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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 145; doi:10.3390/su10010145

What Is the Relationship between Technological Innovation and Energy Consumption? Empirical Analysis Based on Provincial Panel Data from China

School of Business Administration, China University of Petroleum, Beijing 102249, China
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Received: 16 November 2017 / Revised: 26 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 9 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in the Mining, Minerals and Energy Industries)
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This paper investigates the relationship between energy consumption and technological innovation using a dynamic panel data model and regional-level data from China for the period 1995–2012. In contrast to previous studies, it examines the short and long-run bilateral relationship between technological innovation and energy consumption. The results show that in the short run, technological innovation leads to an increase in energy consumption, while energy consumption has no significant effect on technological innovation. In the long run, however, energy consumption is positively and bilaterally related to technological innovation. These findings suggest that although technological innovation does not directly lead to a reduction in energy consumption as mentioned in the extant literature, it could help achieve sustainability through improving energy efficiency and developing energy structure for developing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: technological innovation; energy consumption; dynamic panel; sustainable development technological innovation; energy consumption; dynamic panel; sustainable development
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Jin, L.; Duan, K.; Tang, X. What Is the Relationship between Technological Innovation and Energy Consumption? Empirical Analysis Based on Provincial Panel Data from China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 145.

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