n South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Estimating the carbon emissions balance for South Africa : microsimulation
|Article Title||Estimating the carbon emissions balance for South Africa : microsimulation|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Author||Alan C. Brent, Sibbele Hietkamp, Russell M. Wise and Kenney O'Kennedy|
|Publication Date||Sep 2009|
|Pages||263 - 279|
|Keyword(s)||D57 and Q52|
ISI Social Science
The carbon footprint of materials and products is becoming an increasingly important factor in international trade. At present the carbon emissions balance of the South African economy is not well understood, especially the carbon emissions associated with imports and exports. An investigation was done of known economic input-output and life cycle analyses models addressing this shortcoming. The results reveal that South Africa is a major exporter of carbon; at least 129 per cent more carbon is associated with a dollar earned from exports than a dollar spent on imports, and the carbon footprint of the outflows on average, equates 37 per cent of the total carbon emissions of the economy. Such figures have serious policy-related implications in a future where international climate-change trade limitations will become stricter and binding.
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