Volume 13: Proceedings Applied Energy Symposium: CUE2020, Part 2, Japan/Virtual, 2020

Mining Industry’s Energy and Carbon Performance Improvement in China:Evidence during 11th and 12th five-year plan Boqiang Lin, Runqing Zhu

Abstract

Energy consumption of China’s mining industry is larger than the total energy consumption of some European countries, such as the Netherlands and Spain. It is therefore significant to study the driving forces of the mining industry’s energy and carbon performance. This paper adopts the non-radial directional distance function to calculate the energy and carbon performance of China’s mining industry and uses metafrontier Malmquist index to disassemble the results into three components to analyze the driving forces of the mining industry’s energy and carbon performance improvement during the 11th and 12th five-year plan. We found that the main forces that drive the energy and carbon performance improvement are catch-up effects and technical gap ratio change, but the innovation effect does not have obvious contribution to the improvement. As for policymakers, the government should support improving the technology progress of the mining sector, reduce surplus capacity, and open up the mineral market.

Keywords China’s mining industry; energy and carbon performance; efficiency change; best practice gap change; technological leadership

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