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Efficient distribution of carbon emissions reduction targets at the city level: A case of Yangtze River Delta region

Liu, Z., Geng, Y., Dong, H. , Wilson, J., Micic, T., Wu, R., Cui, X., Qian, Y., You, W. & Sun, H. (2018). Efficient distribution of carbon emissions reduction targets at the city level: A case of Yangtze River Delta region. Journal of Cleaner Production, 172, pp. 1711-1721. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.033


The Chinese central government has released detailed carbon emissions abatement targets at the provincial level, but provides no specific emissions reduction targets at the city level. Most provincial governments simply allocate carbon emissions reduction tasks to their cities based on the GDP of their cities. Allocation approaches, however, should emphasize the most effective distribution to reach overall targets that reflect actual reduction capacities of cities. This paper proposes an allocation method at the city level by combining a data envelop analysis method, an entropy weight method and a clustering analysis method using the Yangtze River Delta region as a case study. Results of our analysis indicate that cities with higher carbon emissions abatement potentials, financial abilities, a larger number of above-scaled industrial enterprises and higher GDP are better positioned to reduce carbon emissions and should be assigned proportionately higher reduction targets. The merits and policy implications of the proposed approach are discussed in comparison to simply using GDP to allocate emission reduction targets.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Carbon emissions reduction allocation; Efficient distribution; Prefecture-level city; Methods integration
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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