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Evaluating ecological and economic benefits of a low-carbon industrial park based on millennium ecosystem assessment framework.

Chen B, He G, Yang J, Zhang J, Su M, Qi J - ScientificWorldJournal (2012)

Bottom Line: The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) framework was modified with a special focus on ecosystem service values.A case study of a typical low-carbon industrial park in Beijing was conducted to assess the ecological and economic benefits.Due to the construction of small grasslands or green roofs, considerable environmental regulation services are also provided by the park.

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Affiliation: State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. chenb@bnu.edu.cn

ABSTRACT
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) framework was modified with a special focus on ecosystem service values. A case study of a typical low-carbon industrial park in Beijing was conducted to assess the ecological and economic benefits. The total economic value of this industrial park per year is estimated to be 1.37 × 10(8) RMB yuan, where the accommodating and social cultural services are the largest two contributors. Due to the construction of small grasslands or green roofs, considerable environmental regulation services are also provided by the park. However, compared with an ecoindustrial park, carbon mitigation is the most prominent service for the low-carbon industrial park. It can be concluded that low-carbon industrial park construction is an efficacious way to achieve coordinated development of society, economy, and environment, and a promising approach to achieving energy saving and carbon reduction.

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The proportion of CV and ERV of the low-carbon industrial park.
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fig2: The proportion of CV and ERV of the low-carbon industrial park.

Mentions: As shown in Table 2, we can see that the employment value (EV) accounts for the largest proportion of the total values with a percentage of nearly 89%. This is generally due to the type of companies in the industrial park, most of which belong to the tertiary industry with a much higher average salary level. Housing value also represents a large portion of the total value with a ratio of 8.24%. As the prices of house keep soaring, even residents with a national average salary cannot afford a house in Beijing, implying that the housing value of buildings is far more than its real value. These two values are the direct values that we can find in the market. However, the most precious values of low-carbon industrial park are environmental and ecological values that cannot be evaluated by market prices. Thus, a specific analysis of GV and ERV is made in the following part. The results are shown in Figure 2.


Evaluating ecological and economic benefits of a low-carbon industrial park based on millennium ecosystem assessment framework.

Chen B, He G, Yang J, Zhang J, Su M, Qi J - ScientificWorldJournal (2012)

The proportion of CV and ERV of the low-carbon industrial park.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3539386&req=5

fig2: The proportion of CV and ERV of the low-carbon industrial park.
Mentions: As shown in Table 2, we can see that the employment value (EV) accounts for the largest proportion of the total values with a percentage of nearly 89%. This is generally due to the type of companies in the industrial park, most of which belong to the tertiary industry with a much higher average salary level. Housing value also represents a large portion of the total value with a ratio of 8.24%. As the prices of house keep soaring, even residents with a national average salary cannot afford a house in Beijing, implying that the housing value of buildings is far more than its real value. These two values are the direct values that we can find in the market. However, the most precious values of low-carbon industrial park are environmental and ecological values that cannot be evaluated by market prices. Thus, a specific analysis of GV and ERV is made in the following part. The results are shown in Figure 2.

Bottom Line: The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) framework was modified with a special focus on ecosystem service values.A case study of a typical low-carbon industrial park in Beijing was conducted to assess the ecological and economic benefits.Due to the construction of small grasslands or green roofs, considerable environmental regulation services are also provided by the park.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. chenb@bnu.edu.cn

ABSTRACT
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) framework was modified with a special focus on ecosystem service values. A case study of a typical low-carbon industrial park in Beijing was conducted to assess the ecological and economic benefits. The total economic value of this industrial park per year is estimated to be 1.37 × 10(8) RMB yuan, where the accommodating and social cultural services are the largest two contributors. Due to the construction of small grasslands or green roofs, considerable environmental regulation services are also provided by the park. However, compared with an ecoindustrial park, carbon mitigation is the most prominent service for the low-carbon industrial park. It can be concluded that low-carbon industrial park construction is an efficacious way to achieve coordinated development of society, economy, and environment, and a promising approach to achieving energy saving and carbon reduction.

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Related in: MedlinePlus