Calculating carbon footprints
With over three quarters of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions attributable to households, persuading people to adopt environmentally-friendly lifestyles is crucial to tackling climate change. Yet most measures of the UK's carbon footprint focus on the sectors of the economy that produce emissions leading efforts to concentrate on changing producers' practices.
Against this trend, researchers from the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment (RESOLVE) have quantified how UK consumer purchasing decisions ultimately drive carbon emissions. The innovative approach has helped develop a business standard on carbon footprinting and raised awareness of how households can cut emissions.