Unfolding interregional energy flow structure of China's construction sector based on province-level data

Quan Wen, Jianping Gu, Jingke Hong, Geoffrey Qiping Shen, Zhongfu Li, Man Yuan

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The construction sector is a critical part in achieving energy conservation targets in China, as it accounts for approximately 30% of the annual national energy supply for building construction. Therefore, this study integrates multi-regional input–output analysis and ecological network analysis to track energy fluxes and pathways from the construction sector, aiming to facilitate the configuration of the energy-flow structure and improve understanding of the region's responsibilities. Results of a spatial distribution analysis show that the eastern area of China leads in fossil energy consumption (e.g., coal and crude oil), whereas western China is the largest consumer of natural gas. Spatial relationship analyss indicate that eastern areas are located at the top of the trophic structure, implying that these regions are prioritized in energy consumption over the surrounding regions. By contrast, most regions located in the northern parts of China are characterized by resource-abundant areas and are at the bottom of the trophic structure, thereby indicating their comparatively weak role in an exploitation relationship. An investigation of major metropolitan areas demonstrates that mandatory targets set by national instruments are stratified in accordance with their diverse role and status in energy consumption at the beginning of the 12th Five-Year Plan period. However, these targets remain insignificant in the context of the inner area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109693
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Construction sector
  • Ecological network analysis
  • Embodied energy
  • Multi-regional input–output analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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