Empirical Research on a Sustainable Consumption Performance Index of Chinese Urbanites

By Yangpin Zhou, Guangqing Huang and Huabin Xiao.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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First this article reviews the development and practice of sustainable consumption theory in China, as well as the effort Chinese government has put in promoting the progress of sustainable consumption. To better evaluate the sustainability of resident consumption, this article brings forward the concept and calculation method of SCPI (Sustainable Consumption Performance Index) based on current researches on it. Taking Guangdong, the province that is most developed and imbalanced as well, as an example, this article carries out empirical research in regions at various levels of economic development. It is found as a result that Guangdong is constructing its sustainable consumption pattern, with consumption standard and level transforming from traditional mode to sustainability. What’s more, Guangdong consumption sustainability is lagging far behind its economic development. Meantime, sustainable consumption level is closely linked with consumption capability, which serves as the biggest factor in influencing SCPI. With further and in-depth analysis, the article points out that the most effective way to improve consumption sustainability is to boost regional economic development and increase consumption level and capability under present economic status and resident consumption level.

Keywords: Sustainable Consumption, SCPI, Urbanite, City Comparison

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.171-184. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.386MB).

Yangpin Zhou

Ph.D. Candidate, majoring in environment planning and management research, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China & Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China

Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China.

Guangqing Huang

male, professor, deputy director of Guangzhou Institute of Geography, majoring in marine geology, environmental pollution and sustainable development., Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510070, China

Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510070, China.

Huabin Xiao

male, a Ph.D. Candidate, majoring in urban planning and landscape design, Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510070, China

Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510070, China.

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