The Driving Forces of Change in Environmental Indicators

An Analysis Based on Divisia Index Decomposition Techniques

  • Paula Fernández González
  • Manuel Landajo
  • Mª José Presno

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paula Fernández González, Manuel Landajo, MªJosé Presno
    Pages 1-15
  3. Paula Fernández González, Manuel Landajo, MªJosé Presno
    Pages 17-34
  4. Paula Fernández González, Manuel Landajo, MªJosé Presno
    Pages 53-72
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 73-80

About this book


This book addresses several index decomposition analysis methods to assess progress made by EU countries in the last decade in relation to energy and climate change concerns. Several applications of these techniques are carried out in order to decompose changes in both energy and environmental aggregates. In addition to this, a new methodology based on classical spline approximations is introduced, which provides useful mathematical and statistical properties. Once a suitable set of determinant factors has been identified, these decomposition methods allow the researcher to quantify the respective contributions of these factors. A proper interpretation of findings enables the design of strategies and a number of energy and environmental policies to control the variables of interest. This book also analyses the impact of several factors that allow control of these variables; among them, assessment of the specific contribution of improved energy efficiency is particularly relevant. A number of divisia-index-based techniques for decomposing changes in a generic indicator are now available, and these range from classical techniques based on Laspeyres and Paasche weights to more refined approaches relying on logarithmic mean weighting schemes. This book is intended for undergraduates and graduates of energy economics and environmental sciences, environmental policy advisors, and industrial engineers.


Decomposition Analysis EU Energy Policy EU Environmental Policy Energy Consumption Environmental Indicators Gas Emissions LMDI Method Spline Approximations

Authors and affiliations

  • Paula Fernández González
    • 1
  • Manuel Landajo
    • 2
  • Mª José Presno
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OviedoOviedoSpain
  2. 2.University of OviedoOviedoSpain
  3. 3.University of OviedoOviedoGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07505-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07506-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1284
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1292
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