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Effects of Household Consumption Patterns on CO2 Requirements

Mette Wier, Manfred Lenzen, Jesper Munksgaard and Sinne Smed ()

Economic Systems Research, 2001, vol. 13, issue 3, 259-274

Abstract: In order to evaluate the relation between the consumption pattern of various household types and their CO2 requirements, we combine input-output tables energy flow matrices, CO2 emissions factors, and national consumer survey statistics into an integrated modelling framework, and relate differences in household types to differences in private consumption and again to differences in CO2 emissions. We identify household characteristics with a significant influence on CO2 emissions. Comparing our results with those of other studies reveals that national differences in climate and population density cause differences in the contribution to CO2 emissions. Finally, national differences in income and expenditure elasticities of both energy and CO2 are due to differences in the disparity in CO2 intensities amongst commodities and to the model's assumptions on foreign technology.

Keywords: Co2 Emissions; Consumption Patterny; Household Characteristics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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