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New Energy Development and Pollution Emissions in China

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Business School, Sichuan University, Wangjiang Road No. 29, Chengdu 610064, China
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Department of Economics, Soochow University, 56, Kueiyang St., Sec. 1, Taipei 10048, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(10), 1764; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101764 (registering DOI)
Received: 21 April 2019 / Revised: 9 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 18 May 2019
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Abstract

China’s rapid economic growth is accompanied by increasing energy consumption and severe environmental problems. As sustainable development can only be achieved by reducing energy intensity, new energy and renewable energy investment, as well as improving traditional energy efficiency, is becoming increasingly important. However, past energy efficiency assessments using data envelopment analysis (DEA) models mostly focused on radial and non-radial DEA model analyses. However, traditional radial DEA models ignore non-radial slacks when evaluating efficiency values, and non-radial DEA models ignore the same proportionality as radial DEA when evaluating efficiency value slacks. To balance the radial and non-radial model characteristics and consider undesirable output, this study combines a modified Epsilou-based measure (EBM) DEA and undesirable output and proposes a modified undesirable EBM DEA model to analyze the efficiency of China’s new and traditional energy sources. The empirical results found that (1) most new energy investment in most municipalities/provinces rapidly grew from 2013 to 2016; (2) as the annual efficiency score was only 1 in Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, and Tianjin, the other 26 municipalities/provinces need significant improvements; (3) traditional energy efficiency scores were higher than new energy efficiency; and (4) NO2 efficiencies are slightly better than CO2 and SO2 efficiencies. View Full-Text
Keywords: EBM (Epsilou-based measure); efficiency; new energy; traditional energy; undesirable output EBM (Epsilou-based measure); efficiency; new energy; traditional energy; undesirable output
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Li, Y.; Chiu, Y.-H.; Lu, L.C. New Energy Development and Pollution Emissions in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1764.

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