Preprint Article Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

The Energy Rebound Effect for Construction Industry: Empirical Evidence from the China

Version 1 : Received: 8 April 2017 / Approved: 10 April 2017 / Online: 10 April 2017 (07:35:45 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Du, Q.; Li, Y.; Bai, L. The Energy Rebound Effect for the Construction Industry: Empirical Evidence from China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 803. Du, Q.; Li, Y.; Bai, L. The Energy Rebound Effect for the Construction Industry: Empirical Evidence from China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 803.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2017, 9, 803
DOI: 10.3390/su9050803

Abstract

As the largest energy consumer and carbon emitter, China has made substantial efforts to improve energy efficiency for decrease energy consumption, while the energy rebound effect determines its effectiveness. The embodied energy consumption of construction projects accounted for nearly one-sixth of the total economy's energy consumption in China. This paper is based on the logical relationship among capital input, technological progress, economic growth, and energy consumption, adapting an alternative estimation model to estimate the energy rebound effect for the construction industry in China for the first time. Empirical results in our paper reveal that the energy rebound effect for the construction industry in China is about 59.5% for the period of 1990–2014. The results indicate that the energy rebound effect does exist in China’s construction industry and it presented a fluctuating declining trend. This implies that half of the energy savings by technological progress is achieved. In addition, China’s government should implement proper energy pricing reforms and energy taxes to promote the sustainable development of China’s construction industry.

Subject Areas

construction industry; energy rebound effect; sustainability; solow remainder; ridge regression

Readers' Comments and Ratings (0)

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Rate this article
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0
Leave a public comment

×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.