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Renewable Energy Green Innovation, Fossil Energy Consumption and Air Pollution--- Spatial Empirical Analysis Based on China

Version 1 : Received: 4 July 2020 / Approved: 9 July 2020 / Online: 9 July 2020 (06:00:31 CEST)

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Shen, N.; Wang, Y.; Peng, H.; Hou, Z. Renewable Energy Green Innovation, Fossil Energy Consumption, and Air Pollution—Spatial Empirical Analysis Based on China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6397. Shen, N.; Wang, Y.; Peng, H.; Hou, Z. Renewable Energy Green Innovation, Fossil Energy Consumption, and Air Pollution—Spatial Empirical Analysis Based on China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6397.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2020, 12, 6397
DOI: 10.3390/su12166397

Abstract

The rapid development of China's economy has led to a rapid increase in energy production and use. Among them, the excessive consumption of coal in fossil energy consumption is the leading cause of air pollution in China. This paper incorporates renewable energy innovation, fossil energy consumption and air pollution into a unified analysis framework, and uses spatial measurement models to investigate the spatial effects of renewable energy green innovation and fossil energy consumption on air pollution in China, and decomposes the total impact into direct and indirect effects. influences. The empirical results show that China's air pollution, renewable energy green innovation and fossil energy consumption are extremely uneven in geographical space, generally showing the characteristics of high in the east and low in the west, and showing a strong spatial aggregation phenomenon. Fossil energy consumption will lead to increased air pollution, and the replacement of fossil fuels with clean and renewable energy is an important means of controlling pollution emissions. The direct and indirect effects of renewable energy green innovation on air pollution are significantly negative, indicating that renewable energy green innovation not only suppresses local air pollution, but also suppresses air pollution in neighboring areas. The consumption of fossil energy will significantly increase the local air pollution, and the impact on the SO2 and Dust&Smoke pollution in the adjacent area is not very obvious. It is recommended to strengthen investment in renewable energy green innovation, reduce the proportion of traditional fossil energy consumption, and pay attention to the spatial connection and spillover of renewable energy green innovation.

Subject Areas

renewable energy; energy consumption; air pollution; spatial dubin model; spatial analysis

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