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Energies 2015, 8(6), 5516-5537; doi:10.3390/en8065516

Effect of Construction Land Expansion on Energy-Related Carbon Emissions: Empirical Analysis of China and Its Provinces from 2001 to 2011

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School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
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Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, Jianghan University, Wuhan 430056, China
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Academic Editor: Xiangzheng Deng
Received: 21 January 2015 / Revised: 18 May 2015 / Accepted: 1 June 2015 / Published: 8 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Large Scale LUCC, Ecosystem Service, Water Balance and Energy Use)
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Construction land expansion significantly affects energy-related carbon emissions. This paper analyzed the effect of construction land expansion on energy-related carbon emissions in China and its provinces from 2001 to 2011 by using the logarithmic mean Divisia index method. We divided the study into two intervals (2001–2006 and 2006–2011) and categorized the 30 provinces of China into eight zones. Results indicated that construction land expansion exerted the second largest positive effect on carbon emission growth in China and in the 30 provinces from 2001 to 2011. The north, east, and south coastal regions as well as the middle Yellow River region, were the highly affected regions in the same period. Between the two study intervals, the effect of construction land expansion on carbon emissions decreased in China and in the coastal regions, but increased in inland regions. The Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Yunnan, Chongqing, Ningxia, and Xinjiang provinces, which are concentrated in the north, east, and south coastal regions, were selected for the reduction of carbon emissions by controlling construction land expansion. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction land expansion; energy-related carbon emissions; logarithmic mean Divisia index decomposition method; regional differences construction land expansion; energy-related carbon emissions; logarithmic mean Divisia index decomposition method; regional differences
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Deng, X.; Yu, Y.; Liu, Y. Effect of Construction Land Expansion on Energy-Related Carbon Emissions: Empirical Analysis of China and Its Provinces from 2001 to 2011. Energies 2015, 8, 5516-5537.

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