This study introduces and develops an approach to establishing lifestyle carbon footprints: greenhouse gases directly emitted during and indirectly induced by household consumption. The per-capita targets of lifestyle carbon footprints by 2030-2050 are established, the gaps between the current footprint and targets were examined by case studies on Finland and Japan, in addition to China, Brazil, and India. and various options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints are evaluated.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Buildings and construction, Energy

Type of initiative
Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Start date
01/05/2018

End date
28/02/2019

Objectives

- To establish per-capita targets of lifestyle carbon footprints in compatible with the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Agreement
- To estimate the current footprint of the case study countries and understand the gaps
- To examine the low-carbon lifestyle options and highlight the potential contribution of low-carbon options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints

Activities

- Development of framework on 1.5-degree lifestyles
- Estimation of current lifestyle carbon footprints
- Review of emission scenarios and establishing targets
- Review of literature on low-carbon options and evaluating potential reduction in case countries

Impact and Results

- The per-capita targets of lifestyle carbon footprints were established
- The current lifestyle carbon footprints in case countries were estimated and the gaps and hot-spots were identified
- The low-carbon options were evaluated and the aggregated impacts of options were estimated