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Features, Driving Forces and Transition of the Household Energy Consumption in China. A Review


Jiang,  Lu
External Organizations;

Chen,  Xingpeng
External Organizations;


Xue,  Bing
IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam;

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Jiang, L., Chen, X., Xue, B. (2019): Features, Driving Forces and Transition of the Household Energy Consumption in China. A Review. - Sustainability, 11, 4, 1186.

Cite as: https://publications.iass-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_4161926
Household energy consumption has been a major contributor to the increase in global energy demand and carbon emission, and the household sector has also become one of the most crucial factors shaping the management of developments towards sustainability. However, there is still a knowledge gap regarding the household energy consumption in China. Due to the vast territory and the differences among regional conditions, it is critical to conduct a systemic review to illustrate the overall situation as well as the detailed mechanisms of the household energy consumption in China. By employing both qualitative and quantitative methods, two key features of the household energy consumption in China are presented; one is regarding the total amount and the structure of the household energy consumption, and the second is the significant urban-rural gap. The driving forces are investigated from the perspective of external determinants and internal determinants, which consist of seven key factors; finally, the transition roadmap towards the sustainable energy system for the household level are presented based on the text analysis from the four key policy documents. Weaknesses in the current research on the energy geography of household level also exist, such as the lack of single factor research and the lack of integration and comprehensive analysis. Therefore, future studies need to strengthen the research of regional household energy consumption structure, spatial-temporal process, and its motivation mechanism, and sustainable development of energy, so as to explore space-social structure of household energy consumption and spatial-temporal interaction.