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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 858103, 5 pages
Research Article

Embodied Energy Use in China’s Infrastructure Investment from 1992 to 2007: Calculation and Policy Implications

1School of Management, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
2School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 28 West Xianning Road, Beijing District, Xi’an 710049, China
3School of Economics and Finance, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, China

Received 8 October 2012; Accepted 22 November 2012

Academic Editors: Bin Chen, Zhan-Ming Chen, and Han-Song Tang

Copyright © 2012 Hongtao Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Infrastructure has become an important topic in a variety of areas of the policy debate, including energy saving and climate change. In this paper, we use an energy input-output model to evaluate the amounts of China’s embodied energy use in infrastructure investment from 1992 to 2007. We also use the structure decomposition model to analyze the factors impacting the embodied energy use in infrastructure investment for the same time period. The results show that embodied energy use in infrastructure investment accounted for a significant proportion of China’s total energy use with an increasing trend and reflect that improper infrastructure investment represents inefficient use of energy and other resources. Some quantitative information is provided for further determining the low carbon development potentials of China’s economy.