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Dissertation

Impact of low-carbon electricity development on carbon emissions in China

Low-carbon (LE) technologies have a significant potential to reduce the total carbon emissions in China.

Author
Yuan, R.
Date
17 May 2018
Links
Thesis in Leiden Repository

Low-carbon (LE) technologies have a significant potential to reduce the total carbon emissions in China. Yet, in existing research, most authors analyzed such implications for China as a whole rather than the amount of carbon embodied in the products and services for China’s exports. We took a regional approach, since the implementation of LE and the production of products and services for China’s exports very heterogeneously distributed over the various Chinese regions. Current studies also tend to neglect the carbon emissions related to the investments in LE. Against this background, after providing an overview of China’s carbon emissions from a multi-sectoral perspective in Chapter 2, Chapter 3 analyzes the impact of LE development on carbon emissions embodied in the exports of China’s 30 provinces during 2002-2014. Moreover, Chapter 4 focuses on the carbon impact of LE infrastructure expansion using a demand-driven MRIO mode. Finally, Chapter 5 projects the carbon impact of LE investments during 2015-2040. The results show the patterns of carbon impacts of LE development across provinces and over the years, given the dynamic nature of China’s economic development and the heterogeneity of China’s regions.

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