Influence of Population Income and Climate on Air Pollution in Cities due to Buildings: The Case of Spain
|Author||Zarco Soto, Francisco Javier
Zarco Soto, Irene M.
Zarco Periñán, Pedro Javier
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica|
|Published in||Atmosphere, 12 (8), Article number 1051.|
|Abstract||Half of the world’s population lives in cities. In addition, more than 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are produced in buildings in the residential and tertiary sectors. Therefore, cities, and in particular their buildings, ...
Half of the world’s population lives in cities. In addition, more than 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are produced in buildings in the residential and tertiary sectors. Therefore, cities, and in particular their buildings, have a great influence on these emissions. In fact, they are reflected in several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Any measure taken to reach these goals has a significant impact from the point of view of reducing greenhouse gases. An understanding of these goals is the basis of greenhouse gas mitigation. This work analyzed the CO2 emissions from the buildings in cities as a function of the economic income of their inhabitants. For this, databases published by official sources were used. The origins of the CO2 are usually emitted by buildings were analyzed—electrical and thermal, in the form of natural gas. Another variable that influences these emissions is climate. To study only the income variable, the influence of climate has been eliminated. Also, to facilitate analysis, an index has been introduced. As an example of application of the proposed methodology, Spanish cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants were studied. The analysis was carried out by household and by inhabitant. The results showed the following: the higher the income of the citizens, the higher the total and thermal emissions; thermal consumption is elastic, while electrical consumption is inelastic; emissions of electrical origin are almost constant; emissions from electrical energy are greater than those from thermal energy; as income increases, the ratio between emissions of electrical and thermal origin decreases.
|Cite||Zarco Soto, F.J., Zarco Soto, I.M. y Zarco Periñán, P.J. (2021). Influence of Population Income and Climate on Air Pollution in Cities due to Buildings: The Case of Spain. Atmosphere, 12 (8), Article number 1051.|