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Sustainability 2014, 6(11), 8012-8028; doi:10.3390/su6118012

Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions of China’s Non-Metallic Mineral Products Industry: Present State, Prospects and Policy Analysis

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Economics and Management School, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra, Bruce ACT 2601, Australia
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Received: 10 September 2014 / Revised: 18 October 2014 / Accepted: 4 November 2014 / Published: 12 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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China is the largest non-metallic mineral producer in the world and one of the key consumers of four major non-metallic mineral products, including cement, refractories, plate glass and ceramics. The non-metallic mineral products industry’s rapid growth has brought about a large demand for energy. The present study provides an overview of China’s non-metallic mineral products industry in terms of production, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. In this industry, the energy efficiency is relatively low and the level of carbon dioxide emission is much higher than developed countries’ average. This study interprets the effects of some newly issued policies and analyses the influential factors in achieving energy conservation and emission reduction goals. It also discusses the prospects for saving energy and emission reduction in the industry. Retrofitting facilities and using new production technologies is imperative. Additionally, implementing market-based policies, promoting industrial transformation and effective international cooperation would help decrease carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: non-metallic mineral products industry; energy consumption; carbon dioxide emissions; energy efficiency; policy analysis non-metallic mineral products industry; energy consumption; carbon dioxide emissions; energy efficiency; policy analysis
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Hu, H.; Kavan, P. Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions of China’s Non-Metallic Mineral Products Industry: Present State, Prospects and Policy Analysis. Sustainability 2014, 6, 8012-8028.

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