Weiming Chen from China University of Geosciences visited our department for two years under Dr. Kuishuang Feng’s supervision. They recently published their research on provincial emission accounting for CO2 mitigation in China in the journal of Applied Energy. Applied Energy is one of the very high impact energy journals with impact factor of 8.426.
They conducted a quantitative study of China’s provincial production-, consumption-, and income-based CO2 emissions in a unified multi-regional input-output analysis framework. Their results showed that 64% and 35% of China’s emissions are transferred among provinces driven by final demands and primary inputs, respectively. The primary inputs of developed provinces (e.g., Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang) and energy resource-abundant provinces (e.g., Shanxi, Shandong, and Inner Mongolia) have enabled large amounts of downstream CO2 emissions. To reduce their income-based CO2 emissions, the government can introduce supply-side policies to optimize the property rights structure in energy sectors, and reduce taxes, transaction costs and administrative barriers in the low-carbon sector so that more primary factors of production (e.g., labor forces, capital and government services) can be redistributed to the low carbon sectors.