Quantifying the potential for consumer-oriented policy to reduce European and foreign carbon emissions

Moran, Daniel and Wood, Richard and Hertwich, Edgar and Mattson, Kim and Rodriguez, Joao F.D. and Schanes, Karin and Barrett, John (2018) Quantifying the potential for consumer-oriented policy to reduce European and foreign carbon emissions. Climate Policy. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1752-7457

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Abstract

The EU Carbon-CAP project assembled a comprehensive portfolio of consumer initiatives in order to assess the potential total impact of consumer options on national carbon footprints. Existing evaluations of behavioural change have focused primarily on direct energy reductions, typically in households and buildings. However, changes in consumer demand have deeper impacts via their upstream supply chains. The consumer behaviour options considered in the portfolio focus on green household initiatives. Combining existing micro-level studies with a multiregional input-output economic model, we estimated the potential efficacy and uptake of each behaviour across the European Union (EU). The results suggest that adopting these consumer options could reduce carbon footprints by approximately 25%. While 75% of this is delivered as reductions in emissions within Europe, one-quarter of the effect is delivered as a reduced imported carbon footprint, due to changes in the composition of imports.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is an output of the EU Carbon-CAP project funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme grant agreement number 603386.
Keywords: Carbon-CAP; MRIO; climate change policies; consumer behaviour
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2018 11:23
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/89000/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6742

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