Determinants of household carbon emissions: Pathway toward eco-community in Beijing

Zan Yang, Ying Fan, Siqi Zheng

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Based on the household survey of “household energy consumption and living conditions in Beijing”, in this paper, we estimate the determinants of household carbon emissions and its relation to a community's building, neighborhood and location attributes. We find that a community with energy-saving building attributes and with greater amenities in neighborhood significantly reduces the level of residential household carbon emissions. Meanwhile, a community that is far from public facilities tends to increase the probability of car purchase and results in higher transportation carbon emissions. Given the implications these findings have on eco-communities and urban sustainability, we further discuss the importance of the role of a community when conducting ecological studies and its role for designing strategies for urban ecological infrastructure (UEI) planning toward eco-friendly economy and society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-186
Number of pages12
JournalHabitat International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Beijing
  • Carbon emissions
  • Eco-community
  • Neighborhood
  • Residential community
  • Urban ecological infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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