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Lifestyle Choices and Societal Behavior Changes as Local Climate Strategy

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  • Mohanty, Brahmanand

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Scherfler, Martin

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Devatha, Vikram

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

Abstract

The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing rapid economic growth. Along with rising incomes, the lifestyles of the large middle class are moving quickly towards a buy-and-discard consumer model that involves carbon-intensive products and services. This paper attempts to identify lifestyle changes at the individual level, and behavioral changes at the community level that could offer high carbon abatement potential. It also provides some good practices of public policies and policy recommendations that can be pivotal in making a business case of low-carbon and eco-efficient lifestyles, strengthening collective awareness, and influencing public decision-making in developing countries in Asia.

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  • Mohanty, Brahmanand & Scherfler, Martin & Devatha, Vikram, 2012. "Lifestyle Choices and Societal Behavior Changes as Local Climate Strategy," ADBI Working Papers 398, Asian Development Bank Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0398
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    Keywords

    local climate strategy; renewable resources; conservation; environmental management; environmental modeling;

    JEL classification:

    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q21 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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