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Exploring Potential Pathways toward Energy-Related Carbon Emission Reduction in Heavy Industrial Regions of China: An Input–Output Approach

College of New Energy and Environment, Jilin University, C128 Tangaoqing Building, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2148; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052148
Received: 2 January 2020 / Revised: 29 February 2020 / Accepted: 29 February 2020 / Published: 10 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
It is a very urgent issue to reduce energy-related carbon emissions in China. The three northeastern provinces (Heilongjiang (HLJ), Jilin (JL), and Liaoning (LN)) are typical heavy industrial regions in China, playing an important role in the national carbon emission reduction target. In this study, we analyzed the energy consumption, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and CO2 emission intensity of each sector in the three regions, and we compared them with the national level and those of China’s most developed province Guangdong (GD). Then, based on an input–output (I–O) framework, linkage analysis of production and CO2 emission from sector–system and sector–sector dimensions was conducted. The results showed that the three regions accounted for about 1/10 of China’s energy consumption and 1/6 of China’s CO2 emissions in 2012. In addition, the level of energy structure, CO2 emission intensity, and sectoral structure lagged behind China’s average level, much lower than those for GD. According to the sectoral characteristics of each region and unified backward/forward linkages of production and CO2 emissions, we divided sectoral clusters into those whose development was to be encouraged and those whose development was to be restricted. The results of this paper could provide policy–makers with reference to exploring potential pathways toward energy-related carbon emission reduction in heavy industrial regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy consumption; CO2 emissions; input–output analysis; sector linkage analysis; heavy industrial regions energy consumption; CO2 emissions; input–output analysis; sector linkage analysis; heavy industrial regions
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Peng, J.; Sun, Y.; Song, J.; Yang, W. Exploring Potential Pathways toward Energy-Related Carbon Emission Reduction in Heavy Industrial Regions of China: An Input–Output Approach. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052148

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Peng J, Sun Y, Song J, Yang W. Exploring Potential Pathways toward Energy-Related Carbon Emission Reduction in Heavy Industrial Regions of China: An Input–Output Approach. Sustainability. 2020; 12(5):2148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052148

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Peng, Jingyao; Sun, Yidi; Song, Junnian; Yang, Wei. 2020. "Exploring Potential Pathways toward Energy-Related Carbon Emission Reduction in Heavy Industrial Regions of China: An Input–Output Approach" Sustainability 12, no. 5: 2148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052148

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