This ESRC-funded project analyses the distribution of CO2 emissions across UK households, using the Living Cost and Food Survey.
While there is an emerging consensus among politicians that radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are required to avoid dangerous climate change, the question of who will bear the burden of such policies generally receives less attention. Using the Living Cost and Food Survey, our research project aims to find out who emits most, by quantifying households' CO2 emissions and identifying determinants of emissions. Once we know more about households with low and high CO2 emissions, we can draw conclusions about the distributional impacts of CO2 reduction policies. This is of great relevance, first because this raises important issues of equity but also because addressing these issues is likely to make these policies more effective.
Given that we focus on three different sources of total household emissions (home energy, personal transport and consumption of all other goods and services), we may be able to derive distinct policy recommendations depending on the source targeted. This will be particularly relevant if it emerges that the emissions patterns are very different for different sources of CO2 emissions.
Milena Buchs (SSP) is principal investigator on this project. Co-investigators are Sylke Schnepf (Social Statistics) and Nick Bardsley (Economics, University of Reading). Research assistant: Frederico de Luca.
Value: £99,600. May 2011 – April 2012
Conferences and events associated with this project:
The workshop "Can Climate Policies Be Fair" took place on 5 July, at the Royal Statistical Society, London
The workshop was organised by Drs Milena Buchs, Sylke V. Schnepf (both from Southampton) and Nicholas Bardsley (University of Reading). At the workshop, the organisers presented results from their ESRC project “Who emits most? An analysis of UK households' CO2 emissions and their association with socio-economic factors”. Presentations from this project addressed the following questions: