The Moderating Role of Green Energy and Energy-Innovation in Environmental Kuznets: Insights from Quantile-Quantile Analysis

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Hammed Oluwaseyi Musibau

Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania, Australia

Maria Yanotti

University of Tasmania; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Joaquin Vespignani

University of Tasmania - School of Economics and Finance

Rabindra Nepal

School of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, University of Wollongong

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Date Written: April 23, 2020

Abstract

The recent environmental challenges in Africa emanated from global warming, human activity, limited access to electricity, and over exploitation of natural resources, have contributed to the growth of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the region. This paper empirically investigates the moderating role of green energy consumption and energy innovation in the environmental Kuznets’ curve for the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) region using data spanning from 1980 to 2018. Our threshold model found that at least 54 per cent of population need access to energy innovation before the region could be safe from environmental degradation. We conclude that investment in green energy, energy innovation, and conservation of natural resources will help to mitigate environmental degradation in SSA in the long run. Policies should be targeted towards encouraging the consumption of green energy, and more investment in energy innovation beyond the estimated threshold will save the region from pollution and its implications.

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve, Green energy, Energy innovation, CO2 emission, SSA countries; and Quantile-Quantile regression

Suggested Citation

Musibau, Hammed Oluwaseyi and Yanotti, Maria and Vespignani, Joaquin and Nepal, Rabindra, The Moderating Role of Green Energy and Energy-Innovation in Environmental Kuznets: Insights from Quantile-Quantile Analysis (April 23, 2020). CAMA Working Paper No. 39/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3583295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3583295

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