Impact of economic growth on carbon emissions in selected West African countries, 1980–2019

Richard Osadume (Marine Economics and Finance, Nigeria Maritime University, Warri, Nigeria)
Edih O. University (Marine Economics and Finance, Nigeria Maritime University, Warri, Nigeria)

Journal of Money and Business

ISSN: 2634-2596

Article publication date: 6 July 2021

Issue publication date: 24 September 2021

2048

Abstract

Purpose

This study investigated the impact of economic growth on carbon emissions on selected West African countries between 1980 and 2019. Simon-Steinmann's economic growth model provides the relevant theoretical foundation. The main objective of this study was to ascertain whether economic growth will impact carbon emissions.

Design/methodology/approach

The study selected six-sample countries in West Africa and used secondary data obtained through the World Bank Group online database covering the period 1980–2019, employing panel econometric methods of statistical analysis.

Findings

The outcome indicates that the independent variable showed a positively significant impact on the dependent variable for the pooled samples in the short-run, with significant cointegration.

Research limitations/implications

The study concluded that economic growth significantly impacts the emissions of carbon, and a 1% rise in economic growth will result to 3.11121% unit rise in carbon emissions.

Practical implications

Policy implementation should encourage the use of energy efficient facilities by firms and government and the establishment of carbon trading hubs.

Social implications

Failure by governments to heed the recommendations of this research will result to serious climate change issues on economic activities with attendant consequences on human health within the region and globally.

Originality/value

This is one of the comprehensive works on subject covering the West African region within the continent.

Keywords

Citation

Osadume, R. and University, E.O. (2021), "Impact of economic growth on carbon emissions in selected West African countries, 1980–2019", Journal of Money and Business, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 8-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMB-03-2021-0002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2021, Richard Osadume and Edih O. University

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1. Introduction

Some scholars had contended that economic growth refers to the problems of developed countries (Jhingan, 2008). The process of raising income level in developed climes had also been credited to economic growth (Maddison as cited in Jhingan, 2008). Schumpeter sees growth as a gradual and steady change in the long-run through increase in the rate of savings and population (Schumpeter, 1934 as cited in Jhingan, 2008). However, it has been counter-argued that growth has nothing to do with the type of economy but relates to the nature and causes of change.

This refutes the assertion that economic growth only refers to the problems of advanced nations. There is also growth in developing economies such as West African countries. Jhingan (2008) asserts that growth is determined by economic and noneconomic factors. Economic factors comprise capital, enterprise, technology, natural and human resources while social institutions, political condition and moral values are summed as noneconomic factors. Schumpeter also postulates that savings and population affect economic growth. The power house of an economy is the inbuilt capacity of the human capital and available technology. The positive assumption is a rise in the population engineer's productive growth of in the economy. Brand (2009 as cited in Etugbo, 2020) supports the view that efficient human capital is key to growth. The resources available for economic growth are driven by the people. A rise in population leads to higher energy consumption for agricultural and industrial purposes. Productive energy supports labor and capital as input factors in the production process.

Energy in terms of electricity generated from coal and fuel are drivers of economic growth (Mulugeta et al., 2012). Chindo and Abdul-Rahim (2018) consider growth as the rise in energy utilization since nations are making efforts to boost their productive capacities. It has been asserted that a rise in energy consumption leads to growth in carbon emissions (Hossain, 2014; Begum et al., 2015). Fossil fuel utilization as a source of energy generates carbon-dioxide (Co2) emissions into the atmosphere. Human activities have greatly escalated due to uncontrolled population, especially in West Africa. The predictions of Malthus on population growth are evident in Africa without measures to checkmate it. The activities of deforestation, bush burning, manufacturing and building are increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (Chindo and Abdul-Rahim, 2018). Liddle (2015) also contends that rise in population can raise energy consumption resulting to rise in carbon emissions. The issue of carbon emissions due to increased human activities as well as geometric increase in population is a disturbing phenomenon, which cannot be overlooked. It has to be prevented to reduce its disastrous impact on global temperature, environment and human lives.

