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New Publication: How can people better understand their environmental impacts: An introduction to lifestyle calculators

  • Published on May 5, 2020
Lifestyle calculators can help people (and organizations that work with people) understand lifestyle sustainability impacts. There is an increasing amount of lifestyle calculators available.

There is an increasing amount of lifestyle calculators available. How can people best navigate their use? To help clarify, the UN One Planet Network’s Consumer Information and Sustainable Lifestyles & Education Programmes, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and UN Environment Programme developed an overview paper explaining:

1) the context of planetary boundaries
2) how people make (sustainability) decisions
3) a summary of available types of lifestyle calculators, their strengths and weaknesses and representative examples


Download the overview paper from the One Planet network website here. The paper aims to guide interested individuals and organizations who want to communicate on individual lifestyle sustainability impacts. Providing available, accessible and reliable information is critical in enabling the transition to healthy and sustainable 1.5°C lifestyles and lifestyle calculators can be a valuable way to empower people with information to drive for more sustainable behaviour change.

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