Dynamic Factor Analysis of Trends in Temporal–Spatial Patterns of China’s Coal Consumption
AbstractThis paper analyzes coal consumption in the 31 provinces and regions of China from 1995 to 2012. Using spatial analysis in Arc geographical information systems (ArcGIS) and the concept of the center of gravity in physics, we explore the regional differences in temporal-spatial coal consumption and the factors influencing them. The results show that China’s coal consumption increased yearly, especially after 2003. It exhibits a marked spatial clustering phenomenon; consumption in the south and east exceeded that in the north and west respectively. Moreover, the center of gravity of consumption gradually moved toward the southwest, indicating reducing gaps in coal consumption between the north-south and the east-west regions. Both the level of economic development and coal consumption are positively related with regional coal production. Promoting urbanization and increasing the proportion of the tertiary industry can effectively reduce coal consumption and help readjust coal consumption patterns to sustainable levels. View Full-Text
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Sun, Y.; Li, Q.; Chen, T.; Jia, X. Dynamic Factor Analysis of Trends in Temporal–Spatial Patterns of China’s Coal Consumption. Sustainability 2015, 7, 15119-15135.
Sun Y, Li Q, Chen T, Jia X. Dynamic Factor Analysis of Trends in Temporal–Spatial Patterns of China’s Coal Consumption. Sustainability. 2015; 7(11):15119-15135.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sun, Yuhuan; Li, Qian; Chen, Ting; Jia, Xiaoai. 2015. "Dynamic Factor Analysis of Trends in Temporal–Spatial Patterns of China’s Coal Consumption." Sustainability 7, no. 11: 15119-15135.