Based on this stand point, a protocol for the reduction of carbon emissions was developed in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 and effective in 2005. The United Nation framework on global climate change committed it members to abide by the emission reduction targets. The World's efforts in minimizing carbon emissions were corroborated by the Paris (COP 21) agreements in December 2015 and adopted by 195 countries to implement the first global climate deal (Chao and Hsiango, 2016). Economic growth has adversely impacted on the environment through intense pressure on natural resources. Economic growth and globalization are scenarios if not managed will cause systemic collapse of the planet's natural resources (Danella et al., 2004; Allau, 1980). Environmentalists had advised countries to associate economic growth with quality of life, wasteful consumption, environment degradation and social inequality.

Sustainability of the planet should be uppermost consideration in policy formulation (Mckenzie, 2019 as cited in Ge et al., 2020). In 2019, 11 scientists from 150 independent nations declared that over exploitation of the ecosystem and excessive extraction processes were caused by economic growth. They warned that efforts should be shifted from gross domestic product (GDP) growth to the sustenance of improved human lives. Other studies showed that a significant positive relationship exists between carbon gas emission and economic growth and disparities in carbon intensities (carbon emissions per GDP). They posited that global economic wealth was positively related to rate of global carbon emissions (Garret, 2009; Carrington, 2019).

To validate these postulations in West Africa, the study seeks to investigate whether economic growth has any influence carbon emissions. The study is significant because it will inform policymakers on the causes of carbon emission and global warming in the sub-region as well as provide measures that would lead to carbon emission reduction without necessarily reducing economic growth. The objective of the study is to determine whether economic growth exerts any impact on emissions of carbon in selected West Africa countries in the short run, as well as in the long run. The study formulated two hypotheses to test whether economic growth significantly impacts the emissions of carbon gas in the (1) shortrun and also in the (2) long-run, by employing econometric analyses based on data sourced from Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Liberia Senegal and Niger.

2. Review of related literature studies

Several literature studies were reviewed in respect of subject, covering the conceptual framework, theoretical framework and empirical review.

2.1 Conceptual framework

Key concepts were reviewed in the course of this study as highlighted in the supporting subsections:

2.1.1 Carbon (CO2) emissions and economic growth

Growth is a progressive phenomenon that evolves through combination of factors (natural, human and technological) within specified periods. The dire need to grow the economy increases economic activities in countries of the world. Increase in the volume of economic activities had been argued as the causes of environmental hazards (Adu and Denkyirah, 2017). Economic growth is seen to be facilitated through industrialization and globalization. Industrialization serves as the economic engine for growth and development (Peet, 1987, as cited in Adu and Denkyirah, 2017). Industrialization and globalization are enhanced through technology and increased energy consumption. The increase in economic growth will induce global warming. Countries in West Africa are gradually shifting from the agricultural-based economy to attaining high level of growth. The establishment of industries by foreign entrepreneurs coupled with indigenous ones has made West African countries “pollution haven” due to weak environmental protection laws (Adu and Denkyirah, 2017).

In unraveling the debate whether economic growth causes disruption of the environment, Kuznets (1995) hypothesized that as per capita increases, income inequality reaches maximum and decreases in line with diminishing laws of returns. Increase in income is necessitated by economic growth and desire for pleasurable life. Studies from environmental Kuznets' curve indicates that emerging economies such as West African countries will face degradations in the environment at the onset of economic development (Grossman and Krueger, 1995). Oil mining in Nigeria (Niger–Delta region) has drastically altered the ecosystem resulting to massive environmental pollution of the land, sea and air. The pollution caused by oil spillage, pipelines vandalism, gas flaring and local refineries is overwhelming and catastrophic to human and environmental resources. Meadows et al. (1972) suggest that activities in an economy constitute a source of environmental pollution. Despite the initiative canvassed by the Kyoto protocol in 1992, the West African Union under West Africa Economic and Monetary Union countries framework is still experiencing increasing CO2 emissions (Youmanli, 2017).

It has been affirmed that industrialization, globalization, population growth and changes in lifestyles are major factors that increase energy consumption. As energy consumption increases, the level of carbon emissions invariably increases due to economic activities for enhanced GDP (Apergis and Ozturk, 2015). Youmanli (2017) argues that economic growth affects the natural chemistry of the environment positively or negatively depending on the composition effect. It was contended that manufacturing activities with less pollution intensive technologies mitigate the consequences of economic activities on the environment and vice versa (Brock and Taylor, 2005). Urbanization has also been seen as a necessary factor that affects the level of pollution (Hossain, 2011; Sharma, 2011). Al - Mulali et al. (2015) suggested urbanization increases pollution in Europe; however, population does not affect CO2 emissions in Malaysia (Begum et al., 2015). The Malaysian study may require further probing to authenticate its veracity against contrasting results (Chindo et al., 2015).

