the production-theoretical decomposition analysis (PDA) approach. The results indicate that, first, economic growth and energy consumption are the two main drivers of CO2 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 CO2 emissions appears fairly evident. Second, the improvement of carbon abatement technology and the reduction of 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 CO2 emissions overall. In the end, we put forward some policy recommendations for China's government to reduce CO2 emissions intensity in the future.

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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," CEEP-BIT Working Papers 45, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEP), Beijing Institute of Technology.
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    CO2 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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