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Sustainability 2016, 8(3), 216; doi:10.3390/su8030216

A Rethinking of the Production Approach in IPCC: Its Objectiveness in China

College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
Center for the Yangtze River Delta’s Socioeconomic Development, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Research Center for Economics and Trade in Forest Products of the State Forestry Administration, Nanjing 210037, China
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 4 January 2016 / Revised: 22 February 2016 / Accepted: 24 February 2016 / Published: 27 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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The trade of harvested wood products (HWPs) and their feedstock increasingly affects the dynamics of the complete national HWP carbon pool ignored by the Production Approach (PA), the current universal method, proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Existing research also overlooks the inherent factors that lead to the non-objectiveness of PA that affects the potential carbon trade and the sustainable use of forestry resources. This study aimed to investigate such inherent factors through a deductive derivation of PA and the Stock-Change Approach (SCA), based on which an empirical study on China was conducted to rethink the objectiveness of PA in the complete national HWP carbon pool. The deductive derivation indicated that the inherent factors rely on the balance between coefficients that describe the relationship between HWP trade and production and the relationship between the corresponding feedstock trade and production. The empirical study further illustrated that the dynamics of balance between coefficients negatively influence the objectiveness of PA. The absolute objectiveness of this approach was constantly weakened in the past 55 years and may potentially occur yet again in the future despite an improvement in its annual relative objectiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: Production Approach; Stock-Change Approach; objectiveness; complete national HWP carbon pool; China Production Approach; Stock-Change Approach; objectiveness; complete national HWP carbon pool; China

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