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ICT Development and Sustainable Energy Consumption: A Perspective of Energy Productivity

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International Business School, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, China
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Donlinks School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2568; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072568
Received: 29 May 2018 / Revised: 7 July 2018 / Accepted: 10 July 2018 / Published: 23 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Sustainability)
The information and communication technology (ICT) is closely related to the future of global energy consumption, not only because the ICT equipment itself increasingly consumes energy, but also because it is a general-purpose technology which may affect energy use of almost all sectors. Given the controversy over the net energy-saving effect of ICT, this paper focuses on a new perspective, i.e., energy productivity, to investigate the relationship between ICT development and energy consumption. Using a data panel of 50 economies over the period of 1995 to 2013, results of the Malmquist energy productivity index generally indicate an unbalanced development of energy productivity across the globe, while results of the patent-based ICT knowledge stock indicate a huge gap of ICT development comparing the high-income economies with the others. Furthermore, regression results indicate that ICT development is significantly related to energy productivity improvement. Finally, this paper suggests accelerating ICT development in underdeveloped economies, given the global common task of sustainable energy consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: ICT; knowledge stock; energy consumption; sustainability; energy productivity ICT; knowledge stock; energy consumption; sustainability; energy productivity
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Yan, Z.; Shi, R.; Yang, Z. ICT Development and Sustainable Energy Consumption: A Perspective of Energy Productivity. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2568. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072568

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