Impact of public attitudes towards and awareness of micro-generation and home energy saving devices on government targets for CO2 emissions

Pateman-Jones, Edward (2009) Impact of public attitudes towards and awareness of micro-generation and home energy saving devices on government targets for CO2 emissions. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    As part of its drive towards sustainability the UK government have set ambitious targets for future reductions in carbon dioxide emisions. The domestic sector, is a key area where the government is concentrating its resources and is aiming to achieve its targets. This report seeks to investigate the success of government initiatives for encouraging the uptake of energy saving devices and micro-generation technologies within the domestic sector. Research initially focuses on climate change and sustainable development as a broad topic. This leads on to an investigation of the UK government's targets for carbon emission reductions, paying particular attention to government devised schemes and initiatives for improving energy efficiency within the UK's domestic sector. Existing research in to public attitudes towards climate change, micro-generation and home energy saving was also investigated in order to identify an appropriate area for study. The primary research, conducted through a questionnaire survey, investigated the perceptions of Portsmouth resident's towards climate change and home energy saving. This included a study into public attitudes towards micro-generation and home energy saving devices. Further investigation, was of the public's knowledge of financial grants and incentives and the main barriers affecting implementation. In conclusion, the results of the questionnaire survey indicated that the majority of the public were concerned for the environment, with the view that humans were responsible for increasing the speed of climate change and that this would affect them in the future. With only one micro-generation installation across all participants, clearly there are considerable barriers affecting levels of installation and further questioning showed that 'cost' and a low level of awareness of financial incentives were the main barriers. The particular social demographic sectors, which have low levels of inerest, understanding and awareness, were highlighted so as to assist in future advertising and incentive campaigns.

    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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