Low carbon lifestyles: A framework to structure consumption strategies and options to reduce carbon footprints

Schanes, Karin and Giljum, Stefan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4719-5867 and Hertwich, Edgar (2016) Low carbon lifestyles: A framework to structure consumption strategies and options to reduce carbon footprints. Journal of Cleaner Production, 139. pp. 1033-1043. ISSN 0959-6526

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There are many opportunities for consumers to design their lives more sustainably. While a rapidly growing body of literature has investigated how consumers can reduce carbon footprints in key con- sumption areas, such as food, housing and mobility, an overall framework that allows structuring those options across all consumption areas is still missing. Hence, this paper presents a novel and systematic framework to identify improvement options that promote climate change mitigation and structure them based on their primary mode of impact on GHG emissions. The framework targets consumer practices and focuses on ambitious, but technically and socioeconomically feasible strategies for consumers to lower their carbon footprint. Four major categories for reducing consumption-based emissions form the basic framework, which are then subdivided into behavioural strategies and sub-strategies. The practical application of the framework is illustrated by using food consumption as an example. Systematically identifying improvement options can advance a holistic understanding of the range of behavioural strategies targeting consumer choices that operate at different stages in the supply chain. It thus provides a starting point for addressing critical questions related to the role of consumers in supporting climate change mitigation. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research was financed by the European Commission under the FP7 project "Carbon-Cap" (Grant number 603386).
Keywords: Climate mitigation / Consumer behaviour / Practices / Food / Sustainable consumption / Sustainable lifestyles / Carbon footprints
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 08:30
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/78446/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5233


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