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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1583; doi:10.3390/su9091583

A Decomposition Analysis of Embodied Energy Consumption in China’s Construction Industry

School of Economics, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350001, China
Fujian Talents Introduction Service Center, Fuzhou 350001, China
Department of International Economics and Business, School of Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
China Center for Energy Economics Research, School of Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
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Received: 31 July 2017 / Revised: 23 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published: 8 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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With the fast-paced urbanization process, there will be a rapid development of China’s construction industry. However, it could also drive for considerable energy consumption, resulting in immense pressure on the environment. Based on non-competitive (import) input–output tables, we employed the SRIO (Single Region Input–Output) model to analyze energy use embodied in China’s construction industry from 1995 to 2009 and made projections for 2020. Our results show that about 4.84 billion tons of coal equivalent energy would be consumed by China’s construction industry in 2020. It implies that urbanization not only promotes the flow of embodied energy, but also provides development opportunities for a green and energy-saving construction industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: embodied energy; input–output model; construction industry embodied energy; input–output model; construction industry

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Lin, L.; Fan, Y.; Xu, M.; Sun, C. A Decomposition Analysis of Embodied Energy Consumption in China’s Construction Industry. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1583.

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