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Title: Energy use embodied in China's construction industry : a multi-regional input-output analysis
Authors: Hong, JK 
Shen, GQP 
Guo, S 
Xue, F 
Zheng, W 
Keywords: Construction industry
Embodied energy
Input-output model
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Renewable and sustainable energy reviews, Jan. 2016, v. 53, p. 1303-1312 How to cite?
Journal: Renewable and sustainable energy reviews 
Abstract: The rapid urbanization process was bound to produce considerable energy demand in China, which increased the pressure on sustainable development. This study employed a multi-regional input-output model to investigate energy use embodied in the consumption and interregional trade of China's construction industry. Results show that as a typical demand-driven sector, the construction industry consumed 793.74 million tons of coal equivalent in 2007, which is equal to 29.6% of China's total national energy consumption. Regions have been divided according to different driving forces for energy increment. Shanxi, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Henan, and Sichuan were identified to be driven by their extensive construction activities and inefficient construction process. Interregional imports of the construction industry represented a resource-dependent geographical distribution. Energy flows are from resource-abundant areas in the central part to resource-deficient areas in the eastern coast. By contrast, energy exports represented a regional discrete distribution, which mainly transferred energy in the form of labor mobility and service supply. This study provided insight into the current energy consumption status of provincial construction industry from both regional and sectoral perspectives, which can be a basis for energy policy making and implementation.
ISSN: 1364-0321
EISSN: 1879-0690
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.09.068
Rights: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. The definitive version Hong, J., Shen, G. Q., Guo, S., Xue, F., & Zheng, W. (2016). Energy use embodied in China׳ s construction industry: A multi-regional input–output analysis. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 53, 1303-1312 is available at
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