Quantifying the potential for consumer-oriented policy to reduce European and foreign carbon emissions

 

 

The EU Carbon-CAP project assembled a comprehensive portfolio of consumer initiatives in order to assess the potential total impact of consumer options on national carbon footprints. Existing evaluations of behavioural change have focused primarily on direct energy reductions, typically in households and buildings. However, changes in consumer demand have deeper impacts via their upstream supply chains.

 

 

The consumer behaviour options considered in the portfolio focus on green household initiatives. Combining existing micro-level studies with a multiregional input-output economic model, we estimated the potential efficacy and uptake of each behaviour across the European Union (EU). The results suggest that adopting these consumer options could reduce carbon footprints by approximately 25%. While 75% of this is delivered as reductions in emissions within Europe, one-quarter of the effect is delivered as a reduced imported carbon footprint, due to changes in the composition of imports.

 

 

Key policy insights

  • Consumer initiatives can have a big effect on embodied carbon imports, in addition to domestic impacts
  • We connect a portfolio of ∼90 green behaviour changes to a global supply chain database to model impacts holistically
  • We estimate that with reasonable levels of adoption green consumer actions can reduce the EU CO2 footprint by 25%
  • A quarter of this effect is delivered in the form of reduced embodied emissions in imports

 

 

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International Day of Forests 2019

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2019 is Forests and Education.

 

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Welcome to our new partner the Earth and Life lnstitute of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)!!!

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CBFP Mission to Libreville: Minister of State François Xavier de Donnea discusses with technical and financial partners

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CBFP Mission to Libreville: Facilitator meets with Gabon’s private sector

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