Local Consumption and Territorial Based Accounting for CO2 Emissions

Kristinn Hermannsson, Stuart G McIntyre

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We examine the complications involved in attributing emissions at a sub-regional or local level. Specifically, we look at how functional specialisation embedded within the metropolitan area can, via trade between sub-regions, create intrametropolitan emissions interdependencies; and how this complicates environmental policy implementation in an analogous manner to international trade at the national level. For this purpose we use a 3-region emissions extended input-output model of the Glasgow metropolitan area (2 regions: city and surrounding suburban area) and the rest of Scotland. The model utilises data on commuter flows and household consumption to capture income and consumption flows across sub-regions. This enables a carbon attribution analysis at the sub-regional level, allowing us to shed light on the significant emissions interdependencies that can exist within metropolitan areas.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • co2 emissions
  • environmental accounting
  • regional interdependencies
  • metropolitan areas
  • commuting

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