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Analysis of China’s Carbon Emissions Base on Carbon Flow in Four Main Sectors: 2000–2013

Version 1 : Received: 20 March 2017 / Approved: 21 March 2017 / Online: 21 March 2017 (04:28:01 CET)

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Li, X.; Cui, X.; Wang, M. Analysis of China’s Carbon Emissions Base on Carbon Flow in Four Main Sectors: 2000–2013. Sustainability 2017, 9, 634. Li, X.; Cui, X.; Wang, M. Analysis of China’s Carbon Emissions Base on Carbon Flow in Four Main Sectors: 2000–2013. Sustainability 2017, 9, 634.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2017, 9, 634
DOI: 10.3390/su9040634

Abstract

Reducing carbon emissions is a major ways to achieving green development and sustainability for China’s future. This paper elaborates the detailed feature of China's carbon flow for 2013 with the carbon flow chart and gives changing characteristics of China's CO2 flow from the viewpoint of sector and energy during 2000 and 2013. The results show that (1) during 2000 to 2013, China's CO2 emissions with the approximately growth portion of 9% annually, while the CO2 intensity of China diminishes at different rates. (2) The CO2 emissions from secondary industry are prominent from the perspective of four main sectors accounting for 83.5%. The manufacturing play an important part in the secondary industry with 45%. In which the "smelting and pressing of metal" takes up a large percentage as about 50% in manufacturing. (3) The CO2 emissions produced by coal consumption is keep dominant in energy-related emissions with a contribution of 65%, while it will decrease in the future. (4) From the aspect of sector, the CO2 emissions mainly come from the "electricity and heating" sector and the "smelting and pressing of metals" sub-sector. While it is essential and urgent to propose concrete recommendations for CO2 emissions mitigation. Firstly, the progression of creative technology is inevitable and undeniable. Secondly, the government should make different CO2 emissions reduction policies among different sectors. For example, the process emission plays an important role in "non-metallic mineral" while in "smelting and manufacturing of metals" it is energy. Thirdly, the country can change the energy structure and promote renewable energy for powering by wind or other low-carbon energy. Besides it, the coke oven gas can be a feasible substitution. Finally, policy maker should be aware of the emissions from residents have been growing in a fast rate. It is effective to involve the public in the activity of energy conservation and carbon emissions reduction such as reducing the times of personal transportation.

Subject Areas

China; sustainability development; carbon emissions; carbon flow; sectoral analysis

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