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Minerals 2015, 5(2), 203-220; https://doi.org/10.3390/min5020203

Study on the Optimization of the Industrial Structure in a Mining Economic Region: Taking Carbon Emissions as a Restriction

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School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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School of Humanities and Economic Management, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
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Key Laboratory of Carrying Capacity Assessment for Resource and Environment, Ministry of Land and Resources, Beijing 100083, China
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Academic Editor: Mustafa Kumral
Received: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 7 April 2015 / Published: 14 April 2015
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In the first decade of the 21st century, as a typical coal province and mining economic region, Shanxi province made a great contribution to the national economic construction and reform. At the same time, coal mining has caused serious damage to the ecological environment, excessive use of resources, the deterioration of the ecological environment and a decline in the sustainable development capacity. Overreliance on a resource-based economy leads to problems such as a poorly developed economy and a single industrial structure. In this context, Shanxi province has to take actions to transform its industrial structure into a low-carbon development model as soon as possible. This paper measures the values of the consumption coefficients of capital investments, electric power and CO2 emissions by establishing a Grey Model (1, 1) using the data from 2007 to 2011 and designing the optimization scheme of the three industrial structures from 2015 to 2020 by establishing a grey dynamic linear programming model for Shanxi province. The results show that the industrial structure in Shanxi province needs to be improved. It is revealed that the proportion of three industries in Shanxi province should change from 6:46:48 in 2015 to 6:41:54 in 2020. At the same time, among the seven largest sectors in terms of carbon emissions in the secondary industry, Shanxi government may continue to promote the development of the coal-bed methane and the coal chemical industry in the coal industry, while the other six sectors should be limited. View Full-Text
Keywords: low carbon economy; industrial structure optimization; Grey Model (1, 1); grey dynamic linear programming model; mining economic region low carbon economy; industrial structure optimization; Grey Model (1, 1); grey dynamic linear programming model; mining economic region
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Li, L.; Lei, Y.; Zhao, L.; Li, X. Study on the Optimization of the Industrial Structure in a Mining Economic Region: Taking Carbon Emissions as a Restriction. Minerals 2015, 5, 203-220.

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