Climate Change Research ›› 2019, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (4): 416-426.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2018.154

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Estimation of embodied energy and carbon emissions in Sino-U.S. trade based on Multi-Region Input-Output Model

Zhong HAN,Gang WANG()   

  1. School of Economics, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing 210023, China
  • Received:2018-11-06 Revised:2019-01-18 Online:2019-07-30 Published:2019-07-30
  • Contact: Gang WANG


Based on the Multi-Regional Input-Output Model (MRIO), using the World Input-Output Tables (WIOT) and environmental account data developed by the EU, the scale and net value of the value-added trade between China and the U.S. from 1995 to 2009 were measured, and the environmental accounts were used. Energy consumption and carbon emissions data measure the overall level of Sino-U.S. foreign trade embodied energy and embodied carbon emissions and its industry structure. Results showed that China’s value-added exports to the U.S. continued to grow in 1995-2009, especially after China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), but then decreased due to the global economic crisis in 2008. In comparison with the U.S., China’s value-added energy consumption and carbon emission levels are relatively high, resulting in larger-scale embodied energy and embodied carbon exports, long-term net exporting country status of embodied energy and embodied carbon, and net output. The scale shows an upward trend. From the perspective of industry structure, the energy industry such as manufacturing and electricity, gas and water supply is the main source of China’s foreign trade embodied energy consumption and embodied carbon emissions.

Key words: Value-added trade, Embodied energy, Embodied carbon, Multi-Regional Input-Output Model (MRIO)

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