Determinants of Household Carbon Emissions: Pathway toward Eco-Community in Beijing

Posted: 11 Nov 2019

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Zan Yang

Tsinghua University

Ying Fan

Hang Lung Center for Real Estate, Tsinghua University

Siqi Zheng

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Center for Real Estate; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Urban Studies & Planning; Hang Lung Center for Real Estate, Tsinghua University

Date Written: October 30, 2019

Abstract

Based on the household survey of “household energy consumption and living conditions in Beijing”, in this paper, we estimate the determinants of household carbon emissions and its relation to a community's building, neighborhood and location attributes. We find that a community with energy-saving building attributes and with greater amenities in neighborhood significantly reduces the level of residential household carbon emissions. Meanwhile, a community that is far from public facilities tends to increase the probability of car purchase and results in higher transportation carbon emissions. Given the implications these findings have on eco-communities and urban sustainability, we further discuss the importance of the role of a community when conducting ecological studies and its role for designing strategies for urban ecological infrastructure (UEI) planning toward eco-friendly economy and society.

Suggested Citation

Yang, Zan and Fan, Ying and Zheng, Siqi, Determinants of Household Carbon Emissions: Pathway toward Eco-Community in Beijing (October 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3478235

Zan Yang

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Ying Fan

Hang Lung Center for Real Estate, Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Siqi Zheng (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Center for Real Estate ( email )

Building 9-323
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://siqizheng.mit.edu/

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Urban Studies & Planning ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

Hang Lung Center for Real Estate, Tsinghua University ( email )

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Beijing, 100084
China

HOME PAGE: http://https://siqizheng.mit.edu/

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