Examining the relationship between tourism GDP and tourism carbon emissions in Taiwan from 1999-2015

  • 謝 依靜

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


While tourism development brings enormous positive economic impact for a country it also generates increasing environmental pollutions such as carbon dioxide emissions How to keep the balance between tourism development and tourism carbon emissions is an important issue Therefore the research aims to explore the relationship between tourism GDP and tourism carbon emissions through decomposition analysis to catch the dynamic change in the period from 1999-2015 in Taiwan In addition the research also compares a decomposes the eco-efficiency indicator of tourism and national average sector in Taiwan for policy making The results are as follows: 1) For inbound tourists for every NT$1000 of visitor spending there is an increase CO2 per capita of 10 3 kg The similar result for domestic tourists and outbound tourists are 19 3 and 97 4 kg CO2 per capita grows respectively 2) In terms of the decomposition analysis tourism CO2 shows that in the period of 2000-2015 final demand effect is the main contributor to increase CO2 (increase 919 tons) followed by the structure effect (increase 13 tons) and the intensity effect is the main factor to counter CO2 growth Overall the speed of technology improvement is not fast enough to suppress the tourism consumption growth As a result tourism CO2 is increasing with annual growth rate 4 4% in 2000-2015 3) Tourism eco efficiency is 2 2 times of the national average in 2000 However it grows to 3 3 times in 2015 It indicates that if we continue to develop and consume tourism as the way it is the carbon emissions per dollar GDP will aggravate
Date of Award2017 Sep 6
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorYa-Yen Sun (Supervisor)

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