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Association between coal consumption and urbanization in a coal-based region: a multivariate path analysis
- Guo, Xiaojia, Zhang, Zilong, Zhao, Rui, Wang, Guokui, Xi, Jing
- Environmental science and pollution research international 2018 v.25 no.1 pp. 533-540
- coal, energy, income, issues and policy, lifestyle, models, path analysis, residential areas, urbanization, China
- This study examines causal relationship between urbanization and coal consumption. By taking Shanxi Province, China, as a typical case area, a multivariate path analysis model is used to seek for the key driving factors of coal consumption throughout its urbanization during the period of 1978 to 2014. The result indicates that the key factors are urban household disposable income and residential area per capita, which are closely related to urban construction and household lifestyle. It is expected that the study may inform better policies on coal consumption reduction and energy structure improvement.