Reducing carbon emissions by households: the effects of footprinting and personal allowances

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Show simple item record Wallace, Andrew 2009-09-01T14:45:07Z 2009-09-01T14:45:07Z 2009
dc.description.abstract Nearly half of Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions result from the activity of households, both within the home and from personal transport. This research examines how the carbon dioxide emissions of households can be reduced, particularly through the calculation of carbon footprints and testing the public’s reaction to the concept of personal carbon allowances (PCAs). Two data collection stages were used - a postal survey providing quantitative data, followed by semi-structured interviews producing mainly qualitative data. The research was carried out in a largely rural district which is run by a council noted for its work on sustainable energy, Newark and Sherwood. The survey looked at PCAs as well as a variety of contemporary issues that might influence household footprints such as energy efficiency grants and information, as well as relationships with gas and electricity suppliers. Each interview involved the calculation of a household carbon footprint, the identification of measures to reduce it, and the gathering of attitudes about personal carbon allowances, in order to identify challenges and opportunities with respect to reducing household carbon emissions. Support for PCAs was higher than anticipated, and tended to be associated with those who were prepared to use public transport or cycle more, or were supportive of renewable energy in homes. Interviewees had much to say about individual carbon reducing measures. Opposition was associated with those who envisaged that they would be unlikely to sell carbon units. Regarding personal transport, long commutes were common, and the cost of public transport was of concern. Specific findings were made about domestic heating, insulation, lighting, refrigeration, water use, commuting, public transport, and rail as an alternative to short-haul flights. There was more interest in monetary savings than carbon savings. Recommendations about policy and regarding further research are made. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher De Montfort University en
dc.subject rationing en
dc.subject trading en
dc.subject PCA en
dc.subject PCT en
dc.subject attitudes en
dc.subject climate change en
dc.subject energy en
dc.subject energy efficiency en
dc.subject transport en
dc.subject carbon emissions en
dc.subject footprinting en
dc.subject personal carbon allowances en
dc.title Reducing carbon emissions by households: the effects of footprinting and personal allowances en
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en
dc.publisher.department Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en

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