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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 353602, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/353602
Research Article

An Energy-Economy-Environment Model for Simulating the Impacts of Socioeconomic Development on Energy and Environment

School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, No. 19, XinJieKouWai Street, HaiDian, Beijing 100875, China

Received 9 October 2013; Accepted 24 December 2013; Published 11 February 2014

Academic Editors: M. Acaroglu and P. Bhoi

Copyright © 2014 Wenyi Wang 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.

Abstract

Many rapidly developing regions have begun to draw the attention of the world. Meanwhile, the energy and environmental issues associated with rapid economic growth have aroused widespread critical concern. Therefore, studying energy, economic, and environmental systems is of great importance. This study establishes a system dynamic model that covers multiple aspects of those systems, such as energy, economy, population, water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, and technology. The model designed here attempts to determine the impacts of socioeconomic development on the energy and environment of Tongzhou District in three scenarios: under current, planning, and sustainable conditions. The results reveal that energy shortages and water pollutions are very serious and are the key issues constraining future social and economic development. Solid waste emissions increase with population growth. The prediction results provide valuable insights into social advancement.