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Engaging with energy reduction : does a climate change frame have the potential for achieving broader sustainable behaviour?

Spence, A. and Leygue, C. and Bedwell, B. and O'Malley, C. (2014) 'Engaging with energy reduction : does a climate change frame have the potential for achieving broader sustainable behaviour?', Journal of environmental psychology., 38 . pp. 17-28.

Abstract

Reducing energy use is key in meeting ambitious climate change targets being set around the world. This research considers the psychological impact, and potential for behavioural spillover, resulting from receiving energy information framed in terms of financial costs or the environment. We utilised an online tool in order to present undergraduate participants with an energy display simulation of their own energy use and presented energy use in terms of kilowatt-hours, carbon dioxide (CO2), or costs. Study 1 found increased motivations to save energy for climate change reasons and some indications that environmental behaviour might increase after participants received CO2 information compared to alternatives. Study 2 found that CO2 information increased climate change salience, which mediated effects observed on environmental behaviour intentions. Data suggest that highlighting climate change in relation to energy savings may be useful for promoting broader environmental behaviour.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.12.006
Publisher statement:© 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:14 March 2018
Date of first online publication:24 December 2013
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