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Fatima Tehreem's paper was marked as a "Hot Paper" by ESI

As the first-author, ADRI Fatima Tehreem’s paper “Renewable and nonrenewable energy consumption, trade and CO(2)emissions in high emitter countries: does the income level matter?” which was published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management in Oct, 2020, has been marked as a “Hot Paper” by Essential Science Indicators. Hot Paper here refers to the paper was published in the past two years and received enough citations in January/February 2021 to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in the academic field of Social Sciences, general.

This study was financially supported by the Major Program of the National Social Science Fund of China and further supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Provincial Natural Science Research Project in Anhui Province.

Fatima Tehreem is a postdoctoral researcher of the Pillar of Environmental Population and Climate Change in ADRI, her research interests include causes and impacts of energy usage and CO2 emissions, globalization, climate change, tourism, CO2 emissions, and disparities among the population in China and Asia. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Environmental Science and Pollution Research.


This study analyzes the effects of increased income and renewable energy on environmental quality, which has been ignored in the existing literature. An important contribution of this study is to analyze the role of renewable and nonrenewable energy in relation to the rising level of carbon emissions in the leading emitting countries. This research further examines the heterogeneous impacts of rising income levels and EKC investigation for CO2 emissions. The Kao cointegration, generalized method of moments (GMM), random effects, fixed effect (FE) regression models, and panel causality techniques are employed for panel data estimations. The empirical outcomes mention that an increase in income moderates the ratio of consumption of renewable energy to CO2 emissions. Increased income contributes more to the energy mix, which contributes to environmental pollution, through nonrenewable energy. This research reports policy-relevant critical masses beyond which an increase in income negatively affects the link between renewable energy and CO2 emissions.

About Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

JEPM publishes leading research focused on the integrated planning and management of the environment including environmental policy and sustainable development.

About Essential Science Indicators

ESI is an analytical tool that helps identify top-performing research in Web of Science Core Collection. ESI surveys more than 11,000 journals from around the world to rank authors, institutions, countries, and journals in 22 broad fields based on publication and citation performance. Hot Papers are papers that receive a large number of citations soon after publication, relative to other papers of the same field and age. They are papers published in the past two years that received a number of citations in the most recent two-month period that places them in the top 0.1% of papers in the same field.