Aye and Edoja (2017) contended that economic growth had predictive ability of carbon emissions. Carbon emission is regarded as a greenhouse emission that causes global warming and indirectly, environmental degradation. The authors debunked the notion that environmental efficiency would improve as incomes increase, but rather advocate that more carbon dioxide would be released if measures are not taken to reduce carbon footprints. Environmental impacts are thus worsened by industrialization and development. Environmental impact otherwise referred to as degradation is the gradual wearing away of the environment and its constituent elements, including the ecosystem, water, soil, air, habitat and wildlife through uncontrolled human activities (Conservation Energy, CEF, 2016). Degradation of the environment had been reckoned officially as a major threat to nature and mankind (Aye and Edoja, 2017). A country's growth rate is determined by a number of factors such as population growth, economic capacities and natural resources. The objective of growth in an economy is to increase the wealth of nations, per capita income, enhanced living standard and economic stability. However, certain growth may produce negative consequences on the environment through pollution, over exploitation, degradation, loss of wildlife and climate change (Phimphanthavang, 2013).

Ayoade (2003) argues that industrial revolution increases the level of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere. The level of carbon gas at the beginning of industrial revolution was about 280ppm for about 700 years. However in 1860, the rate of emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere is 0.5% per year (Mohamed et al., 2012). CO2 emissions arise from bush burning, oil and natural gas exploration activities, as well as coal as sources of energy for production. Carbon-dioxide emissions also escape into the air through wood burning, waste materials and industrial process such as cement production, refineries, alcohol factories, etc. The rise in peoples' economic activities doubles the degree of pollution of the environment. The economic activities of production and manufacturing revolve round these explicit causes of carbon dioxide emissions and environmental degradation.

2.2 Theoretical framework

This work is anchored on Simon-Steinmann's economic growth model and suggests that a larger population will induce a larger level of growth in technology, resulting to larger per capita income. There is causality and correlation among increased population, technology and per capita income. This is referred to as the population push model. The idea behind this model is that technology develops independent of population growth through learning-by-doing. By learning and doing, technology builds upon itself bringing to the unity of the pull and push effects of technological advancement. During the period of static population the proponents contend that there are some levels of technological progression however slower than in growing population.

Cobb–Douglas production function was used to explain the endogenous technological progression based on both learning-by-doing and population growth. The theory also buttressed the relationship between supply of labor and population while dismissing the impact of age-structure and dependency ratio on economic growth as negligible. The US and Japan economies were used to illustrate the difference between savings proportion and its output impact. Results from the model showed that average per capita economic growth was at equilibrium.

In 1986, Simon contended that the higher the population, the higher the rate of production through the adoption of technology. This asserts that negative population growth will limit growth, while large negative outflows in population will cause growth stagnancy. The author advised that the extent of composite technology available and in use should never decrease. Consistent growth in population and technology will result to growth and development in the economy.

2.3 Empirical review

There have been inconsistencies in deciding the direction of the debate on carbon emissions, notwithstanding that limited studies have been undertaken in the Western coast of the African hemisphere on subject. For instance, some of the available studies are as follows:

Akinlo (2008) as well as Adom et al. (2012) both argued in favour of economic growth as a major factor affecting the increase of carbon gas emissions in selected African nations. Both studies used Granger causality approach and covered countries, such as Togo, Sudan, Nigeria, Congo, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Ivory Coast from 1980 to 2003. The outcome of both Akinlo’s (2008) study and his further studies with VECM econometric method recognized three brand of causality relationships existing among the variables of energy utilization and GDP with carbon emissions, namely, bidirectional causality for countries such as Senegal, Ghana and Gambia, the relationship was unidirectional for Zimbabwe and Congo DR, while the causality relationship was neutral for Nigeria, Togo, Cameroun, Kenya, Sudan and Ivory Coast. Eleazar (2015) also supported the neutrality influence existing between growth in the economy and energy utilization as revealed above by Adom et al. (2012) and Akinlo (2008). The results showed that using a Toda and Yamamoto Granger causality technique, economic performance and energy utilization had neutral effects in Cameroun, Senegal, South Africa and Togo in the long run. The researchers noted the possible implementation of energy efficiency policies in the study countries.

