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Dual carbon goals and renewable energy innovations

Cheng, Xuanmei; Ye, Kaite; Du, Anna Min; Bao, Zhenzhen; Chlomou, Grigoria


Xuanmei Cheng

Kaite Ye

Zhenzhen Bao


We examine the impact of renewable energy technology innovation on carbon emissions within the framework of China's ‘dual carbon’ goal, focusing on the role of local (provincial) government innovation competitions and economic competition. Analyzing data across 30 provinces from 2010 to 2019, we investigate the correlation between renewable energy advancements and emission reductions and how local government competition modulates this relationship. Our findings suggest that renewable energy innovations have a significant negative impact on carbon emissions. The study reveals that innovation competition among local governments positively affects emission reductions, while economic competition has a negative impact. These results contribute to understanding how regulatory competition among local governments can support or impede the achievement of dual carbon objectives, emphasizing the need for a competitive yet collaborative regulatory environment to enhance the benefits of renewable energy innovations.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 22, 2024
Online Publication Date May 23, 2024
Publication Date 2024-06
Deposit Date May 24, 2024
Publicly Available Date May 24, 2024
Print ISSN 0275-5319
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 70
Issue Part B
Article Number 102406
Keywords renewable energy innovation, carbon emissions, dual carbon goals, sustainable future, regulatory framework


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