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How do carbon dioxide emissions respond to industrial structural transitions? Empirical results from the northeastern provinces of China

Pingdan Zhang, Haoming Yuan, Fuli Bai, Xin Tian and Feng Shi

Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2018, vol. 47, issue C, 145-154

Abstract: Upgrading the industrial structure under the constraints of CO2 emission reduction policies is an urgent challenge for northeastern China, which has experienced slow industrial growth. We analyze the impacts of industrial structure transitions on CO2 emissions and reveal significant impacts across the three provinces. Machinery and light manufacturing have shown rapid growth, and their CO2 emissions related to CO2 intensity and production structure changes have exhibited a significant decline. However, traditional carbon-intensive industries such as resource-related manufacturing and mining still emit a large amount of CO2 and existing improvements in production structure are far from sufficient. Construction is one of the largest and fastest growing emitters, yet improvements in CO2 intensity and production structure have only been observed in Liaoning and Jilin. In conclusion, changing the industrial structure is helping northeastern China mitigate their CO2 emissions; however, more effective and targeted strategies are required for sustainable future industrial development.

Keywords: Industrial structure change; CO2 emission; Input-output analysis; Structure decomposition analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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