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An evaluation of personal greenhouse gas calculators

Fuller, Robert 2006, An evaluation of personal greenhouse gas calculators, in Clean energy? Can do! : proceedings of Solar 2006, 44th Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 13 to 15 September 2006., ANZSES, Canberra, A.C.T, pp. 1-9.

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Title An evaluation of personal greenhouse gas calculators
Author(s) Fuller, Robert
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society. Conference (44th : 2006 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 13-15 September 2006
Title of proceedings Clean energy? Can do! : proceedings of Solar 2006, 44th Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 13 to 15 September 2006.
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher ANZSES
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T
Summary Personal greenhouse gas calculators (PGGC) are important tools to raise awareness of the impact of personal behaviour on carbon dioxide emissions. Per capita, Australians are the highest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world and the task for them to reduce emissions to sustainable levels will be particularly challenging. This paper reviews six PGGC promoted in Australia and evaluates them for their consistency. The emissions for an individual currently practicing a modest green lifestyle are calculated and compared. Emission calculations were found to differ by an order of magnitude in some cases. It was also found that users of PGGC are not adequately informed about the limitations of the calculators. The adoption of modest and radical green lifestyles reduced greenhouse gas emissions to 83% and 53% of the average Australian, indicating that behavioural changes by consumers alone will be insufficient to reduce emissions to sustainable levels.
Notes Deakin University gratefully acknowledges permission of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society to publish these papers
ISBN 0975065041
9780975065044
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, ANZSES
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005968

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