Socioeconomic distribution of emissions and resource use in Ireland

Lyons, Sean, Pentecost, Anne and Tol, Richard S J (2012) Socioeconomic distribution of emissions and resource use in Ireland. Journal of Environmental Management, 112. pp. 186-198. ISSN 0301-4797

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Abstract

This paper aims to determine emissions polluted directly and indirectly by an average person, for each household type, across a wide range of emissions. There are five household type categories: location, income decile, household composition, size and number of disabled residents. Ireland's Sustainable Development Model (ISus) is used which allows the analysis of direct and indirect sources of pollution per household as the model is based on an input–output methodology. Four sets of results are presented: first for greenhouse gas emissions, second for air pollutants, third for persistent organic pollutants and lastly for metals. An analysis section shows how the picture changes when one controls for the size and income of households. All results analysed are for the year 2006. Most greenhouse gas and metal emissions are polluted via indirect means, although direct sources of emissions play a role for CO2, SO2 and CO. The results suggest that the richest decile is the biggest emitter and poorer and larger households are seen to emit the least per person. It is also shown that household income has a stronger relationship with pollution than household size per person.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: A General Works
Depositing User: Richard Tol
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 08:43
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2013 08:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44033
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