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Decomposition Analysis in Electricity Sector Output from Carbon Emissions in China

Xue-Ting Jiang (), Min Su () and Rongrong Li ()
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Xue-Ting Jiang: State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
Min Su: School of Economic & Management, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 West Changjiang Road, Qingdao 266580, China
Rongrong Li: School of Economic & Management, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 West Changjiang Road, Qingdao 266580, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 9, 1-18

Abstract: Carbon emissions from China’s electricity sector account for about one-seventh of the global carbon dioxide emissions, or half of China’s carbon dioxide emissions. A better understanding of the relationship between CO 2 emissions and electric output would help develop and adjust carbon emission mitigation strategies for China’s electricity sector. Thus, we applied the electricity elasticity of carbon emissions to a decoupling index that we combined with advanced multilevel Logarithmic Mean Divisia Index tools in order to test the carbon emission response to the electric output and the main drivers. Then, we proposed a comparative decoupling stability analysis method. The results show that the electric output effect played the most significant role in increasing CO 2 emissions from China’s electric sector. Also, “relative decoupling” was the main state during the study period (1991–2012). Moreover, the electricity elasticity of CO 2 emissions had a better performance regarding stability in the analysis of China’s electricity output.

Keywords: CO 2 emissions; electricity sector; decoupling; comparative stability analysis; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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