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Environmental and Economic Impacts of Decarbonization
Input-Output Studies on the Consequences of the 2015 Paris Agreements

ISBN 9780367887223
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
404 Pages

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Book Description

On December 12th, 2015, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Paris, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal and legally binding climate deal. They agreed to decarbonize the economy in order to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2ºC relative to the preindustrial levels. Although each country is free to design its own strategy on mitigation and adaptation, it will be bound to such strategy and is supposed to implement the bulk of the adjustments by 2050.

Many questions arise from the Paris Agreement that points to a second Industrial Revolution. What are the required changes in the structure of production and in the patterns of consumption? What will be their impacts on emissions, employment and international trade? This book answers these questions from a variety of  input-output models able to compute the impacts on specific sectors and regions. This volume has 17 chapters written by 52 co-authors who are specialists in input-output analysis and environmental sustainability. They come from 24 universities, research centers and international agencies all over the world, sharing their commitments to explain important and complex ideas in a way that is understandable to the non-experts and experts alike.

Environmental and Economic Impacts of Decarbonization is a very important read for those who study environmental economics, climate change and ecological economics.

Table of Contents


Óscar Dejuán, María-Ángeles Cadarso and Manfred Lenzen

Part I. Electricity generation. Towards a cleaner mix

Decarbonizing electricity generation in the EU. Its impact on emissions and employment all over the world

Óscar Dejuán, Jorge Zafrilla, María-Ángeles Tobarra, Fabio Monsalve and Carmen Córcoles

Indirect emissions and socio-economic impacts on energy efficiency. Improvements and renewable electricity in Europe

Kurt Kratena

Global renewable energy diffusion in an input-output framework

Kirsten S. Wiebe

Potentials to decarbonize electricity consumption in Australia

Paul Wolfram and Thomas Wiedmann

Part II. Household consumption and social well-being

Global income inequality and carbon footprints: can we have the cake and eat it too?

Klaus Hubacek, Giovanni Baiocchi, Kuishuang Feng, Raúl Muñoz-Castillo, Laixiang Sun and Jinjun Xue

The potential contribution of solar thermal electricity (STE) in Mexico in the light of the Paris Agreements

Irene Rodríguez-Serrano and Natalia Caldés

Peak carbon emission in China: a household energy use perspective

Haiyan Zhang and Michael L. Lahr

The road to Paris with energy-efficiency strategies and GHG emissions-reduction targets: the case of Spain

Rosa Duarte, Julio Sánchez-Chóliz and Cristina Sarasa

Part III. Key drivers in carbon emissions and improvements in energy efficiency

Global drivers of change in GHG emissions from a consumption perspective. Carbon footprint accounting in a post-Paris world

Soeren Lindner, José-Manuel Rueda-Cantuche and Richard Wood

South America’s global value chains and CO2 emissions embodied in trade, an input-output approach

José Durán-Lima and Santacruz Banacloche


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Óscar Dejuán is Professor of Economics at University of Castilla, La Mancha, Spain.

Manfred Lenzen is Professor of Sustainability Research in the School of Physics at University of Sydney, Australia.

María Ángeles Cadarso is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Castilla, La Mancha, Spain.