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What Drove Changes in the Embodied Energy Consumption of Guangdong's Exports from 2007-2012?
Tang, Zhipeng1,2; Zou, Jialing3; Wu, Shuang4
2018-08-01
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume10Issue:8Pages:15
Corresponding AuthorZou, Jialing(zoujling@mail.sysu.edu.cn)
AbstractChina's economy has been highly reliant on exports in recent years, with Guangdong its biggest province in export trade volume. Despite the global financial crisis of 2008, exports from Guangdong continued to increase significantly; however, the energy consumption embodied in exports is unknown. In this study, we investigate the changes of energy embodied in exports from 2007 to 2012 in Guangdong Province. We use EIO (Environmental Input-Output) and LMDI (Logarithmic Mean Divisia Index) method to find out the drivers of such changes embodied in total exports and export of each sector. Our results show: Firstly, from 2007 to 2012, the export structure in Guangdong has changed, reflecting in low energy intensity industry experiencing faster growth in exports than high energy intensity industry. Secondly, the growth rate of embodied energy consumption in Guangdong's exports is slowing, with average annual growth from 2007 to 2012 of 6.8%. Thirdly, though Guangdong's exports grew significantly, the energy consumption embodied therein decreased by 23% from 2007 to 2012, representing a drop of 50.51 Mtce. Finally, the most prominent change driver differed across sectors: For low value-added industries, such as metal smelting and rolling, the main contributor was export structure change, whereas for high value-added industries, such as communications, computers, and other electronic equipment, the main contributor was technical change. Guangdong is playing a leading role in industrial upgrading in China, and this has made the embodied energy consumption decreased obviously in Guangdong. It will be interesting to further investigate the trends of embodied energy consumption of other provinces in China, as this would give us deeper understanding of Chinese resource and environment problems.
KeywordGuangdong exports' embodied energy consumption input-output model logarithmic mean Divisia index
DOI10.3390/su10082755
WOS KeywordSTRUCTURAL DECOMPOSITION ANALYSIS ; DIVISIA INDEX DECOMPOSITION ; CARBON EMISSIONS ; CO2 EMISSIONS ; LMDI METHOD ; DRIVING FORCES ; CHINA ; INTENSITY ; TRADE ; DRIVERS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41430636] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41771135] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41571518] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[U1601218]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000446767700171
PublisherMDPI
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/52798
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorZou, Jialing
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Reg Sustainable Dev Modeling, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Resources & Environm, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Sun Yat Sen Univ, Ctr Studies Hong Kong Macao & Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, Peoples R China
4.Hong Kong Baptist Univ, Dept Geog, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
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Tang, Zhipeng,Zou, Jialing,Wu, Shuang. What Drove Changes in the Embodied Energy Consumption of Guangdong's Exports from 2007-2012?[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2018,10(8):15.
APA Tang, Zhipeng,Zou, Jialing,&Wu, Shuang.(2018).What Drove Changes in the Embodied Energy Consumption of Guangdong's Exports from 2007-2012?.SUSTAINABILITY,10(8),15.
MLA Tang, Zhipeng,et al."What Drove Changes in the Embodied Energy Consumption of Guangdong's Exports from 2007-2012?".SUSTAINABILITY 10.8(2018):15.
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