Low-carbon lifestyle options and impactful structures to support them

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After a three-step research process, the EU 1.5° Lifestyles project team listed 50 research-based and relevant options for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, keeping the 1.5-degree goal of the Paris Agreement in mind. The options are sorted into 5 lifestyle areas (nutrition, mobility, housing, leisure, other), and show a wide variety of levels of how households can impact their carbon emissions. To increase their use, the project team decided to present 13 of these options on a weekly basis on the project social media channels one by one to help people achieve 1.5-degree lifestyles, and inspire the change & footprint reduction with concrete ideas and information. But our first weekly campaign is coming to an end soon and we are ready for the next one!

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Figure 1: One of the 13 individual options from the campaign

Since our project clearly articulates where limited agency by households requires structural changes, the next campaign will be about the 7 most impactful structures that were identified through a systematic literature review, a delphi ranking process, and a large number of expert interviews. Our findings show that transforming these seven structures is central for enabling the mainstreaming of 1.5-degree lifestyles. In order to shed some light on the links between individual behaviour and structural changes, we will provide some information and examples how one lifestyle option can connect to certain structures and how structures can influence the individual actions.

Figure 2: Icons of the 7 structures

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Eszter Csiki, GreenDependent Institute

Source of pictures: EU 1.5° Lifestyles consortium partners ©