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CR 79:9-22 (2019)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01572

Abatement potential and shadow price of carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion in China’s secondary industry

Zhaoquan Xue, Nan Li, Hailin Mu*, Yuqing Jiang

Key Laboratory of Ocean Energy Utilization and Energy Conservation of Ministry of Education, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, PR China
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ABSTRACT: The assessment of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions performance is crucial to make policies for abatement. This study applies the parameterized quadratic directional output distance function to estimate the technical inefficiency, abatement potential and shadow price of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion in China’s secondary industry during 2001-2015. The CO2 emissions performances in 3 major regions show significant differences and regional characteristics. The developed eastern region has the highest CO2 emissions and abatement potential but the lowest values in terms of CO2 intensity, technical efficiency and shadow price. The indicators of the developing central region are in the mid-level position, and in the undeveloped western region, CO2 emissions reduction via efficiency improvement is limited, and abatement will incur huge economic costs. Emissions reduction targets and control policies designed at regional levels are necessary. The provinces with relatively low shadow prices should be assigned higher CO2 emissions reduction targets, while those with high shadow prices should have lower reduction targets. Meanwhile, the differentiated shadow prices make it feasible for China to establish a cross-regional unified emissions trading market to further the cooperation between provinces.


KEY WORDS: Shadow price · Technical inefficiency · Directional distance function · CO2 emissions reduction · Secondary industry


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Cite this article as: Xue Z, Li N, Mu H, Jiang Y (2019) Abatement potential and shadow price of carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion in China’s secondary industry. Clim Res 79:9-22. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01572

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