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How to Measure Carbon Equity: Carbon Gini Index Based on Historical Cumulative Emission Per Capita

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  • Teng Fei

    (Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University)

  • He Jiankun

    (Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University)

  • Pan Xunzhang

    (Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University)

Abstract

This paper uses Lorenz Curve and Gini Index with adjustment to per capita historical cumulative emission and constructs Carbon Gini Index to measure inequality in climate change area. The analysis using Carbon Gini Index shows that 70% of carbon space in the atmosphere has been used for unequal distribution, which is almost the same as that of income in the country with the biggest gap between rich and poor in the world. The carbon equity should be an urgency and priority in the climate agenda. Carbon Gini Index established in this paper can be used to measure inequality in the distribution of carbon space and provide a quantified indicator for measurement of carbon equity among different proposals.

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  • Teng Fei & He Jiankun & Pan Xunzhang, 2011. "How to Measure Carbon Equity: Carbon Gini Index Based on Historical Cumulative Emission Per Capita," Working Papers 2011.31, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2011.31
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    1. M√ľnnich Vass, Miriam & Elofsson, Katarina & Gren, Ing-Marie, 2013. "An equity assessment of introducing uncertain forest carbon sequestration in EU climate policy," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 1432-1442.
    2. Pan, Xunzhang & Teng, Fei & Wang, Gehua, 2014. "A comparison of carbon allocation schemes: On the equity-efficiency tradeoff," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 222-229.

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    Keywords

    Climate Change; Carbon Equity; Long-term Mitigation Goal; Cumulative Emission Per Capita; Carbon Gini Index;

    JEL classification:

    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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