Carbon dioxide emission, electricity consumption, industrialization, and economic growth nexus

the Beninese case

Samuel Asumadu-Sarkodie*, Phebe Asantewaa Owusu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this study, the causal nexus between carbon dioxide emission, electricity consumption, industrialization, and economic growth was examined in Benin for the periods between 1980 and 2012 using the autoregressive distributed lag approach. Evidence from the study shows that a 1% increase in electricity consumption will increase carbon dioxide emissions by 0.56% in the short run, a 1% increase in Benin’s total electricity consumption will increase carbon dioxide emissions by 0.95% in the long run, while a 1% increase in industrialization will increase carbon dioxide emissions by 0.60% in the long run. In the quest to mitigate climate change, the study proposes an investment in clean and renewable energy sources to substitute the fossil fuels currently used for electricity production in Benin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1089-1096
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Benin
  • carbon dioxide emissions
  • econometrics
  • economic growth
  • sustainability

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