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Shanghai's Yangshupu Power Plant which shut down in 2010 for carbon dioxide reduction, December 28, 2013. The plant will become an exhibition facility showing the native culture of Shanghai.

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Journal Article - Ecological Modelling

Four System Boundaries for Carbon Accounts

| In Press

Knowing the carbon emission baseline of a region is a precondition for any mitigation effort, but the baselines are highly dependent on the system boundaries for which they are calculated. On the basis of sectoral energy statistics and a nested provincial and global multi-regional input–output model, the authors calculate and compare four different system boundaries for China's 30 provinces and major cities.

Scene from the Turfan Basin, Xinjiang Autonomous Region in far western China, 20 July 2012. It is the hottest and driest area in China and has abundant coal reserves.

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Journal Article - Environmental Science and Technology

The Water-Carbon Trade-off of China's Coal Power Industry

| In Press

The energy sector is increasingly facing water scarcity constraints in many regions around the globe, especially in China, where the unprecedented large-scale construction of coal-fired thermal power plants is taking place in its extremely arid northwest regions. As a response to water scarcity, air-cooled coal power plants have experienced dramatic diffusion in China since middle 2000s. By the end of 2012, air-cooled coal-fired thermal power plants in China amounted to 112 GW, making up 14% of China's thermal power generation capacity. But the water conservation benefit of air-cooled units is achieved at the cost of lower thermal efficiency and consequently higher carbon emissions intensity.

View of Chongqing from Chaotianmen, 25 October 2011. Chongqing's water footprint  depends heavily on virtual water inflow from other provinces.

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Journal Article - Ecological Economics

A Multi-regional Input–output Analysis of Domestic Virtual Water Trade and Provincial Water Footprint in China

| April 2014

China's booming economy has brought increasing pressures on its water resources. The water scarcity problem in China is characterized by a mismatch between the spatial distributions of water resources, economic development and other primary factors of production, which leads to the separation of production and consumption of water-intensive products. In this paper, the authors quantify the scale and structure of virtual water trade and consumption-based water footprints at the provincial level in China based on a multi-regional input–output model.

An industrial area, with a coal-fired power plant, on the Old Grand Canal of China, south of Yangzhou's downtown, Feb. 7, 2012. China's water-energy nexus is dominated by coal-fired power generation.

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Journal Article - Environmental Science and Technology

Life Cycle Water Use of Energy Production and its Environmental Impacts in China

| December 17, 2013

The energy sector is a major user of fresh water resources in China. We investigate the life cycle water withdrawals, consumptive water use, and wastewater discharge of China's energy sectors and their water-consumption-related environmental impacts, using a mixed-unit multi-regional input-output (MRIO) model and life cycle impact assessment method (LCIA) based on the Eco-indicator 99 framework.