National Urban Environmental Pollution Control Engineering Research Center

Beijing, China

National Urban Environmental Pollution Control Engineering Research Center

Beijing, China

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Chen C.-C.,Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection | Chen C.-C.,National Urban Environmental Pollution Control Engineering Research Center | Liu C.-L.,Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection | Liu C.-L.,National Urban Environmental Pollution Control Engineering Research Center | And 13 more authors.
Zhongguo Huanjing Kexue/China Environmental Science | Year: 2014

To explore the effects of population, urbanization, and technology on metropolitan's CO2 emissions, we examine Beijing city's carbon footprints of energy consumption during 1990-2011 using the revised footprint method. In particular, the influence factors of the carbon footprint of urban energy consumption are evaluated by STIRPAT model and PLS model. The results show that: urbanization, affluence, and population are the most important positive driving factors of Beijing city's CO2 emissions, while the impacts of energy consumption intensity, industrial structure and R&D proportion in GDP are negative; the inverted U-shaped relationship between carbon footprints and affluence is not strongly supported by the estimation. The city's carbon footprints still increase, but the growing speed begins to slow down, which shows that the economic development and environment improvement have not achieved a coordinated effect.; simulation result further suggests that applied measures of integrated and compact urban function units, controlling excessive growth population, reasonable consumption for city dwellers, and technology innovation can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and develop the low-carbon city in Beijing.

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