Adoption of carbon dioxide efficient technologies and practices: An analysis of sector-specific convergence trends among 12 nations
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2007

Carbon dioxide intensities in economic terms (GDP in PPP terms) in industrialized and developing countries have been shown to converge, and it has been argued that technology diffusion, leading to the use of similar technologies in all countries, is an important reason for this convergence. Indicators based on CO2 per output in PPP terms, however, give in comparison to physical indicators limited understanding of the process of technology diffusion. In order to analyze the technology diffusion hypothesis in more detail, we therefore study the trend in carbon dioxide emissions in relation to the production output in four separate sectors: iron and steel; paper, board and pulp; coal-fuelled power plants; and natural gas-fuelled power plants, in each of 12 countries, between 1980 and 1998. The indicators converge in each sector, indicating that across countries, technologies with more similar carbon dioxide efficiencies are used today than 25 years ago. We also find that at least some developing countries with high energy prices use more efficient technologies than industrialized countries with low energy prices.

Carbon dioxide intensity

Technology diffusion

Energy efficiency


Tobias A Persson

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

Ulrika Claeson Colpier

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Energiteknik

Christian Azar

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

Energy Policy

Vol. 35 5 2869-2878


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