Sustainable lifestyles and structures were hosted by the Joint Research Center

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Fig.1. Nadin Ozcelik presenting at the seminar hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in Seville

On 3 June, Nadin Ozcelik from the UDC team, our case country partner from Spain, shared a few preliminary findings from the EU 1.5° Lifestyles project in a seminar which was hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in Seville. Focusing on Spain as a case study, she outlined a few of the most promising lifestyle options to reach the target of less than 1.5°C increase in global temperatures.

Later she discussed the main structures which facilitate and hinder the adoption of low-carbon lifestyles with a special focus on Spain including overall lifestyle options. The most important enablers and barriers for each consumption area are also shared in line with the findings from the Spanish expert interviews. Nadin closed the presentation with some recommendations for a just and sustainable future based on the insights from the Spanish experts. 

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Fig.2. Cycling in Spain

The presentation lasted for one hour, including the Q&A session. The researchers from the JRC-Seville showed a great interest to the project, specifically they wondered how the project would contribute for just sustainability transitions, i.e. fair distribution of income under the alternative narratives like degrowth and the policy recommendations to include the vulnerable groups within the society. The researchers also asked that if the project would calculate the very budget to eliminate the structural barriers and provide structural factors to facilitate the sustainability transitions.

Nadin Ozcelik, UDC

Image source: Unsplash, Nadin Ozcelik