Chiu (2012) in a study of 52 nations from 1972 to 2003 using established variables (trade openness, rural population, per capita GDP, population density and free political association) employed panel smooth transaction regression (PSTR). The outcome debunked the existence of Kuznets curve theory of the environment (commonly known as EKC) for the selected countries. Farhani and Rejeb (2012), focused on the study of 15 Middle East and North Africa countries between 1973 and 2008 using GDP, energy consumption and carbon emissions as variables. The study which used panel cointegration and panel causality test methods revealed no significant relationship as existing between energy utilization and GDP and between CO2 emission and energy utilization in the short run. In the long run, however, a unidirectional causality was observed between GDP and CO2 emission and energy consumption. Duarte et al. (2013) in a study of 65 countries between 1962 and 2008 using variables such as income per capita, water per capita, political freedom and precipitation observed using a PSTR econometric method, a U-shaped relationship with marked downward slope dominated nexus.

Chen and Hang (2014) in their study using 36 countries from 1985 to 2012, adopting oil consumption, natural gas consumption, coal utilization, GDP per capita and CO2 per capita with a PSTR method, argued in support of a regime switching relationships among per capita measure of GDP and carbon gas with a significant outcome on coal consumption, natural gas and oil consumption. (These energy sources are carbon emitting in their very nature). Heidari et al. (2015) using five Association of South-East Asian Nations countries from 1980 to 2008 defined variables comprising energy consumption, carbon emissions and economic performance. Again, the PSTR method was used and the result revealed a contradiction with Chiu (2012). Saidi and Hammami (2015) investigated 58 countries between 1990 and 2012, employing variables such as GDP per capita, capital stock, population, CO2 emissions per capita, energy utilization per capita and financial development. The investigation which used dynamic panel variables with GMM revealed a positive correlation between GDP per capita and energy consumption with carbon emissions per capita.

More recent studies in the African terrain revealed a significant relationship between carbon gas emissions and short-run economic growth, while in the long run no significant relationship was detected between CO2 emission and economic growth. The no significant correlation implies no EKC existence in African sub-region and the selected study areas (Adu and Denkyirah, 2017; Youmanli, 2017; Aye and Edoja, 2017). Esso and Keho (2016) from their studies discovered that economic growth Granger-causes CO2 emissions in the short run in sample areas of DR Congo, Ghana, Benin, Senegal and Nigeria.

Finally, contemporary studies such as Bismark and Li (2018) using panel econometric methods insist on a unidirectional causal effect of GDP on carbon gas emissions in Africa. Also, while Olusanya and Musa (2018) contended in favour of a negative effect of GDP on carbon gas emissions in the short run for countries such as Zimbabwe, Senegal, Liberia and Malawi, Chun and Xiaoxin (2019) maintains that financial development significantly affects carbon emissions in emerging economies and least developed countries. Hence, this study will attempt to reconcile most of these disparities and disagreements that above studies have generated with appropriate policy directions for the West African governments toward reducing the incidents of global warming.

3. Materials and methods

This section considers the various diagnostics and standard tests to be carried out as well as formulation of variables and models.

3.1 Research design

The research employed secondary panel data obtained online through World Bank Group website and the Central Bank of the selected study countries covering the period1980–2019. The selected panel sample countries included in this study are Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, Niger and Gambia.

3.2 Model and variable specification

Several researchers have conducted investigations on subject, and this work is modeled after the study of Saidi and Hammami (2015), who used GDP per capita, capital stock, population, CO2 emissions per capita, energy consumption and financial development with moderate modifications as follows:

(1)RGDP=α0+α1ENCSP+α2PGDP+α3CO2E+α4INFR+tn
Where, RGDP = real gross domestic product;
  • PGDP = population per gross domestic product;

  • CO2E = carbon dioxide or simply carbon emissions;

  • ENCP = energy consumption;

  • INFR = inflation rate;

  • α0α4 = parameters and

  • tn = error term at period n.

A prior expectation is a positively significant correlation: RGDP > 0 > CO2E

Equation (1) above could be transformed into a panel model, as follows;

(2)RGDPit=α0+α1ENCSPit+α2PGDPit+α3CO2EMit+α4INFR+ωit,ωit=ti+Vit(Randomeffect)

4. Data and analysis

The statistical analysis undertaken will cover both diagnostic tests and the hypothesis testing including panel descriptive statistics, unit root tests, panel regression and Granger-causality tests and cointegration econometric tests with relevant diagnostic testing (Heteroskedasticity tests).

