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Spatial spillover effects in determining China's regional CO2 emissions growth: 2007-2010


This study proposes an alternative input-output based spatial structural decomposition analysis to elucidate the importance of domestic regional heterogeneity and inter-regional spillover effects in determining China's regional CO2 emissions growth. Our empirical results, based on the 2007 and 2010 Chinese inter-regional input-output tables, show that changes in most regions' final demand scale, final expenditure structure, and export scale have positive spatial spillover effects on other regions' CO2 emissions growth; changes in most regions' consumption and export preference help reduce other regions' CO2 emissions; changes in production technology and investment preferences may exert positive or negative effects on other region's CO2 emissions growth through domestic supply chains. For some regions, the aggregate spillover effect from other regions may be larger than the intra-regional effect in determining regional emissions growth. All these facts can significantly help provide a better, deeper understanding of the driving forces behind the growth of regional CO2 emissions and can thus enrich the policy implications concerning a narrow definition of "carbon leakage" through domestic inter-regional "trade" as well as a relevant political consensus about responsibility sharing between developed and developing regions inside China.

How much Chinese coal?

China’s coal consumption grew enormously through the 2000s, leading to rapid growth in emissions of CO2. But how much did they grow? Uncertainty around China’s coal consumption data persist, and Jan Ivar Korsbakken and colleagues present the latest.Learn more »


In this article, Robbie Andrew and Glen Peters describe work using an MRIO table derived from the GTAP database. They discuss the historical development and briefly describe its construction. They also find that carbon footprint estimates are likely to be more influenced by differences in satellite accounts than to differences in the underlying economic data.Learn more »

Foreign carbon

The global supply chain of carbon emissions, from extraction of fossil fuels, via production through to consumption of goods and services can be long, passing through many countries along the way. Robbie Andrew and colleagues analyse the distribution of global carbon emissions at these three distinct waypoints, and argue that cross-border carbon policy options need further exploration.Learn more »

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