Can rural e-commerce contribute to carbon reduction? A quasi-natural experiment based on China’s e-commerce demonstration counties

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Author(s)

  • Lizhao Du
  • Xinpu Wang
  • Shaoxin Zhang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104336-104349
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume30
Issue number47
Online published13 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Abstract

As information and communication technologies gain prominence in rural areas, rural e-commerce has emerged as a crucial mechanism for fostering agricultural and rural development. While the economic impact of rural e-commerce is widely studied, its effects on carbon emissions remain underexplored. Utilizing a multi-period DID model and Chinese county-level panel data from 2011 to 2017, this paper examines the impact of rural e-commerce on carbon emission reduction, employing the “comprehensive demonstration of e-commerce into villages” policy introduced by the Chinese government in 2014 as a quasi-natural experiment. Our findings show that e-commerce demonstration counties experienced a 10.6% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the control group, indicating a significant emission reduction effect. Further analysis reveals that rural e-commerce drives carbon reduction through decreased fertilizer usage, altered cropping structures, and enhanced transportation efficiency. Notably, rural e-commerce’s emission reduction effect is more pronounced in major grain-producing regions and areas with higher digitalization levels. This study has crucial theoretical and practical implications for achieving carbon emission reduction and sequestration in agriculture and advancing green agricultural development. © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.

Research Area(s)

  • Carbon emissions, Digital villages, E-commerce demonstration counties, Multi-phase DID, Quasi-natural experiments

Citation Format(s)

Can rural e-commerce contribute to carbon reduction? A quasi-natural experiment based on China’s e-commerce demonstration counties. / Du, Lizhao; Wang, Xinpu; Zhang, Shaoxin.
In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research , Vol. 30, No. 47, 10.2023, p. 104336-104349.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review