1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints

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February 2019
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

This report, 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints, analyses the carbon footprint of household lifestyles and how changes can contribute to meeting the ambitious 1.5-degree aspirational target envisaged by the Paris Agreement on climate change. Findings show that changes in consumption patterns and dominant lifestyles are a critical and integral part of the solutions package for addressing climate change. It analyses scientific emission scenarios and case studies from Finland, Japan, China, Brazil, and India, and proposes long-term targets for individuals’ lifestyle carbon footprints by 2030-2050, as well as low-carbon options that citizens and society can adopt.

The report fills a gap in the existing research by providing a unique analysis of potential implications of the Paris Agreement from a lifestyle perspective, whereas most existing studies predominantly focus on production- and technology-based solutions. 

As the report only covers the countries given above, similar studies can be expanded to other countries using the methodology, data sources, and results of estimation that are detailed in Annexes.

Brazil, China, Finland, India, Japan
Key search terms: 
targets, carbon footprint, emissions