4.1 Basic econometric tests

4.1.1 Panel descriptive statistic

Figure 1 shows a normally distributed normal panel series with significant Jarque-Bera probability of 0.0000 comprising the six-study sample areas of Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Gambia and Liberia.

The descriptive statistics in Table 1 show a total generated observation of 232 for the panel series with positively distributed mean, median and standard deviations. The skewness ranges from negative peakedness of −2.185093 to highest peakedness of positive 10.63081 before closing at a low positive of 0.752006 depicting a normal distribution curve (Figure 1). The kurtosis is averagely platykurtic with a significant Jarque–Bera probability of 0.0000. The Jarque–Bera test is a statistic test used to measure the difference of the skewness and kurtosis of the series with those from the normal distribution. It is observed that while some of the countries in the study area may not fall within a normal distribution, the panel series of the combined series will tilt toward a normal distribution as depicted in Figure 1.

4.1.2 Stationarity test

The Stationarity test at 0.05 significance level and indicates that the panel variables have significant probabilities of 0.0000 with first level difference integration. Hence, the panel series do not have unit roots and are all stationary at the first level of integration (see Table 2).

4.2 Hypothesis testing

4.2.1 Restatement of Hypothesis 1

H0.

Economic growth does not show significant outcome on emissions of carbon in the selected study areas in the short run.

H1.

Economic growth does show significant outcome on emissions of carbon in the selected study areas in the short run.

The panel model is translated into a random panel model and tested using panel ordinary least square with the result in Table 3. This hypothesis will be tested using both the panel regression and panel Granger-causality methods; in addition, the individual country contributions to the overall panel results will be highlighted.

The panel regression result in Table 3 reveals that RGDP has positively significant outcome on carbon gas emissions at the 5% confidence level with a probability of 0.0021. Hence, a 1% rise in the RGDP will result to 3.11121% rise in the gas emissions for the selected sample countries. Similarly, at a lead of two levels, there is a positive and significant impact of the energy utilization/consumption on subject gas emissions in the shorter period. The R2 and adjusted R2 at 12.06 and 9.98%, respectively, shows a good goodness fit and the model is capable of taking up more variables. The Dubin–Watson value 1.79769 shows a strong regulation of autocorrelations or its reduction to a very acceptable minimum.

4.2.1.1 Granger-causality results

The result in Table 4 indicates only a unidirectional Granger-causality impact of PGDP on CO2E being significant with a p-value of 0.0164 at the chosen level of 5% significance for Niger. For Senegal, the result indicates there is no Granger-causality impact of PGDP and RGDP on CO2E with insignificant p-value above 5% at the chosen level of significance. Hence, Senegal did not contribute to the observed short-run economic growth impact on carbon emissions. Similarly, the results for Ghana show that PGDP and RGDP do not Granger-cause CO2E. Thus, economic activity levels for subject country has no significant impact on carbon gas emissions with p-values above 5% confidence level. However, the causality outcome for Nigeria indicates that PGDP Granger-causes CO2E in a unidirectional fashion with a significant p-value of 0.0230. Thus, economic activity levels in Nigeria produces a significant outcome on CO2E. Again, the Granger-causality output for Gambia in same Table 4 indicates a significant unidirectional causal impact of RGDP on CO2E with a p-value of 0.0062 at the 5% level. While, the results for Liberia show that there is no significant causal impact of PGDP and RGDP on CO2E at 0.05 confidence level. Hence, economic activity levels in Liberia do not influence carbon emissions.

Overall, the panel Granger-causality test result in Table 4 indicates that population per gross domestic product (PGDP) exerts a significant impact on CO2E in a unidirectional fashion with a probability of 0.0192 at a confidence level of 5% for the panel series. Also, PGDP exerts unidirectional significant impact with a p-value of 0.0082 on carbon emissions at a confidence level of 5%. However, RGDP indicates an insignificant causality impact on carbon emissions.

Decision: The panel regression tests show a significant p-value of 0.0021 of RGDP on CO2E with a significant unidirectional causality. We thus accept the alternative hypothesis that RGDP and PGDP (measuring growth in the economy) exerts a significant impact on CO2E in selected West African countries in the short run.

4.2.2 Restatement of hypothesis 2

H2.

Economic growth does not show significant outcome on emissions of carbon gas in the selected study areas in the long run.

