Who is energy poor? Evidence from the least developed regions in China
Jiang L.; Yu L.; Xue B.; Chen X.; Mi Z.
Date Issued2020
Other AbstractEnergy poverty has become one of the major challenges faced by the world's energy system. However, there is no consensus on the measure of energy poverty. Several approaches have been proposed, among which the energy poverty line has been defined as the minimum quantity of energy required for basic life, particularly for cooking and heating. This paper estimates the relationship between energy expenditure and household income and identifies the energy poverty line based on the threshold above which the energy share becomes insensitive to household income using household survey data from rural Qinghai, China. Considering the ongoing energy transition and the negative impacts of biomass energy consumption for the environment and health, the study sets a scenario in which all bioenergy consumption is replaced with electricity. The findings show that 57% of rural households in rural Qinghai are energy poor. The phase of energy poverty in terms of basic energy access has passed, so increasing the share of efficient modern energy in household energy consumption requires more attention. Considering the existence of a population that is not income poor but is energy poor, a conventional policy design that primarily targets income-poor households may be inappropriate in this case. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
enkeywordsChina; Energy access; Energy poverty; Energy transition; Rural area
scopus keywordsBiomass; Energy utilization; Heating; Rural areas; Surveys; China; Developed regions; Energy access; Energy expenditure; Energy poverties; Energy transitions; Household energy consumption; Household surveys; Economic and social effects; accessibility; bioenergy; consumption behavior; energy policy; energy resource; energy use; policy approach; poverty; rural area; China; Qinghai
journalEnergy policy
Document Type期刊论文
AffiliationCollege of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730000, China; The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, London, WC1E 7HB, United Kingdom; Department of Land Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, China; German Development Institute-Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, 53113, Germany; Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, 14467, Germany
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Jiang L.,Yu L.,Xue B.,et al. Who is energy poor? Evidence from the least developed regions in China[J],2020,137.
APA Jiang L.,Yu L.,Xue B.,Chen X.,&Mi Z..(2020).Who is energy poor? Evidence from the least developed regions in China.Energy policy,137.
MLA Jiang L.,et al."Who is energy poor? Evidence from the least developed regions in China".Energy policy 137(2020).
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