Impact of government governance and environmental taxes on sustainable energy transition in China: fresh evidence using a novel QARDL approach

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2023 Feb 9:1-13. doi: 10.1007/s11356-023-25407-9. Online ahead of print.


Although economies have experienced immense growth in recent times, however, it also comes with environmental and social consequences which question the current practices and threaten the well-being of current as well as the future generation. This realization, thus, pushes institutions to bring change in existing energy-related policies in order to incorporate social and environmental concerns. Clean energy transition, in this regard, is gaining attraction all over the world as it shifts away economies from non-renewable resources. The study, thereby, intends to explore the role of governance and environmental taxes in the energy transition in China economy over the period 1999-2019. The roles of industrialization and economic growth in the transition of energy are taken into consideration. The recently introduced legit quantile autoregressive distributed lag (QARDL) model and Granger causality in quantiles are applied to quarterly data spanning 1999Q1 to 2019Q4 for empirical quantile analysis. Results echoed that governance has a positive impact and environmental resources have a negative impact on energy transition across all quantiles. However, economic growth influences clean energy transition only at extremely higher quantiles (0.60-0.95), and industrialization does not have any effect on energy transition over the entire quantile range. The findings of the Granger causality analysis reveal the presence of a bidirectional causal association between clean energy transition and all the variables. Worthy policies are recommended on the basis of the findings.

PMID:36757594 | PMC:PMC9909652 | DOI:10.1007/s11356-023-25407-9


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