H3.

Economic growth does show significant outcome on emissions of carbon gas in the selected study areas in the long run.

4.2.2.1 Cointegration results

Comments: Results in Table 5 indicate a long-run impact for Ghana with two cointegrating vectors at 0.05% level of confidence and two cointegration vectors between RGDP/PGDP and carbon gas emissions in Niger at same 0.05 confidence level. Similarly, results for Senegal using autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) econometric tests show three cointegrating vector between RGDP/PGDP and CO2E at the 5% chosen level of confidence.

Also, the cointegration test result in Table 5 reveal the existence of eight cointegrating equations at the 0.05 significant level for Nigeria. The cointegration test result for Gambia, revealed the existence of two cointegrating relationships in the panel series at the 0.05 significant level. Again, the cointegration test result for Liberia, displayed the existence of two cointegrating relationships in the panel series at 0.05 level.

Overall, the results in the panel cointegration for the selected samples in Table 5 revealed eight cointegrating vectors in the panel series with highly significant p-values at the chosen 5% confidence level.

Decision: We thus accept the alternative hypothesis to reject the null hypothesis that there is high level of cointegration impact of economic growth measured by RGDP on carbon emissions in the selected sample of the West Africa sub-region of the African continent.

4.2.3 Diagnostic testing – heteroskedasticity test

The residual's null of the panel series assumes that the probability values of the panel series is significant if less than 5% level, and it is not heteroskedastic. Hence, from Table 6, the p-value of 0.0000 for the panel series residual indicates the absence of heteroskedasticity.

4.3 Discussion of findings

The results of this investigation that studied the economic growth impact as measured by PGDP and real gross RGDP on CO2E in selected West African countries including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia and Liberia from 1980 to 2019 using various econometric methods such as panel least square, Granger-causality and cointegration. The result for the hypothesis one, revealed that for the pooled studies, economic growth had positively significant outcome on carbon gas emissions and PGDP and RGDP, both Granger-caused carbon emissions; these outcomes were only contributed by countries three countries including Niger, Nigeria and Gambia while the other countries of selection showed an insignificant Granger-causality impact. The outcome of this test agrees with the literature and theoretical studies of Simon-Steinmann's population push model. The result of this findings is further corroborated by the outcome of Saidi and Hammami (2015) as well as Bismark and Li (2018).

The second hypothesis was to ascertain whether the studied impact was significant in the long-run, using pooled and individual country cointegration tests. The pooled result showed the existence of long-run impact of growth in the economy on carbon gas emissions in the selected study area. The trace and maximum-eigen value tests show eight cointegrating vectors in the pooled result, and this outcome was contributed by all the sampled country. Again, these results is supported by the literature studies, theory by Simon-Steinmann and the outcome of Saidi and Hammami (2015) and also with Kais and Ben Mubarak (2017).

4.4 Policy implications

This study brings to the fore the global warming challenges associated with industrialization and development in emerging West African economies with the following implications;

  1. As population continues to increase in the sub-region, there will be serious incidence of uncontrollable growth in greenhouse emissions.

  2. Consequently, since a significant impact exists between the subject variables measured by GDP on carbon emissions, industrialization resulting from this growth will trigger increased carbon emissions destructive to human and animal health. Hence, this study has shown that a 1% rise in the RGDP will result to 3.11121% unit rise in carbon emissions.

  3. The above will ultimately negate the various United Nations agreements and conventions as well as efforts to reduce the incidence of greenhouse carbon emissions.

5. Conclusion

Based on the findings of this study, we conclude that economic growth demonstrates a positively significant impact on carbon gas emissions in both short-run and long-run periods in the selected West African countries.

Based on the above conclusion, we recommend the following actions:

  1. West African governments are advised to implement policies that will encourage the utilization of energy efficient facilities that emit low carbons and put in-place appropriate infrastructures and frameworks to support such policies. This includes establishment of energy efficient hydroelectric power generating plants, energy efficient waste and water treatment plants, etc.

  2. Governments of sub-continental region are admonished to set-up carbon trading hubs and institutions across industry and company lines as well as countries to ensure efficient management and trading in carbon emissions within specified thresholds while imposing appropriate sanctions for every excess.

