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Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy

Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 972010141P
Pages 192
Language English only
Price $46.20
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Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010.


Did you know ...
  • Canadians and Mexicans use about twice as much water per person as their counterparts in France or the Czech Republic.
  • Households in Australia, Norway and Canada have on average more than 11 appliances. Koreans, Mexicans and Czechs have fewer than 8.
  • Globally, households are responsible for about 20% of all water consumed.
  • Owners, but not tenants, are inclined to invest in energy-efficiency measures such as better insulation. Encouraging landlords to ‘green’ their rental properties is possible, but could be expensive.
  • Canadians, Australians and Swedes recycle twice as many products as Czechs and Mexicans. In all countries, young people generate 10% more garbage than their parents, and small households twice as much per person as larger ones.
Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy presents the main results and policy implications of an OECD survey of more than 10,000 households in 10 countries: Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

It offers new insight into what policy measures really work, looking at what factors affect people's behaviour towards the environment in five areas: water use, energy use, personal transport choices, organic food consumption, and waste generation and recycling.

Household consumption patterns and behaviour have an impact on stocks of natural resources, environmental quality and climate change. Governments have introduced a variety of measures to encourage people to take into consideration the environmental impact of their purchases and practices. These may include environmentally related taxes, energy performance standards for homes, carbon dioxide emission labels for cars, and financial support to purchase solar panels, among others. Nevertheless, understanding and influencing household behaviour remains a challenge for policy makers.

Table of Contents:
  • List of Acronyms
  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1. Policies, Environmental Norms and Household Characteristics
  • Chapter 2. Residential Water Use
  • Chapter 3. Residential Energy Use
  • Chapter 4. Waste Generation, Recycling and Prevention
  • Chapter 5. Personal Transport Choices
  • Chapter 6. Organic Food Consumption
  • Chapter 7. Conclusions and Policy Implications
  • Annex A. Methodology and Project Implementation
  • Annex B. OECD Questionnaire
  • Annex C. Research Teams Involved in the 2008 OECD Household Survey Data Analysis
  • Annex D. Key Policy Issues Examined
Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy is an invaluable resource for all those interested by the challenging questions of what promotes "greener" lifestyles, from policy makers to individual citizens.

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