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Case studies in low carbon living

Roy, Robin (2012). Case studies in low carbon living. In: Herring, Horace ed. Living in a Low Carbon Society in 2050. Energy, Climate and the Environment. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 95–120.

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Over two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries arise directly or indirectly from households. In the past 25 years a number of individuals, small communities and housing providers have attempted to radically reduce household carbon footoprints by a combination of technical innovations and lifestyle changes.

This chapter examines six British case studies of such experiments in low carbon living, mostly beyond the mainstream of households in industrial societies. The chapter concludes by comparing the case studies to identify the features they have in common and how they differ from each other in terms of household energy, water, food and material consumption, waste generation and community action.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISBN: 0-230-28225-3, 978-0-230-28225-4
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 32605
Depositing User: Robin Roy
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 16:50
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 20:46
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