Low Carbon Readiness Index

A short measure to predict private low carbon behaviour

Léan V. O'Brien, Julia Meis, Rebekah C. Anderson, Stephanie M. Rizio, Michael Ambrose, Gordana Bruce, Christine R. Critchley, Paul Dudgeon, Peter Newton, Garry Robins, Yoshihisa Kashima

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Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical argument that low carbon strivings – personal goals to reduce carbon footprint in the household – can predict a wide range of diverse behaviours to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reports four studies to validate Low Carbon Readiness Index (LCRI), a short, three-item measure of low carbon strivings. It is a simple and easy-to-use indicator of the general public's readiness to transition to a fully low carbon lifestyle. LCRI is associated with validated measures predicting environmentally significant reported behaviour (Study 1), multiple low carbon behavioural clusters (Study 2 & 3), and predicts reduction in actual energy use, arguably an aggregate measure of actual low carbon behaviours (Study 4). LCRI can be used to develop low carbon policies and monitor their implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-44
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
Volume57
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Environmental behaviour
  • Low carbon
  • Behavioural cluster
  • Goal

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O'Brien, Léan V. ; Meis, Julia ; Anderson, Rebekah C. ; Rizio, Stephanie M. ; Ambrose, Michael ; Bruce, Gordana ; Critchley, Christine R. ; Dudgeon, Paul ; Newton, Peter ; Robins, Garry ; Kashima, Yoshihisa. / Low Carbon Readiness Index : A short measure to predict private low carbon behaviour. In: Journal of Environmental Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 57. pp. 34-44.
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Low Carbon Readiness Index : A short measure to predict private low carbon behaviour. / O'Brien, Léan V.; Meis, Julia; Anderson, Rebekah C.; Rizio, Stephanie M.; Ambrose, Michael; Bruce, Gordana; Critchley, Christine R.; Dudgeon, Paul; Newton, Peter; Robins, Garry; Kashima, Yoshihisa.

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