Consumption-based carbon accounting: does it have a future?

Research article by Stavros Afionis, John Barrett, Andy Gouldson, Marco Sakai, Kate Scott on 23 Dec 2016

Internationally, allocation of responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is currently based on the production-based (PB) accounting method, which measures emissions generated in the place where goods and services are produced. However, the growth of emissions embodied in trade has raised the question whether we should switch to, or amalgamate PB accounting, with other accounting […]

Climate change mitigation in Chinese megacities: A measures-based analysis of opportunities in the residential sector

Research article by Andy Gouldson, Andrew Sudmant, Dabo Guan, Sarah Colenbrander, Q. Zhang on 23 Dec 2016

China’s commitment to the UNFCCC to peak its emissions by 2030, or sooner, signaled a long anticipated shift in China’s model of development with far reaching consequences. Cities in China, and particularly the residential sector in cities, will be charged with making significant reductions in emissions growth even as rates of urbanization continue to climb. […]

‘I prefer 30°’: business strategies for consumer messages to reduce carbon emissions; an empirical coevolutionary analysis

Working paper by Elizabeth Morgan, Tim Foxon, Anne Tallontire on 14 Dec 2016

A series of voluntary business initiatives have been taken in Western Europe since 1997 to persuade consumers to wash their clothes in cooler water. This would contribute to reducing carbon emissions, as well as saving money for consumers, but these initiatives have had limited success. This paper uses a coevolutionary framework (Murmann 2003, 2013; Foxon, […]

How green are green economists?

Research article by Stefano Carattini, Alessandro Tavoni on 7 Dec 2016

This paper analyzes the decision of “green” economists to participate in the carbon offset market, and how this decision is related with the views that these experts hold on offsets. … read more »

The Role of Microfinance in Household Livelihood Adaptation in Satkhira District, Southwest Bangladesh

Research article by Adrian Fenton, Jouni Paavola, Anne Tallontire on 4 Dec 2016

There is increasing interest in the potential of microfinance to foster climate change adaptation. However, existing literature over-relies upon theoretical arguments rather than empirical evidence, and until now the emphasis has been on potential positive linkages. We address these weaknesses by empirically examining the role of microfinance in adaptation, drawing from household-level quantitative and qualitative […]