Quantifying and mapping spatial variability of Shanghai household carbon footprints

Shangguang Yang, Chunlan Wang, Tek Sheng Kevin LO*, Mark Wang, Lin Liu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Understanding the spatial variability of household carbon emissions is necessary for formulating sustainable and low-carbon energy policy. However, data on household carbon emissions is limited in China, the world’s largest greenhouse gases emitter. This study quantifies and maps household carbon emissions in Shanghai using a city-wide household survey. The findings reveal substantial spatial variability in household carbon emissions, especially in transport-related emissions. Low emission clusters are founded in Hongkou, Xuhui, Luwan, Jinshan, and Fengxian. High emission clusters are located in Jiading and Pudong. Overall, the spatial pattern of household carbon emissions in Shanghai is donut-shaped: lowest in the urban core, increasing in the surrounding suburban areas, and declining again in the urban fringe and rural regions. The household emissions are correlated with a number of housing and socioeconomic factors, including car ownership, type of dwelling, size of dwelling, age of dwelling, and income. The findings underscore the importance of a localized approach to low-carbon policymaking and implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Energy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • energy policy
  • household carbon emissions
  • Shanghai
  • spatial variability


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