Metric of carbon equity: Carbon Gini index based on historical cumulative emission per capita

Fei Teng*, Jiankun He, Xunzhang Pan, Chi Zhang

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Abstract

This paper uses Lorenz curve and Gini index with adjustment to per capita historical cumulative emission to construct carbon Gini index to measure inequality in climate change area. The analysis shows that 70% of carbon space in the atmosphere has been used for unequal distribution, which is almost the same as that of incomes in a country with the biggest gap between the rich and the poor in the world. The carbon equity should be an urgency and priority in the climate agenda. Carbon Gini index established in this paper can be used to measure inequality in the distribution of carbon space and provide a quantified indicator for measurement of carbon equity among different proposals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-140
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Climate Change Research
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Carbon equity
  • Carbon Gini index
  • Climate change
  • Cumulative emission per capita
  • Long-term mitigation goal

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