How to Measure Carbon Equity: Carbon Gini Index Based on Historical Cumulative Emission Per Capita

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Teng Fei

Tsinghua University

He Jiankun

Tsinghua University

Pan Xunzhang

Tsinghua University

Zhang Chi

Tsinghua University

Date Written: April 14, 2011

Abstract

This paper uses Lorenz Curve and Gini Index with adjustment to per capita historical cumulative emission and constructs Carbon Gini Index to measure inequality in climate change area. The analysis using Carbon Gini Index shows that 70% of carbon space in the atmosphere has been used for unequal distribution, which is almost the same as that of income in the country with the biggest gap between rich and poor in the world. The carbon equity should be an urgency and priority in the climate agenda. Carbon Gini Index established in this paper can be used to measure inequality in the distribution of carbon space and provide a quantified indicator for measurement of carbon equity among different proposals.

Keywords: Climate Change, Carbon Equity, Long-term Mitigation Goal, Cumulative Emission Per Capita, Carbon Gini Index

JEL Classification: Q45, Q56, D63

Suggested Citation

Fei, Teng and Jiankun, He and Xunzhang, Pan and Chi, Zhang, How to Measure Carbon Equity: Carbon Gini Index Based on Historical Cumulative Emission Per Capita (April 14, 2011). FEEM Working Paper No. 31.2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1809727 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1809727

Teng Fei (Contact Author)

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

He Jiankun

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Pan Xunzhang

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Zhang Chi

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

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