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Energy consumption and GHG emissions from China's freight transport sector: Scenarios through 2050

Hao, Han et al.

Energy policy. Volume 85 (2015, October); pp 94-101 -- Elsevier Science

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  • Title:
    Energy consumption and GHG emissions from China's freight transport sector: Scenarios through 2050
  • Author: Hao, Han;
    Geng, Yong;
    Li, Weiqi;
    Guo, Bin
  • Found In: Energy policy. Volume 85 (2015, October); pp 94-101
  • Journal Title: Energy policy
  • Subjects: Politique énergétique--Périodiques; Electronic journals; Energy policy--Periodicals; Energy consumption--GHG emissions--Freight transport--China--Scenario analysis; Dewey: 333.79
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Elsevier Science
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    China's freight transport volume experienced rapid growth over recent years, causing great concerns over its energy and environmental impacts. In this study, by establishing a bottom-up accounting framework, a set of scenarios reflecting the possible future trajectories of energy consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from China's freight transport sector are developed. According to our estimation, GHG emissions from China's freight transport sector were 788 mt CO2e in 2013, roughly accounting for 8% of nationwide GHG emissions. Under Business-As-Usual (BAU) scenario, energy consumption and GHG emissions in 2050 will be 2.5 and 2.4 times the current levels. GHG emissions will peak by 2045 at the level of 1918 mt CO2e. With all major mitigation measures implemented, energy consumption and GHG emissions in 2050 can be reduced by 30% and 32%, respectively. Besides, GHG emissions will peak earlier by around 2035 at a much lower level than under BAU scenario. Our study suggests that in order to keep in pace with China's overall mitigation agenda, aggressive efforts should be made to reduce GHG emissions from freight transport sector.

    Highlights:

    A bottom-up model was established to predict energy consumption and GHG emissions from China's freight transport sector.

    Energy consumption and GHG emissions may experience 3.3 and 2.8 times increases under BAU scenario.

    GHG emissions may reach the peak as early as around 2030 under aggressive scenario.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100073746227.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0301-4215; 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.05.016
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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