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Detecting and Understanding Synergies and Co-Benefits of Low Carbon Development in the Electric Power Industry in China

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Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Fudan Tyndall Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010297
Received: 1 December 2019 / Revised: 23 December 2019 / Accepted: 26 December 2019 / Published: 30 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
China’s electric power industry contributes a significant amount of carbon emissions as well as air pollutants such as SO2, NOx, and fine particles. In order to detect co-benefits of carbon reduction and air pollution control, this study analyzed the emission reduction, emission reduction factors, and synergistic effect factors of technical and structural emission reduction measures in the electric power industry in the Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Yunnan provinces and Shanghai City. The main findings are: (1) the structural emission reduction measures in all four regions had positive co-control effects. Therefore, promoting renewables can achieve remarkable co-benefits; (2) the result demonstrated that the direct removal ability of pollutants by technical emission reduction measures was better than the structural emission reduction measures in all four case studies. However, there were no or few carbon reduction co-benefits associated with their utilization; (3) in all cases, CO2 had the highest emission factor value, which means that there is still room for synergistic carbon reduction; (4) air pollutants and CO2 emission intensity from the Yunnan power plants were much higher than that of the other three regions. In order to achieve the overall co-benefits, co-control measures should be promoted and strengthened in western areas such as Yunnan. View Full-Text
Keywords: low carbon development; co-benefits; power plants; emission control measures; China low carbon development; co-benefits; power plants; emission control measures; China
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Jiang, P.; Alimujiang, A.; Dong, H.; Yan, X. Detecting and Understanding Synergies and Co-Benefits of Low Carbon Development in the Electric Power Industry in China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 297. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010297

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Jiang P, Alimujiang A, Dong H, Yan X. Detecting and Understanding Synergies and Co-Benefits of Low Carbon Development in the Electric Power Industry in China. Sustainability. 2020; 12(1):297. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010297

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Jiang, Ping; Alimujiang, Adila; Dong, Hongjia; Yan, Xiaoyu. 2020. "Detecting and Understanding Synergies and Co-Benefits of Low Carbon Development in the Electric Power Industry in China" Sustainability 12, no. 1: 297. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010297

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