GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 2233-2242.doi: 10.11821/yj2010120012

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Research on the eco-environment effect of industrial development in city group: A case of Wuhan City Group

LIN Xue-qin1, FANG Chuang-lin2   

  1. 1. College of Resources Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2010-01-05 Revised:2010-09-28 Online:2010-12-20 Published:2010-12-20

Abstract:

As the eco-environment problem in city group becomes more serious and the eco-environment constraint becomes more obvious, the effect of industrial development on eco-environment is receiving more and more attention. Based on the previous research, taking resources utilization and environment influence as an important factor, the paper constructs the eco-environment influence coefficient of industrial branches and the eco-environment influence index of industrial structure, and quantitatively evaluates the eco-environment effect of industrial development in Wuhan City Group from 1997 to 2006. Results show that: in 1997~2006, the scale of industry in Wuhan City Group expanded continuously, the proportion of light industry dropped and the heavy industry increased, and the high-tech industries developed rapidly. The eco-environment influence index of industrial structure dropped first and rose later. The index in all cities kept increasing except Wuhan city. The index in different cities varied greatly with Tianmen being lowest and Huangshi highest. However, the relative difference was enlarged at first and then narrowed. The spatial differentiation of the eco-environment influence index of industrial structure tended to be apparent, the effect of industrial development on eco-environment were prominent especially in Huangshi, Ezhou and Huanggang. The industrial growth in cities presented an unsustainable development pattern except Wuhan City. Accordingly, the paper presents the proposals to promote resource-saving and environment-friendly society construction in Wuhan City Group, including strictly controlling the development of high energy consumption or heavy pollution industry, widely applying advanced technologies to upgrade traditional industries, extending the industry chain and making great effort to develop circular economy.

Key words: industrial development, eco-environmental effect, Wuhan City Group