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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 337; doi:10.3390/su8040337

How to Move China toward a Green-Energy Economy: From a Sector Perspective

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State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
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College of Resource and Environment Sciences, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China
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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Department of Economics and Management, Yuncheng University, Yuncheng 044000, China
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Academic Editor: Daniel A. Vallero
Received: 19 March 2016 / Revised: 31 March 2016 / Accepted: 31 March 2016 / Published: 6 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Monitoring and Sustainable Development)
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With China’s rapid economic growth, energy-related CO2 emissions have experienced a dramatic increase. Quantification of energy-related CO2 emissions that occur in China is of serious concern for the policy makers to make efficient environmental policies without damaging the economic growth. Examining 33 productive sectors in China, this paper combined the extended “Kaya identity” and “IPAT model” with the Log-Mean Divisia Index Method (LMDI) to analyze the contribution of various factors driving of energy-related CO2 emissions in China during 1995–2009. Empirical results show that the main obstacle that hinders China’s transition to a green energy economy is the economic structure characterized by high carbon emissions. In contrast, the increased proportion of renewable energy sources (RES) and the improvement of energy efficiency play a more important role in reducing carbon emissions. Moreover, the power sector has a pivotal position in CO2 emissions reduction, primarily because of the expansion of electricity consumption. These findings suggest that policies and measures should be considered for various industrial sectors to maximize the energy efficiency potential. In addition, optimizing the industrial structure is more urgent than adjusting the energy structure for China. View Full-Text
Keywords: CO2 emissions; LMDI I; production sector; green-energy economy; China CO2 emissions; LMDI I; production sector; green-energy economy; China
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Dong, J.-F.; Wang, Q.; Deng, C.; Wang, X.-M.; Zhang, X.-L. How to Move China toward a Green-Energy Economy: From a Sector Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 337.

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