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Special Issue "Digital Economy, Environmental Protection and Public Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Anthropogenic Circularity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 12 July 2025 | Viewed by 1282

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Prof. Dr. Weixin Yang
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Business School, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China
Interests: environmental management; sustainable development
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Prof. Dr. Yunpeng Yang
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Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China
Interests: environmental modeling; environmental information system
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Prof. Dr. Lingyin Pan
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Business School, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China
Interests: environmental management

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Dear Colleagues,

Since 2020, the digital economy has become a new engine and new kinetic energy for the economic growth of countries around the world in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19. Data from the 2021 Global Digital Economy Conference show that the total digital economy of forty-seven countries in the world has reached 32.6 trillion US dollars in 2020, accounting for 43.7% of their GDP. However, in the context of the rapid growth of the digital economy, the ensuing surge in energy consumption and pollution have put tremendous pressure on environmental pollution control and public health protection in countries around the world. The construction of digital economy infrastructure that relies heavily on fossil energy is facing severe challenges in energy saving and emission reduction, especially in developing countries. Meanwhile, the massive amount of waste packaging brought about by the rapid development of e-commerce platforms has also caused huge negative impacts on the environment and public health. Take China, the world’s largest developing country, as an example. To realize the international commitments of “carbon peak by 2030” and “carbon neutrality by 2060”, it is necessary for China to build a green and low-carbon digital economy development model as soon as possible on the premise of protecting public health, to achieve high-quality sustainable development.

Therefore, we have organized this Special Issue to discuss the novel issues and challenges that global digital economy development poses to environmental protection and public health, the environmental protection policies and public health policies implemented by countries in the context of digital economy and their effectiveness, and how to improve current policies to better protect the ecological environment and public health. Submissions for this Special Issue could relate but are not limited to the following topics: novel issues about environmental protection in the context of digital economy, new challenges in protecting public health in the context of the digital economy, environmental protection policies in the context of digital economy and their effectiveness, public health policies in the context of digital economy and their effectiveness, and how to improve current policies to better protect the ecological environment and public health.

Prof. Dr. Weixin Yang
Prof. Dr. Yunpeng Yang
Prof. Dr. Lingyin Pan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • digital economy
  • environmental pollution
  • public health
  • governance policy

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Executive Overconfidence, Digital Transformation and Environmental Innovation: The Role of Moderated Mediator
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5990; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105990 - 14 May 2022
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With the increasingly prominent energy and environmental problems, environmental innovation has become a critical path to achieving the goal of coordinating economic development and environmental protection fundamentally. This study aims to examine the impacts of executive overconfidence on environmental innovation and the mediating [...] Read more.
With the increasingly prominent energy and environmental problems, environmental innovation has become a critical path to achieving the goal of coordinating economic development and environmental protection fundamentally. This study aims to examine the impacts of executive overconfidence on environmental innovation and the mediating role of digital transformation. We conduct empirical tests based on the panel data of Chinese publicly listed enterprises during the period of 2007–2019. The results exhibit that (a) executive overconfidence can significantly promote environmental technology innovation but has no obvious effect on environmental management innovation; (b) executive overconfidence can significantly enhance digital transformation, and, accordingly, digital transformation can significantly promote environmental technology innovation and environmental management innovation; (c) industry competition and economic policy uncertainty can enhance the positive effect of executive overconfidence on digital transformation; and (d) a firms’ asset size can enhance the impact of digital transformation on environmental technology innovation; internal control positively moderates the impact of digital transformation on environmental technology innovation and negatively moderates the impact on environmental management innovation. This study not only breaks the stereotype about overconfidence and confirms its positive impact on digital transformation and environmental innovation but also provides insights for enterprises to improve environmental innovation through digital transformation. Full article
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Embodied Carbon in China’s Export Trade: A Multi Region Input-Output Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 3894; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073894 - 24 Mar 2022
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With the rapid growth of China’s export trade and increasing pressure of domestic carbon emission reduction, the issue of carbon embodied in export trade has attracted increasing attention from academic circles. This paper has constructed a calculation model for embodied carbon in China’s [...] Read more.
With the rapid growth of China’s export trade and increasing pressure of domestic carbon emission reduction, the issue of carbon embodied in export trade has attracted increasing attention from academic circles. This paper has constructed a calculation model for embodied carbon in China’s export trade by using the multi-region input-output model and the international input-output data from the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) database in order to calculate the amount of embodied carbon. Our objective is to analyze the main source industry and specific sectors of embodied carbon in China’s export trade, and to provide a quantitative basis for emission reduction under the “carbon neutrality” strategy. The findings reveal that the embodied carbon in China’s export trade mainly comes from the secondary industry, which accounts for more than 90% of the total embodied carbon in export trade, while the proportions of embodied carbon in the primary industry and the tertiary industry are relatively low, about 1% and 5–7%, respectively. In terms of specific sectors, the crop and animal production and hunting sectors have the largest share (over 60%) of embodied carbon in the export trade of the primary industry; in the export trade of the secondary industry, the main sources of embodied carbon are the manufacturing sector and the power, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply sectors, respectively accounting for around 50% and 45% of the total embodied carbon in the export trade of the secondary industry; as for the tertiary industry, the transport and storage sectors have the largest share of embodied carbon in the export trade, which is around 70%. Based on the above research results, this paper has provided relevant policy recommendations, which are optimizing the export structure, improving the energy consumption structure and the carbon emissions trading system. Full article
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