INTRA- AND INTER-REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND CO2 EMISSIONS IN CHINA: COMPARING THE EFFECTS OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

R. K. MA
2018 Applied Ecology and Environmental Research  
Ma -Liu: Intra-and inter-regional technology transfer and CO2 emissions in China: comparing the effects of energy and environmental technologies -709 -APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH 16(1):709-723. Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to reveal the role of regional technology transfer in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in China. By collecting a panel data of 150 observations from 30 regions of mainland China during 2006-2010, this paper extends the STIRPAT model to explore the
more » ... l to explore the relationship between intra-and inter-regional technology transfer and CO 2 emission intensity, and meanwhile compares the effects of energy and environmental technologies in different regions of China. The results show that, in the national level, only intra-regional transfer of energy technologies can significantly reduce the CO 2 emission intensity. When it comes to the regional level, intra-regional transfer of energy technologies has a negative influence on CO 2 emissions in the eastern and western regions. In contrast, intra-regional transfer of environmental technologies negatively affects CO 2 emissions in the central regions, and even leads to a significant increase of CO 2 emissions in the eastern regions. However, neither inter-regional transfer of energy technologies nor inter-regional transfer of environmental technologies has significant effect on CO 2 emissions reduction in China. Our findings reveal the critical role of intraregional rather than inter-regional technology transfer, and also energy technologies rather than environmental technologies in reducing CO 2 emissions, which has important implications for future environmental policy-making in China. Ma -Liu: Intra-and inter-regional technology transfer and CO2 emissions in China: comparing the effects of energy and environmental technologies -710 -APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH 16(1):709-723. http://www.aloki.hu • ISSN 1589 1623 (Print) • ISSN 1785 0037 (Online) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15666/aeer/1601_709723  2018, ALÖKI Kft., Budapest, Hungary the regional level, however, an important channel of technology transfer-domestic regional technology transaction-is still underexplored. Particularly, due to the uneven distribution of regional innovation resources in China, some regions have to rely on green technologies across regional borders. Thus, the extent to which intra-and interregional technology transfer can influence carbon emissions in China is still an important question that needs further investigation.
doi:10.15666/aeer/1601_709723 fatcat:xw7rn3ihbrcezjrmlcua5jgorm