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Modeling the Carbon Consequences of Pro-environmental Consumer Behavior

Duarte, Rose and Feng, Kuishuang and Hubacek, Klaus and Sánchez-Chóliz, Julio and Sarasa, Cristina and Sun, Laixiang (2016) 'Modeling the Carbon Consequences of Pro-environmental Consumer Behavior.' Applied Energy, 184. pp. 1207-1216.

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Abstract

Households, as consumers of goods and services through their lifestyles and spending choices, drive environmental 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: Articles
Keywords: environmental behavior, consumption patterns, emissions abatement; CGE model; rebound effect
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 03062619
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.09.101
Depositing User: Laixiang Sun
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2015 12:20
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21124

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