Development of Practical Inventory Analysis Using an Input-Output Table
Hiroki HONDO, Yohji UCHIYAMA
This paper discusses two main problems to develop practical inventory analysis using an input-output (I-O) table. The first is the allocation problem caused by use of an actual I-O table, which indicates transaction among sectors on monetary unit. When direct and indirect emissions at the production of commodities are calculated using conventional I-O analysis method, the values are underestimated or overestimated due to the assumption that a commodity is sold at a uniform price to all consumers. In this paper, modified method is presented, reflecting the fact that a commodity is sold at different prices to each consumer. It is found that CO2 emission factors of commodities estimated using the modified method are different from those using the conventional method. The second is the way to combine process analysis with I-O analysis for reasonable and practical inventory analysis. The merit of process analysis is precise estimation reflecting actual processes. On the other hand, I-O analysis theoretically enables consistent estimation taking account of all processes in society. This paper describes an inventory analysis method that makes the best use of merits of both. CO2 emission factor of a boiler is calculated using the method and the result proves the method to be available.