The methane footprint of nations: Evidence from global panel data

Fernandez-Amador, Octavio; Francois, Joseph; Oberdabernig, Doris Anita; Tomberger, Patrick (14 November 2017). The methane footprint of nations: Evidence from global panel data Bern, Switzerland: World Trade Institute, University of Bern

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We develop a unique global dataset on methane inventories derived from production, final production, and consumption for 1997 - 2011. Anthropogenic emissions are quantitatively important for global warming and have increased about 25% from 1997 - 2011. We analyze the drivers of methane emissions per capita, both economy-wide and across sectors, paying attention to the form of the relation between emissions and growth. There is relative decoupling between methane and growth, and the relationship is non-linear. The effect of economic growth on emissions is likely to worsen when moving from lower to middle levels of development, and only improves as countries reach high levels of income. There is substantial heterogeneity in this relationship at a sectoral level, and sectoral transformation accompanying economic growth also leads to increased emissions. Together, relative decoupling and sectoral diversity challenge the design and implementation of environmental instruments to mitigate methane emissions. Methane also poses challenges to the overall management of greenhouse gas levels.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Fernandez-Amador, Octavio; Francois, Joseph; Oberdabernig, Doris Anita and Tomberger, Patrick

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Publisher:

World Trade Institute, University of Bern

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] NCCR Trade Regulation
[UNSPECIFIED] NRP73

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rebecca Anne Gilgen

Date Deposited:

21 Nov 2017 13:58

Last Modified:

21 Nov 2017 13:58

JEL Classification:

F18, F64, O44, Q54, Q56

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.107161

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107161

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