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Incorporating jurisdiction issues into regional carbon accounts under production and consumption accounting principles


  • Christa Jensen

    () (West Virginia Univeristy)

  • Stuart Mcintyre

    () (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde)

  • Max Munday

    () (Cardiff University)

  • Karen Turner

    () (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde)


Despite increased public interest, policymakers have been slow to enact targets based on limiting emissions under full consumption accounting measures (such as carbon footprints). This paper argues that this may be due to the fact that policymakers in one jurisdiction do not have control over production technologies used in other jurisdictions. The paper uses a regional input-output framework and data derived on carbon dioxide emissions by industry (and households) to examine regional accountability for emissions generation. In doing so, we consider two accounting methods that permit greater accountability of regional private and public (household and government) final consumption as the main driver of regional emissions generation, while retaining focus on the local production technology and consumption decisions that fall under the jurisdiction of regional policymakers. We propose that these methods permit an attribution of emissions generation that is likely to be of more use to regional policymakers than a full global footprint analysis.

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  • Christa Jensen & Stuart Mcintyre & Max Munday & Karen Turner, 2010. "Incorporating jurisdiction issues into regional carbon accounts under production and consumption accounting principles," Working Papers 1012, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:str:wpaper:1012

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    1. Turner, Karen & Lenzen, Manfred & Wiedmann, Thomas & Barrett, John, 2007. "Examining the global environmental impact of regional consumption activities -- Part 1: A technical note on combining input-output and ecological footprint analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(1), pages 37-44, April.
    2. Wiedmann, Thomas & Lenzen, Manfred & Turner, Karen & Barrett, John, 2007. "Examining the global environmental impact of regional consumption activities -- Part 2: Review of input-output models for the assessment of environmental impacts embodied in trade," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 15-26, February.
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    1. Hermannsson, Kristinn & McIntyre, Stuart G., 2014. "Local consumption and territorial based accounting for CO2 emissions," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 1-11.
    2. Christa D. Jensen & Stuart Mcintyre & Max Munday & Karen Turner, 2013. "Responsibility for Regional Waste Generation: A Single-Region Extended Input--Output Analysis for Wales," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(6), pages 913-933, June.
    3. repec:eee:touman:v:36:y:2013:i:c:p:35-44 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. De, Fence Janine & McGregor, Peter G & Munday, Max & Swales, J Kim & Turner, Karen, 2010. "Incorporating jurisdiction issues into an analysis of carbon attributable to Welsh final consumption under different economic conditions: an integrated IO and CGE analysis," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2010-16, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
    5. Court, Christa D. & Munday, Max & Roberts, Annette & Turner, Karen, 2015. "Can hazardous waste supply chain ‘hotspots’ be identified using an input–output framework?," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 241(1), pages 177-187.
    6. repec:eee:appene:v:211:y:2018:i:c:p:549-567 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. repec:eee:touman:v:45:y:2014:i:c:p:16-27 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Turner, Karen & Munday, Max & McGregor, Peter & Swales, Kim, 2012. "How responsible is a region for its carbon emissions? An empirical general equilibrium analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 70-78.

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    pollution attribution; regional economy; input-output analysis; Wales;

    JEL classification:

    • C67 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Input-Output Models
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods

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