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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1428;

Analyzing the Impact of Nuclear Power on CO2 Emissions

Korea Energy Economics Institute, Ulsan 44543, Korea
Division of Economics, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, Korea
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Received: 1 July 2017 / Revised: 8 August 2017 / Accepted: 10 August 2017 / Published: 12 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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This study investigates the relationship between the nuclear power proportion and CO2 emissions per capita using the panel dynamic ordinary least square method. The panel datasets consist of 18 countries covering 95% of the global nuclear reactors. The results indicate that a long-term 1% increase in nuclear power led to a 0.26–0.32% decrease in CO2 emissions per capita. Additionally, in France, Germany, and Switzerland they demonstrate the existence of the environmental Kuznets curve—an inverted U-shaped relationship between environmental pollution and income per capita. View Full-Text
Keywords: CO2 emissions; nuclear power; environmental Kuznets curve; panel dynamic ordinary least squares CO2 emissions; nuclear power; environmental Kuznets curve; panel dynamic ordinary least squares

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