Dynamism of household carbon emissions (HCEs) from rural and urban regions of northern and southern China

Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Qu, Jiansheng and Yue, Bian and Zeng, Jingjing and Maroulis, Jerry (2016) Dynamism of household carbon emissions (HCEs) from rural and urban regions of northern and southern China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23 (20). pp. 20553-20566. ISSN 0944-1344


China contributes 23% of global carbon emissions, of which 26% originate from the household sector. Due to vast variations in both climatic conditions and the affordability and accessibility of fuels, household carbon emissions (HCEs) differ significantly across China. This study compares HCEs (per person) from urban and rural regions in northern China with their counterparts in southern China. Annual macroeconomic data for the study period 2005 to 2012 were obtained from Chinese government sources whereas the direct HCEs for different types of fossil fuels were obtained using the IPCC reference approach, and indirect HCEs were calculated by input-output analysis. Results suggest that HCEs from urban areas are higher than those from rural areas. Regardless of the regions, there is a similarity in per person HCEs in urban areas, but the rural areas of northern China had significantly higher HCEs than those from southern China. The reasons for the similarity between urban areas and differences between rural areas, and the percentage share of direct and indirect HCEs from different sources are discussed. Similarly, the reasons and solutions to why decarbonising policies are working in urban areas but not in rural areas are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 05:38
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: per person household carbon emission; direct emissions; indirect emissions; China
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-016-7237-5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29551

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