Climate Change Research ›› 2016, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (5): 366-373.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2016.046

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Assessment of Energy Conservation from Industrial Transformation Through Eliminating Backward Production Capacities in China

Geng Jing1, 2, Lu Yonglong2, Ren Bingnan1, Wang Tieyu2   

  1. 1 Hainan Research Center for Ecological Civilization, Sanya University, Sanya 572022, China
    2 State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2016-03-07 Revised:2016-05-27 Online:2016-09-30 Published:2016-09-30


From 2011 to 2015, several policies have been taken in China to promote industrial transformation through phase-out of backward production facilities. This paper evaluated effects of the phase-out of backward production facilities on net energy savings during the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015), assessed the contributions of different industrial sectors to the net energy savings, and analyzed the regional distribution of the net energy savings in China. The main results showed that the annual net energy savings from 2011 to 2015 were estimated to be 1357.77×104, 1245.70×104, 1067.32×104, 981.42×104, and 483.70×104 tce, respectively. The total cumulative net energy savings were 5135.91×104 tce. The industrial sectors including electricity, cement, pulp & paper, iron-making, coke, steel-making and ferroalloy contributed 90% of the total net energy savings. The regional distribution of net energy savings was concentrated on 3 provinces including Hebei, Shandong, and Shanxi provinces, taking 28% to the total during 2011-2015.

Key words: backward production capacity, industrial transformation, energy savings, policy effectiveness, spatial difference

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