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Realizing a Low Carbon Future

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 2285

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Department of Economics, Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, 80000 Osmaniye, Turkey
Interests: energy economics; economic growth; environmental sustainability; time series analysis
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Sustainability discusses the impact of various macroeconomic indicators on carbon emissions and footprints. Carbon-based pollutants are considered the main contributors to global warming and climate change. Increases in carbon emissions threaten living species by causing ozone-layer depletion, higher temperatures on continents, and climate change. Moreover, these threats are expected to put economic pressure on countries in the future. In this context, various aggregates such as the 1972 Stockholm Conference, the Rio Conference, the 1997 Kyoto Climate Conference, the 2003 Milan Climate Conference, and the 2015 Paris Climate Conference have been held to reduce carbon-related pollution, and scientists have empirically analyzed the determinants of carbon emissions.

The analysis of macroeconomic determinants of carbon pollution is very important for policymakers. Can renewable energy, green patents, human capital, low-carbon technologies, and the like reduce carbon emissions and footprint? Can environmental quality be improved and carbon pollution minimized if fossil-fuel consumption, heavy industry production, urbanization, foreign trade, financial development, etc., are regulated in a more environmentally friendly manner? Many researchers have searched for answers to these questions, but have not yet reached a clear consensus.

Environmental economists have often studied the determinants of carbon pollutants using econometric analysis. More recently, researchers have studied environmental degradation, in particular, indicators such as CO2 emissions and carbon footprint, using various methods based on Fourier approximation and wavelet transforms. Carbon-pollution prevention can help achieve the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as SDG-11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG-13 Climate Change. In this context, this Special Issue welcomes studies that examine the determinants of CO2 emissions and carbon footprint, particularly in the framework of the environmental Kuznets curve and the pollution haven hypothesis. With these studies, the factors that countries and societies can contribute towards the "Low Carbon Future" are discussed. The Special Issue evaluates the studies discussing this issue using time series or panel data analysis.

In particular, selected topics and keywords will include, but are not limited to:

  • CO2 emission.
  • Carbon footprint.
  • Ecological footprint.
  • Time series analysis.
  • Panel data analysis.
  • Sustainable development goals.
  • Low carbon technologies.
  • Fourier approximation.

Dr. Mehmet Akif Destek
Dr. Ugur Korkut Pata
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  • CO2 emissions
  • carbon footprint
  • ecological footprint
  • time series analysis
  • panel data analysis
  • sustainable development goals
  • low-carbon technologies
  • Fourier approximation

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Dynamic Analysis of the Carbon Footprint in Winter Wheat Production Based on Lifecycle Assessment and the LMDI Model: A Case Study of Jiangsu Province in China
by Rundong He, Jiashuo Dong, Xuesong Zhang, Feng Zheng and Zhenghua Hu
Sustainability 2023, 15(16), 12396; - 15 Aug 2023
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This study applies the lifecycle assessment (LCA) to quantify the carbon footprint within the winter wheat production system in Jiangsu Province during 2011–2020. Additionally, the study employs the Logarithmic Mean Division Index (LMDI) to analyze the driving factors behind its changes. The results [...] Read more.
This study applies the lifecycle assessment (LCA) to quantify the carbon footprint within the winter wheat production system in Jiangsu Province during 2011–2020. Additionally, the study employs the Logarithmic Mean Division Index (LMDI) to analyze the driving factors behind its changes. The results show that (1) the greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production in the region increased from 4837.8 kgCO2-eq/hm2 to 5701.1 kgCO2-eq/hm2 with an annual average increase of 95.9 kgCO2-eq/hm2; (2) the primary carbon sequestration method for wheat production in Jiangsu Province is straw returning; (3) the carbon footprint of wheat at yield scale and value scale generally increased during the period, whereas the carbon footprint at cost scale decreased over the years; (4) the driving factors effects’ cumulative contribution rates are as follows: economic level > population size > employment structure > production structure > production efficiency. This research explores the dynamic changes and driving factors influencing the carbon footprint associated with winter wheat production in Jiangsu Province, which could provide theoretical references for the future clean production of winter wheat. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Realizing a Low Carbon Future)
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