The Additional Precision Provided by Regional Specific Data : The Identification of Fuel-Use and Pollution Generation Coefficients in the Jersey Economy

Turner, Karen (2003) The Additional Precision Provided by Regional Specific Data : The Identification of Fuel-Use and Pollution Generation Coefficients in the Jersey Economy. Discussion paper. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents findings from the database construction stage of a multi-sectoral economy-environment model of the Jersey economy. The availability of the very rich database used to construct a set of economyenvironment accounts and technical coefficients for Jersey provides the opportunity to explore a specific example of what is a widely discussed problem in regional accounting and modelling. This is the appropriateness of region-specific data collection. The work reported here focuses on environmental applications, specifically the problem of regional differences in technology and consumption patterns with respect to energy use and pollution generation. This is an issue attracting considerable current interest and debate in the UK. A significant degree of responsibility for setting and achieving sustainability objectives has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and the English Regional Development Agencies, which implies a need to develop economy-environment accounting and modelling frameworks at the regional level. One issue that has been prominent in the move to develop regional empirical frameworks has been the availability of, and investment required to generate appropriate regional economy-environment accounts. The findings reported illustrate the importance of this issue for a small regional economy like Jersey.