Do methane emissions converge? Evidence from global panel data on production- and consumption-based emissions

Fernandez-Amador, Octavio; Oberdabernig, Doris Anita; Tomberger, Patrick (September 2020). Do methane emissions converge? Evidence from global panel data on production- and consumption-based emissions (Submitted) (WTI Working Paper 01/2020). Bern: World Trade Institute

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Methane emissions are the second most important contributor to global warming. Knowledge about the dynamics of methane emissions facilitates the formulation of climate policies and the understanding of their consequences. We investigate whether
methane emissions released from production and embodied in consumption converge within and across regions. Our estimates rely on global panel data on methane per capita and methane intensities over 1997{2014. We nd that emissions converge within
countries. The short half-lives show that the emissions of countries are close to their steady states. There is no evidence for international convergence of aggregate emissions. Yet, convergence of emissions across regions occurs in a number of economic sectors. Our results highlight the diculties to achieve methane abatement in the medium run. The formulation of climate policies should take into account the sectoral speci city of the dynamics of methane emissions.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

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

Subjects:

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

Series:

WTI Working Paper

Publisher:

World Trade Institute

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

24 Sep 2020 11:24

Last Modified:

14 Oct 2020 13:39

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146576

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146576

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