The Drivers of Long-run CO₂ emissions in Europe, North America and Japan since 1800

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Abstract

Using an extended Kaya decomposition, we identify the drivers of long-run CO₂ emissions since 1800 for Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the United States, Canada and Japan. By considering biomass and carbon-free energy sources along with fossil fuels, we are able to shed light on the effects of past and present energy transitions on CO₂ emissions. We find that at low levels of income per capita, fuel switching from biomass to fossil fuels is the main contributing factor to emissions growth. As income levels increase, scale effects, especially income effects, become dominant. Technological change proves to be the main offsetting factor in the long run. Particularly in the last decades, technological change and fuel switching have become important contributors to the decrease in emissions in Europe. Our results also contrast the differentiated historical paths of CO₂ emissions taken by these countries.

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Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Southern Denmark
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Miljövetenskap
  • Ekonomisk historia

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)537-549
Antal sidor13
TidskriftEnergy Policy
Volym101
Tidigt onlinedatum2016 nov 14
StatusPublished - 2017 feb
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa