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Revealing potential of energy-saving behind emission reduction

Revealing potential of energy-saving behind emission reduction The purpose of this paper is to generate quantitative managerial insights for the improvement of the energy-saving potential and the coordinated development between economic growth and environmental protection.Design/methodology/approachA novel data envelopment analysis (DEA) model, based on the classical DEA theory, is developed from the perspective of emission reduction.FindingsThe empirical results indicate that China’s overall environmental efficiency is low and that there is huge improvement space for energy saving. Under the concerns of emission reduction, the energy-saving potential of the central region exceeds that of both the eastern and western regions. With regard to water, electricity and gas consumption, the electricity-saving potential exceeds the potential for both water saving and gas saving.Originality/valuePrevious studies rarely focused on the energy-saving potential, while considering environmental pollution. This paper applies a novel DEA method to evaluate the energy-saving potential of 30 Chinese provinces for 2015 with a focus on emission reduction concerns. Furthermore, both regional differences and energy type differences of the saving potential were analyzed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1477-7835
DOI
10.1108/meq-07-2018-0125
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to generate quantitative managerial insights for the improvement of the energy-saving potential and the coordinated development between economic growth and environmental protection.Design/methodology/approachA novel data envelopment analysis (DEA) model, based on the classical DEA theory, is developed from the perspective of emission reduction.FindingsThe empirical results indicate that China’s overall environmental efficiency is low and that there is huge improvement space for energy saving. Under the concerns of emission reduction, the energy-saving potential of the central region exceeds that of both the eastern and western regions. With regard to water, electricity and gas consumption, the electricity-saving potential exceeds the potential for both water saving and gas saving.Originality/valuePrevious studies rarely focused on the energy-saving potential, while considering environmental pollution. This paper applies a novel DEA method to evaluate the energy-saving potential of 30 Chinese provinces for 2015 with a focus on emission reduction concerns. Furthermore, both regional differences and energy type differences of the saving potential were analyzed.

Journal

Management of Environmental Quality: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 15, 2019

Keywords: Data envelopment analysis (DEA); Environmental efficiency; Energy-saving potential; Environmental protection

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