Environmental Performances of Forest Products Industry Participating in Global Value Chain --Taking the Carbon Emissions of China’s Wood Processing and Paper Printing and Publishing Industry as an Example

Fangmiao Hou, Ting Cai, Jing Wang

Ekoloji, 2019, Issue 107, Pages: 583-591, Article No: e107064

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Abstract

Compared with the world’s major forest products trading countries, China’s forest products industry still has relatively high carbon emission intensity. Based on the environment Kuznets curve model of the global value chain, the paper uses the MRIO model to decompose the carbon emissions of China, focusing on the carbon emission intensity of the forest products industry, and calculating the value chain participation index and value chain position indicators of the forest products industry. It is found that both the wood processing industry and the paper printing and publishing industry value chain participation have a significant impact on carbon emission. Because of great significance to the energy conservation and emission reduction of China’s forest products industry, policy implications are to improve the status of division of labor in the value chain and to achieve green economic development by absorbing, developing and adopting more green technologies.

Keywords

carbon emission, global value chain, forest products, wood processing, paper printing

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