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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 14408-14426; doi:10.3390/su71014408

Influencing Factors of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in China: A Decomposition Analysis

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College of Earth and Environmental Science, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
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Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6, Canada
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Academic Editor: Fausto Cavallaro
Received: 11 September 2015 / Revised: 7 October 2015 / Accepted: 21 October 2015 / Published: 26 October 2015
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China is the largest CO2 emitter in the world and is still reliant on energy consumption for economic growth. Research has focused on effective approaches of reducing and mitigating CO2 emissions. This paper undertakes a decomposition study of energy-related CO2 emissions from the industrial and household sectors during the period 1996–2012, with the objectives of investigating trends of the changes in energy-related CO2 emissions, the driving forces of these changes, and approaches of mitigating CO2 emission. Results show the following: (1) the expansion of economic activity is the dominant stimulatory factor of the increase of CO2 emissions in China and that a sustained increase in CO2 emissions can be expected; (2) the decline in energy intensity and the adjustment of energy mix and industrial structure effectively mitigate CO2 emissions; and (3) the government should give more attention to enhancing the energy utility efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in rural households. View Full-Text
Keywords: CO2 emissions; industrial and household sector; logarithmic mean Divisia index CO2 emissions; industrial and household sector; logarithmic mean Divisia index
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Wang, G.; Chen, X.; Zhang, Z.; Niu, C. Influencing Factors of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in China: A Decomposition Analysis. Sustainability 2015, 7, 14408-14426.

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