Factors Influencing the Spatial Difference in Household Energy Consumption in China
AbstractWhat factors determine the spatial heterogeneity of household energy consumption (HEC) in China? Can the impacts of these factors be quantified? What are the trends and characteristics of the spatial differences? To date, these issues are still unclear. Based on the STIRPAT model and panel dataset for 30 provinces in China over the period 1997–2013, this paper investigated influences of the income per capita, urbanization level and annual average temperature on HEC, and revealed the spatial effects of these influencing factors. The results show that the income level is the main influencing factor, followed by the annual average temperature. There exists a diminishing marginal contribution with increasing income. The influence of urbanization level varies according to income level. In addition, from the eastern region to western region of China, variances largely depend upon economic level at the provincial level. From the northern region to southern region, change is mainly caused by temperature. The urbanization level has more significant impact on the structure and efficiency of household energy consumption than on its quantity. These results could provide reference for policy making and energy planning. View Full-Text
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Ding, Y.; Qu, W.; Niu, S.; Liang, M.; Qiang, W.; Hong, Z. Factors Influencing the Spatial Difference in Household Energy Consumption in China. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1285.
Ding Y, Qu W, Niu S, Liang M, Qiang W, Hong Z. Factors Influencing the Spatial Difference in Household Energy Consumption in China. Sustainability. 2016; 8(12):1285.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ding, Yongxia; Qu, Wei; Niu, Shuwen; Liang, Man; Qiang, Wenli; Hong, Zhenguo. 2016. "Factors Influencing the Spatial Difference in Household Energy Consumption in China." Sustainability 8, no. 12: 1285.
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