Can the Natural Resources Capitalization Contribute to the Achievement of Carbon Neutrality? A Pilot Experiment Evidence From China

Penghao Ye, Senmao Xia, Yu Xiong, Yanan Li, Lei Chen

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There has been renewed interest in assessing the pilot scheme for compiling the natural resources capitalization (NRC). A growing body of evidence highlights the good effects that the policy of NRC has on the construction of ecological civilization. No known empirical research has focused on exploring relationships between the policy of NRC and carbon emissions reduction. This paper employs the NRC as the ecological civilization policy to investigate whether the implementation of NRC has contributed to the carbon emissions reduction with a difference-in-differences (DID) method. The results showed that different variables of carbon emissions in four pilot cities can be effectively affected by the implementation of NRC. There were significant negative correlations between the carbon emissions per GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and the policy for Hulun Buir, Huzhou and Loudi cities, and a significant increase of carbon sequestration was found in Yan’an city. This research provides a timely and necessary study that the NRC policy could be a contributing factor to carbon emissions reduction. As a result of these investigations, suggestions were identified for future research. Further research should be undertaken to investigate the collaborative effects of multi-policies on environmental issues.

Original languageEnglish
Article number831840
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2022

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© 2022 Ye, Xia, Xiong, Li and Chen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.


This work is supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC 202107080008).

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Copyright © 2022 Ye, Xia, Xiong, Li and Chen.


  • carbon neutrality
  • China
  • difference–In–differences
  • natural resources capitalization
  • natural resources management and policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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