Research on Carbon Emission Intensity and Carbon Footprint of Different Industrial Spaces in China

  • 1. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China;
    2. College of Resources and Environment, North China Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power, Zhengzhou 450011, China

Received date: 2009-12-16

  Revised date: 2010-04-26

  Online published: 2010-09-20

Supported by

Foundation:Non-profit Industry Financial Program of Ministry of Land and Resources of China, No.200811033; Environment Protection Scientific Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China, No.2009037


Using energy consumption and land use data of each region of China in 2007, this paper established carbon emission and carbon footprint model based on energy consumption, and estimated the carbon emission amount of fossil energy and rural biomass energy of different regions of China in 2007. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) The total amount of carbon emission from energy consumption of China in 2007 was about 1.65 GtC, in which, the proportion of carbon emission from fossil energy was 89%. (2) Carbon emission intensity of industrial space of China in 2007 was 1.98 t/hm2, in which, carbon emission intensity of living & industrial-commercial space and of transportation industrial space was 55.16 t/hm2 and 49.65 t/hm2 respectively. (3) Carbon footprint caused by industrial activities of China in 2007 was 522.34×106 hm2, which brought about ecological deficit of 28.69×106 hm2. (4) The per unit area carbon footprint of industrial spaces in China was about 0.63 hm2/hm2 in 2007.

Cite this article

ZHAO Rongqin, HUANG Xianjin, ZHONG Taiyang . Research on Carbon Emission Intensity and Carbon Footprint of Different Industrial Spaces in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2010 , 65(9) : 1048 -1057 . DOI: 10.11821/xb201009002


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