Figures

Normality distribution

Figure 1

Normality distribution

Panel descriptive statistics

RGDPCO2EINFRPGDPENCSP
Mean3.04896714400.5911.253231.1108107.9080
Median3.5176281917.8417.432672535.98860.000000
Maximum15.32916131685.6122.87451.2910408.2541
Minimum−30.145130.000000−7.7966420.0000000.000000
Std. dev.4.62180329879.9616.480711.1909133.1158
Skewness−2.1850932.4534383.38194910.630810.752006
Kurtosis15.366987.97021619.25065114.01592.031844
Jarque–Bera1663.059471.54462995.062123507.030.92735
Probability0.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.000000
Sum707.36033340936.2610.7492.581025034.65
Sum sq. dev.4934.4062.061162742.773.292040932.76
Observations232232232232232

Source(s): Author's E-views 10 computation

Levin, Lin and Chu Panel unit root test

VariableADF statisticI, P and S statisticProbabilityIntegration level
CO2E−6.4111−6.73170.0000I(1)
PGDP−2.5130−5.77110.0060I(1)
RGDP−12.0803−15.64280.0000I(1)
INFR−9.5943−10.48530.0000I(1)
ENCSP−3.32964−10.6050.0004I(1)

Source(s): Author's E-views 10 computation

Panel regression

Dependent variable: RGDP
Method: Panel least squares
Date: 04/26/21 Time: 16:23
Sample (adjusted): 1985 2013
Periods included: 29
Cross-sections included: 6
Total panel (balanced) observations: 174
VariableCoefficientStd. errort-statisticProb.
C2.2338080.4454215.0150430.0000
CO2E(2)3.1112059.9601063.1211630.0021
INFR(-5)0.0028750.0175950.1634260.8704
ENCSP(2)0.0072790.0024183.0102540.0030
PGDP(6)4.0501102.2010101.8412050.0673
R-squared0.120587Mean dependent var.3.666237
Adjusted R-squared0.099772SD dependent var.4.189622
SE of regression3.975127Akaike info criterion5.626305
Sum-squared resid2670.476Schwarz criterion5.717082
Log likelihood−484.4885Hannan–Quinn criter.5.663130
F-statistic5.793405Durbin–Watson stat.1.797694
Prob(F-statistic)0.000215

Source(s): Author's E-views 10 computation

Granger-causality result table

Null hypothesisObsF-statisticProb.
Panel granger (PG) causality tests
ENCSP does not influence CO2E2180.401980.6695
CO2E does not influence ENCSP0.276630.7586
PGDP does not influence CO2E2184.026510.0192
CO2E does not influence PGDP0.443680.6423
RGDP does not influence CO2E2180.985640.3749
CO2E does not influence RGDP0.550460.5775
PGDP does not influence ENCSP2284.910560.0082
ENCSP does not influence PGDP0.301810.7398
Sample country's causality results
Granger causality tests (Niger)
ENCSP does not influence CO2E351.536800.2315
CO2E does not influence ENCSP2.047300.1467
PGDP does not influence CO2E354.727520.0164
CO2E does not influence PGDP1.507960.2377
RGDP does not influence CO2E350.839560.4418
CO2E does not influence RGDP0.908750.4138
Granger causality tests (Senegal)
ENCSP does not influence CO2E350.683310.5126
CO2E does not influence ENCSP4.109830.0265
PGDP does not influence CO2E353.013280.0642
CO2E does not influence PGDP0.951130.3976
RGDP does not influence CO2E380.462540.6337
CO2E does not influence RGDP0.062030.9400
Granger causality tests (Ghana)
ENCSP does not influence CO2E385.818230.0068
CO2E does not influence ENCSP2.627280.0873
PGDP does not influence CO2E380.077230.9258
CO2E does not influence PGDP0.420550.6602
RGDP does not influence CO2E381.989670.1528
CO2E does not influence RGDP0.470250.6290
Granger causality tests (Nigeria)
ENCSP does not influence CO2E3712.07870.0001
CO2E does not influence ENCSP0.449140.6421
PGDP does not influence CO2E371.004280.3776
CO2E does not influence PGDP4.253930.0230
RGDP does not influence CO2E371.088300.3489
CO2E does not influence RGDP0.073500.9293
Granger causality tests (The Gambia)
PGDP does not influence CO2E341.322000.2822
CO2E does not influence PGDP0.320270.7285
RGDP does not influence CO2E346.095100.0062
CO2E does not influence RGDP1.603040.2186
PGDP does not influence ENCSP370.779650.4671
ENCSP does not influence PGDP6.296350.0049
RGDP does not influence ENCSP370.251640.7791
ENCSP does not influence RGDP0.788870.4630
Granger causality tests (Liberia)
ENCSP does not influence CO2E350.683310.5126
CO2E does not influence ENCSP4.109830.0265
PGDP does not influence CO2E353.013280.0642
CO2E does not influence PGDP0.951130.3976
RGDP does not influence CO2E351.038540.3663
CO2E does not influence RGDP2.870930.0723

