Domestic awareness of sustainable measures to reduce society’s carbon footprint and the effect of the economic recession on their implementation

Smith, Elliot (2010) Domestic awareness of sustainable measures to reduce society’s carbon footprint and the effect of the economic recession on their implementation. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    With the drive for individuals to lead more sustainable lives, the downgrading of vehicles that emit high levels of greenhouse gases is already evident, however, another often overlooked significant emitter of everyday life is domestic properties. The domestic energy sector produces 13% of total UK emissions which rose 3% in 2008. The poor efficiency of the UK’s housing stock is a large contributor to this. Little is being done to reduce the impact this sector has on the environment. Scientific research has confirmed the existence of climate change and that we all therefore need to do more to reduce the threat of climate change. The purpose of this paper is to examine the awareness of domestic sustainable measures to reduce carbon emissions and the effect the current global economic recession has had on their implementation. A literature review covers the need for domestic users to live more sustainable lives by introducing the threat of global warming. The UK government has created various legislations in order to reduce the threat of global warming. The literature review goes on to discuss the sustainable measures and modifications that are available to domestic users and also the effect of the global economic recession on the UK. The primary research was conducted through three methods. Firstly a questionnaire was primarily focused on residents in order to ascertain their awareness of sustainability, the measures to reduce their domestic carbon footprint and the effect the recession has had on their lives. A secondary questionnaire focused on property professionals who themselves provide services to implement sustainable measures. This gave an opinion on the how the business climate has developed during the global recession. Thirdly an interview backed up the findings from the two questionnaires. The interviewee was a key player who had an in-depth knowledge of domestic energy efficiency and assessment. The interview gave an in depth opinion on the sustainable measures available to residents and the barriers on their implementation. These findings coupled with the two questionnaires allowed the triangulation of findings to give an accurate opinion on the awareness of residents on the sustainable measures available to them and the effect of the recession on the implementation of these measures.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1009

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