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Considering Emission Treatment for Energy-Efficiency Improvement and Air Pollution Reduction in China’s Industrial Sector

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School of Economic Management, Changzhou Vocational Institute of Mechatronic Technology, No. 26 Middle Minxin Road, Wujin District, Changzhou 213164, China
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Department of Economics, Soochow University, 56, Kueiyang St., Sec. 1, Taipei 100, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4329; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114329
Received: 29 September 2018 / Revised: 15 November 2018 / Accepted: 18 November 2018 / Published: 21 November 2018
China has one of the most serious air quality conditions in the world, with the main energy consumption and air pollution emissions coming from its industrial sector. Since 2010, the Chinese government has strengthened the governance requirements for industrial sector emissions. This study uses emission treatment as a new input on the basis of past literature, and employs the dynamic SBM model to evaluate the energy and emission-reduction efficiencies of the country’s industrial sector from 2011 to 2015. The study finds that the improvement in industrial sector efficiency is not only due to the optimization of the energy consumption structure and reduction of energy intensity, but also from investing inemission treatment methods that help cut emissions as an undesirable output. The end result is a positive effect on the improvement and sustainability of energy and emission-reduction efficiencies. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy efficiency; air pollution reduction; emission treatment; China’s industrial sector; dynamic SBM model energy efficiency; air pollution reduction; emission treatment; China’s industrial sector; dynamic SBM model
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Teng, X.; Lu, L.C.; Chiu, Y.-H. Considering Emission Treatment for Energy-Efficiency Improvement and Air Pollution Reduction in China’s Industrial Sector. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4329.

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