Source(s): Author's E-views 10 computation

Cointegration results

PANEL COINTEGRATION RESULT
Series: CO2E ENCSP INFR PGDP RGDP
Sample: 1980 2019
Included observations: 240
Unrestricted rank tests (Trace and maximum eigenvalue)
HypothesizedFisher stat.* Fisher stat.*
No. of CE(s)(from trace test)Prob.(from max-eigen test)Prob.
None100.40.000063.420.0000
At most 155.410.000035.620.0001
At most 227.630.002115.170.1259
At most 321.130.020217.370.0665
At most 419.340.036119.340.0361
SAMPLE COUNTRY COINTEGRATION OUTCOME
Niger
Unrestricted rank tests (Trace)
Hypothesized Trace0.05
No. of CE(s)EigenvalueStatisticCritical valueProb.**
None *0.59793884.5667269.818890.0021
At most 1*0.54372152.6764847.856130.0165
Trace test shows two cointegration vectors at 0.05 level
Senegal
Dependent variable: CO2E
Method: ARDL
Sample (adjusted): 1984 2016
Dynamic regressors (four lags, automatic): ENCSP INFR PGDP RGDP
Number of models evaluated: 2500
Selected model: ARDL(1, 2,)
VariableCoefficientStd. errort-statisticProb.*
ENCSP−2.6930062.085471−1.2913180.2161
ENCSP(-1)7.4044632.4835452.9814090.0093
PGDP0.2744361.1607020.2364400.8163
PGDP(-1)−4.3393121.610085−2.6950820.0166
PGDP(-2)5.9014311.2328844.7866890.0002
RGDP160.369956.062742.8605440.0119
Ghana
Unrestricted rank tests (Maximum eigenvalue)
Hypothesized Max-Eigen0.05
No. of CE(s)EigenvalueStatisticCritical valueProb.**
None * 0.83390868.2180233.876870.0000
At most 1 * 0.71289747.4208027.584340.0000
Max-eigenvalue test shows two cointegration vectors at 0.05 level
Nigeria
Unrestricted rank tests (Maximum eigenvalue)
Hypothesized Max-eigen0.05
No. of CE(s)EigenvalueStatisticCritical valueProb.**
None *0.63651137.4442533.876870.0179
At most 1 *0.54525329.1565227.584340.0312
At most 4 *0.1105874.3361763.8414660.0373
Max-eigenvalue test shows three cointegrating vectors at 0.05 level
Gambia
Unrestricted rank tests (Maximum eigenvalue)
Hypothesized Max-Eigen0.05
No. of CE(s)EigenvalueStatisticCritical valueProb.**
None *0.75766048.1920533.876870.0005
Max-eigenvalue test shows 1 cointegrating vector at 0.05 level
Liberia
Unrestricted rank tests (Maximum eigenvalue)
Hypothesized Max-Eigen0.05
No. of CE(s)EigenvalueStatisticCritical valueProb.**
None *0.63078534.8731933.876870.0379
Max-eigenvalue test shows one cointegrating vector at 0.05 level

Source(s): Author's E-views 10 computation

Heteroskedasticity output

Panel cross-section heteroskedasticity LR test
Null hypothesis: Residuals are homoscedastic
Equation: UNTITLED
Specification: CO2E C ENCSP(-4) PGDP(-2) RGDP INFR(3)
ValuedfProbability
Likelihood ratio934.559560.0000
LR test summary
Valuedf
Restricted LogL−2255.187193
Unrestricted LogL−1787.907193

Source(s): Author's E-views 10 computation

Appendix

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the management of King Khalid University Saudi Arabia for a thorough double blind peer review journal as the Journal of Money and Business and the opportunity to publish in it at no charge.

Also, the authors wish to state that they have not received any funding from any organisation to write or publish this journal.

Corresponding author

Richard Osadume can be contacted at: dr.rcosadume@gmail.com

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