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Impacts of alternative energy production innovation on reducing CO2 emissions: Evidence from China

Yang, Tianle; Li, Fangmin; Du, Min; Huang, Miao; Li, Yinuo


Tianle Yang

Fangmin Li

Miao Huang

Yinuo Li


Although environmental economics research explores the impacts of green innovation on reducing CO2 emissions, most studies ignore these effects in emerging economies. This paper examines how alternative energy production innovation (AEPI) reduces CO2 emissions. Using a sample of 30 provinces in China during the 1997–2017 period, we find AEPI is negatively related to CO2 emissions. Specifically, the results show that innovations in raw coal and crude oil are negatively related to CO2 emissions, while innovations in natural gas are positively related to CO2 emissions. This study contributes to research on technological innovation and environmental economics. First, we find AEPI as the main driver of all types of green innovation in reducing CO2 emissions. Second, we explore the heterogeneous effects of different energy sources and deepen our understanding of different reduction mechanisms. Third, this study makes a methodological contribution to research using a series of quantitative analyses.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 10, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 16, 2023
Publication Date 2023-04
Deposit Date Jan 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 17, 2024
Journal Energy
Print ISSN 0360-5442
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 268
Article Number 126684


Impacts Of Alternative Energy Production Innovation On Reducing CO2 Emissions: Evidence From China (accepted version) (823 Kb)

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