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Potential for reducing global carbon emissions from electricity production--A benchmarking analysis

B.W. Ang, Peng Zhou () and L.P. Tay

Energy Policy, 2011, vol. 39, issue 5, 2482-2489

Abstract: We present five performance indicators for electricity generation for 129 countries using the 2005 data. These indicators, measured at the national level, are the aggregate CO2 intensity of electricity production, the efficiencies of coal, oil and gas generation and the share of electricity produced from non-fossil fuels. We conduct a study on the potential for reducing global energy-related CO2 emissions from electricity production through simple benchmarking. This is performed based on the last four performance indicators and the construction of a cumulative curve for each of these indicators. It is found that global CO2 emissions from electricity production would be reduced by 19% if all these indicators are benchmarked at the 50th percentile. Not surprisingly, the emission reduction potential measured in absolute terms is the highest for large countries such as China, India, Russia and the United States. When the potential is expressed as a percentage of a country's own emissions, few of these countries appear in the top-five list.

Keywords: Carbon; emissions; Electricity; production; Benchmarking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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