The Impact of Development on CO₂ Emissions: A Case Study for Bangladesh Until 2050

Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) No. 10

21 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2010

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Bernhard G. Gunter

Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC); American University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 28, 2010

Abstract

Bangladesh, a country with a population of 160 million, is currently contributing 0.14 percent to the world’s emission of carbon dioxide (CO₂). However, mostly due to a growing population and economic growth (which both lead to an increase in energy consumption), Bangladesh’s share in CO₂ emissions is – despite the increasing use of alternative energy – expected to rise sharply. This study uses the example of Bangladesh to illustrate the impact of low-income countries’ energy neutral development on global CO₂ emissions in 2050 by using a set of alternative assumptions for population growth and GDP growth. It also shows how complex the determinants for (a) gains in energy efficiency and (b) changes in carbon intensity are in low-income countries.

Keywords: climate change, carbon dioxide emissions, Bangladesh

JEL Classification: Q54, Q56

Suggested Citation

Gunter, Bernhard G., The Impact of Development on CO₂ Emissions: A Case Study for Bangladesh Until 2050 (November 28, 2010). Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) No. 10 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721229 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1721229

Bernhard G. Gunter (Contact Author)

Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) ( email )

2508 Fowler Street
Falls Church, VA 22046-2012
United States

American University - Department of Economics ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016-8029
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/gunter.cfm

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