Regional differences and influencing factors of carbon emissions in China: empirical evidence from provincial panel data
- YANG Ming-guo, WANG Gui-xin
JOURNAL OF SHANDONG UNIVERSITY(NATURAL SCIENCE). 2017, 52(6):
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According to the reality of China, the paper modified carbon emission factors and estimate the carbon emissions of each province from 1995 to 2014. We constructs a econometric model based on panel data, and examines the regional differences and their influencing factors of long-term and short-term dynamic evolution of carbon emissions in the eastern, central, western and northeastern. We find that economic, social, political and technical factors have a significant impact(over 98%)on the dynamic evolution of carbon emissions across the country, particularly as a result of economic and technological factors. We also find that the technical factors have a significant positive effect on the long and short trends in the dynamic evolution of carbon emissions in all regions. The results show that during the period of rapid economic growth in China, there is a serious excessive energy consumption,excessive carbon emissions problem. To achieve the goal of carbon reduction in 2020,it is necessary to formulate differentiated carbon reduction strategies in line with regional characteristics as soon as possible; speed up industrial restructuring and technological innovation, and strive to build a regional low-carbon economic development model.