Decomposing the impacts of time use on energy consumption

Yuan Xu*, Jing SONG, Weishi Zhang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Energy conservation is essential for sustainable development. In order to find out the relative importance of various factors and take more effective actions, conventional decomposition studies mainly focus on economic activities. In this study, we explain energy consumption through people's use of time. We employ data on time use, population and energy consumption to analyze the impacts of time use structure and energy intensity for various activities across years in the United States and compare with China at a different stage of social development. Results emphasize the importance of the energy intensity effect in future energy conservation efforts while the time use structure effect could also contribute especially for countries experiencing significant social transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1888-1892
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event6th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 30 May 20142 Jun 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Energy(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Energy consupmtion decomposition
  • Energy intensity
  • Time use structure


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