Household carbon inequality in the U.S

Kuishuang Feng, Klaus Hubacek*, Kaihui Song

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    Abstract

    Household carbon emissions are mainly affected by income and other key demographic factors. Understanding the contribution of these factors can inform climate responsibilities and potential demand side climate mitigation strategies. By linking US consumer expenditure survey data with a nested national within a global multi-regional input-output model, this study estimates consumption-based GHG emissions for 9 income groups and assesses the carbon inequality in the US for 2015. Our results show that the per capita carbon footprint (CF) of the highest income group (200 thousand USD per year) with 32.3 tons is about 2.6 times the per capita CF of the lowest income group (

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number123994
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
    Volume278
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2021

    Keywords

    • Inequality
    • Consumption-based emissions
    • Input-output analysis
    • Household
    • Consumption
    • INPUT-OUTPUT-ANALYSIS
    • INCOME INEQUALITY
    • LATIN-AMERICA
    • UNITED-STATES
    • CONSUMPTION
    • US
    • FOOTPRINTS
    • EMISSIONS
    • OPPORTUNITIES
    • POLICIES

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