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Investigating Low-Carbon City: Empirical Study of Shanghai

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School of Economic and Management, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580, Shandong, China
School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 10081, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1054;
Received: 23 March 2018 / Revised: 30 March 2018 / Accepted: 30 March 2018 / Published: 2 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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A low-carbon economy is an inevitable choice for achieving economic and ecological sustainable development. It is of significant importance to analyze a city’s low-carbon economy development level scientifically and reasonably. In order to achieve this goal, we propose an urban low-carbon economic development level evaluation model based on the matter-element extension method. First, we select some indicators from the existing indicator system based on past research and experience. Then, a matter-element model is established on the basis of weight to evaluate the level of a city’s low-carbon, the critical value of each index is determined through the classical domain and the section domain, calculating the correlation degree of a single index and a comprehensive index. Finally, we analyze the low-carbon economy development status and future development trends according to the analysis results. In this study, we select Shanghai as an empirical study—the results show that Shanghai is a city with a low-carbon level and there is a trend of further improvement in Shanghai’s low-carbon economy. But its low carbon construction and low carbon technology investment are relatively low. In summary, this method can provide another angle for evaluating a city’s low-carbon economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: low-carbon economy; entropy weight; matter-element extension model; Shanghai low-carbon economy; entropy weight; matter-element extension model; Shanghai
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