Resources Science ›› 2018, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (1): 195-206.doi: 10.18402/resci.2018.01.18

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Carbon emission measurement for China's logistics industry and its influence factors based on input-output method

Liping WANG(), Minghao LIU   

  1. School of Finance and Economics, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, China
  • Received:2017-05-23 Revised:2017-07-26 Online:2018-01-20 Published:2018-01-20


With great attention on energy conservation and emission reduction, the calculation and analysis of carbon emissions are becoming more important and urgent. Here, carbon emissions from direct energy consumption and implicit carbon emissions based on input-output table in China's logistics industry from 1997-2014 were calculated. We found that the former greatly underestimated the carbon emissions level of the logistics industry: since 2000 the contribution of indirect carbon emissions of the logistics industry has exceeded direct energy consumption carbon emissions. The proportion of direct carbon emissions accounting for total carbon emissions was less than 40% in 2014. Further carbon emission influence factor decomposition shows that the positive driving effect of economic scale on carbon emissions in the logistics industry is most, the total contribution rate is 36. 16%. Economic development of the service industry has led to an increase in carbon emissions in China's logistics industry, with a total contribution rate of 5. 21%. The use of low carbon technology is conducive to curb the carbon emissions increase, the total contribution rate of 26. 50%, but in recent years slow progress in low-carbon technology. The reverse driving effect of industry efficiency on carbon emissions in the logistics industry is obvious, but the effect is not stable. On the whole, the total contribution rate of industry efficiency on carbon emissions in the logistics industry is 21. 72% for 1997-2014. With rapid development of manufacturing, the service demand of the logistics industry will continue to increase in China and indirect carbon emissions growth should not be ignored. To realize the low carbon development of the logistics industry, we should accelerate the promotion of the use of clean energy, from the aspects of improving technical efficiency of the logistics and accelerating improvements in the low carbon levels of China's national economic departments.

Key words: logistics industry, carbon emissions, input output method, influence factors, China