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Does wood biomass energy use reduce CO2 emissions in European Union member countries? evidence from 27 members


Sulaiman, Chindo and Abdul Samad, Abdul Rahim and Ofozor, Christopher Amechi (2020) Does wood biomass energy use reduce CO2 emissions in European Union member countries? evidence from 27 members. Journal of Cleaner Production, 253. art. no. 119996. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0959-6526


This study investigates the effect of wood biomass energy consumption on CO2 emissions in 27 European Union (EU) member countries for the 1990–2017 period. Applying panel dynamic ordinary least squares (DOLS), the results revealed that CO2 emissions decline with an increase in wood biomass energy consumption. While fossil fuel, GDP per capita and trade openness are found to be increasing CO2 emissions. The finding implies that CO2 emissions in EU member countries can be effectively reduced by increasing the amount wood biomass energy consumption in production processes. This will eventually contribute to tackling global warming. The estimated results are considered robust as they were validated by panel FMOLS and pooled OLS. The study recommends for EU member countries to increase the share of wood biomass energy in their energy mix to reduce CO2 emissions. Policy makers in these countries should also invest more in wood biomass energy production to increase its supply and accessibility. The authorities of these countries can equally emphasize on efficiency and sustainability of wood biomass energy to achieve energy security and reduce dependency on fossil fuel.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.119996
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Wood biomass energy; CO2 emissions; EU member countries; GDP per capita; Fossil fuel
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 02:41
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2021 02:41
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/88521
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