Modeling the carbon consequences of pro-environmental consumer behavior

Duarte R, Feng K, Hubacek K, Sanchez-Choliz J, Sarasa C, & Sun L (2015). Modeling the carbon consequences of pro-environmental consumer behavior. Applied Energy 184: 1207-1216. DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.09.101.

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Abstract

Households, as consumers of goods and services through their lifestyles and spending choices, drive evironmental change. Using a recent (2008) social and environmental survey of Spanish households, we evaluate the effects of improvements in environmental awareness, and of changes induced by regulations and carbon taxes. We consider these drivers of behavioral change for different income levels. A range of scenarios including the adoption of energy efficient appliances, modal shift to public transport, healthier diets, and the associated carbon emissions and job effects, are estimated using a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. Our results suggest that reductions in carbon dioxide, methane, and sulphur dioxide emissions may be compatible with increases in income and reductions in unemployment. Modal shift to public transport is shown as a successful economic and environmental policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CGE model; consumption patterns; emissions abatement; environmental behavior; rebound effect
Research Programs: Water (WAT)
Bibliographic Reference: Applied Energy; Article in press (Published online 16 June 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:52
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 07:16
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11268

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