Eco-towns and lifestyle change: a study of the proposed Ford development

Miles, Craig (2009) Eco-towns and lifestyle change: a study of the proposed Ford development. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Climate change, housing needs and affordability of homes have led to the proposal of ecotowns throughout the United Kingdom. The UK has set targets to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80 per cent. Carbon dioxide contributes to around 77 per cent of the UK’s total greenhouse emissions. Emissions in the domestic sector contribute to around 27 per cent of this. The proposed eco‐towns seek to be zero carbon. The main aim of this report is to determine whether a change in lifestyle is required to make eco‐towns successful in meeting their operational requirements and to determine how willing the public are to make any changes that may be required. Research initially focused on global warming and the effects of climate change; the support for and against eco‐towns and consumer attitudes to housing preferences and sustainability. Further investigation involved a questionnaire survey which examined home owner attitudes to sustainable lifestyles and knowledge of energy use in the home. Interviews were also conducted with a range of groups including developers, action groups and an MP. After analysing all the collected data, conclusions and recommendations were made which shows that there has been a noticeable change in attitudes towards sustainable living. The public are aware of the need to change. However when it becomes inconvenient to be sustainable, such as using public transport over a car then people are not prepared to make lifestyle changes. If eco‐towns are to be a success, initiatives need to be put in place to make sustainable living a natural process.

    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

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