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Achieving Carbon Neutrality: Opportunities and Challenges, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 November 2024 | Viewed by 518

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School of Management, China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
Interests: energy economics; environmental economics; industrial economics; applied econometrics; climate change
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Dear Colleagues,

Global warming has become one of the greatest environmental problems faced by the world today, leading to ecological problems such as melting glaciers, land desertification, and vegetation degradation. In recent years, the international community has held a series of important meetings and formulated many agreements to control carbon dioxide emissions, and carbon neutrality has become an important strategic goal for the world's major energy-consuming countries in their attempts to control CO2 emissions. The question of how to effectively achieve this strategic goal has become the focus of government officials and academics around the world. This Special Issue invites papers concerning carbon emission reduction technologies and paths to achieving carbon emission reductions, along with the fundamental problems inherent to them.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • CO2 emission control technologies;
  • Shale gas extraction;
  • Renewable energy production and consumption;
  • Natural gas transmission;
  • Biomass energy production and consumption;
  • Energy storage technologies;
  • Novel energy vehicles;
  • Government subsidies and clean energy consumption.

Dr. Bin Xu
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  • CO2 emission control technology
  • shale gas extraction
  • renewable energy production and consumption
  • natural gas transmission
  • biomass energy production and consumption
  • energy storage technology
  • novel energy vehicles
  • government subsidies and clean energy consumption

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Multi-Scale Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Evolution of Carbon Emissions in Yangtze River Economic Belt and Study of Decoupling Effects
by Hang Hu, Lei Wang and Mingchen Yang
Sustainability 2024, 16(10), 4222; - 17 May 2024
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An in-depth, longitudinal examination of carbon emissions and decoupling within the Yangtze River Economic Belt, supplemented by a dynamic assessment of its evolutional trajectory, provides a scientifically grounded framework and pragmatic value for the drafting of regional carbon emission mitigation strategies. Using the [...] Read more.
An in-depth, longitudinal examination of carbon emissions and decoupling within the Yangtze River Economic Belt, supplemented by a dynamic assessment of its evolutional trajectory, provides a scientifically grounded framework and pragmatic value for the drafting of regional carbon emission mitigation strategies. Using the Yangtze River Economic Belt as a context, this study formulates a carbon emission model spanning provincial, city, and county levels. The model serves to uncover the spatiotemporal characteristics of carbon emissions within the Yangtze River Economic Belt from a multi-scalar vantage point. The Tapio decoupling model is then invoked to examine the extent and nature of decoupling between economic advancement and carbon emissions across these disparate scales. The outcomes divulge the following: (1) At the provincial echelon, the progression of carbon emissions born from energy consumption within the Yangtze River Economic Zone presents an escalating then stabilizing trend line. The carbon emissions growth rate transitions from a swift ascension of 8.44 percent initially, subsequently tapering to a moderate increment of 0.42 percent at the period’s culmination. The trajectory of carbon decoupling at the provincial scale tends to be generally propitious. (2) At the municipal scale, the overall carbon emission level shows a gradual upward trend, and then gradually forms a pattern of centripetal aggregation and peripheral diffusion. The decoupling status during the study period is mainly weak and strong decoupling, with the number of weak decoupling showing a fluctuating change in increasing and then decreasing, while the strong decoupling shows a slow and orderly growth trend, and is mainly distributed in most of the municipalities in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai. (3) At the county scale, centripetal aggregation and peripheral diffusion were already present at the beginning of the study period, followed by the gradual expansion and formation of several carbon emission centers of different sizes. The temporal evolution of county-level decoupling is more significant, with weak and strong decoupling dominating the county-scale decoupling during the study period, especially in the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, but the overall trend shows signs of gradual decoupling. Full article
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