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Special Issue "The Nexus of Carbon Emissions and Global Production Networks"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hongguang Liu
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College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
Interests: resource and environmental effects of complex production-consumption networks
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Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
Interests: land use transition; spatial planning; eco-environmental effect; environmental Economy; regional sustainable development
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Prof. Dr. Qiang Wang
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School of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China
Interests: the carbon emission effect of territorial spatial planning
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Interests: economic geography; environmental economics; sustainable development; political ecology; global supply chain; food security
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global production network is the most important factor affecting the spatial pattern of carbon emissions. At present, many studies have conducted a large number of studies on the carbon emissions involved in global trade, demand–supply chains, and value-added chains. Some theoretical problems, such as embodied carbon emissions and carbon leakage have been indicated, and some countermeasures, such as consumption-based carbon emission accounting system, value-added carbon emission responsibility sharing mechanism, among others were proposed, which have played a positive role in global carbon governance. Therefore, further research on the relationship between the global production network and carbon emissions, revealing the impact of changes in the global production pattern on the global carbon emission pattern, and discussing the favorable and unfavorable factors for carbon emission reduction in the process of organizing the production network, will help promote global carbon governance.

This Special Issue "The Nexus of Carbon Emissions and Global Production Networks" will collect information on changes in global or regional production patterns and shifts in carbon emissions, carbon emissions embodied in production networks, economic growth and carbon emission inequality, low-carbon and green supply chain management. Original theories, new methods, interesting cases, review articles, and other forms of research are all welcome. The topics of the Special Issue include, but are not limited to: carbon peaking, carbon neutrality, energy consumption and carbon emission reduction, industrial spatial organization, industry relocation, industry upgrading, demand–supply chain, value-added chain, low-carbon supply chain management, green supply chain management, carbon emission remote sensing, carbon emission monitoring, etc.

Dr. Hongguang Liu
Dr. Pingxing Li
Prof. Dr. Qiang Wang
Dr. Mengyao Han
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • carbon emissions
  • global production networks
  • demand-supply chain
  • value-added chain
  • industrial spatial organization
  • carbon emission accounting
  • carbon emission monitoring

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