About the Conference

This conference explored the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation. Decreasing energy demand and promoting more sustainable consumption patterns are regarded as key elements for limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. However, the study of the lifestyle changes required for such purpose has received limited academic attention to date. As is tradition at ICTA-UAB, this conference brought together researchers from different academic disciplines to address and discuss the impacts, drivers and policies of low-carbon lifestyles. #ICTA2020 #LowCarbonLifestyles

Conference program
Book of abstracts
The Keynote Speakers
Session Recordings

About the Topic

Moving towards low-carbon lifestyles: a question of collective action

Our way of life must change if we want to avoid climate breakdown — but how much can we do as individuals? Ahead of the upcoming conference, Joël Foramitti, Lorraine Whitmarsh and Angela Druckman have outlined a roadmap.

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The Keynote Speakers

Lorraine Whitmarsh
Lorraine Whitmarsh
Professor of Environmental Psychology, and Director of the UK Centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST)

Angela Druckman
Angela Druckman
Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, and co-investigator in the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Céline Guivarch
Céline Guivarch
Professor of Climate Change Economics and Modelling at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and Lead Author for 6th IPCC Assessment Report.

Conference Themes


What are the social, economic, and psychological drivers of carbon-intensive lifestyles?

This theme aims to increase our understanding of why we choose certain lifestyles, and how our decisions depend on our social norms and institutions. Contributions using comparative approaches are also welcome, to highlight how the question of lifestyles differs between different social classes, countries and cultures.


What is the mitigation potential of different lifestyle changes?

This theme aims to quantify the environmental impact of different ways of living. We want to understand what changes matter most for a transition to a low-carbon society. We also invite contributions that investigate related problems of environmental accounting, the ‘rebound effect’, and environmental problem shifting.



How can low-carbon lifestyles be promoted through public policy?

The interest of the final theme is to analyze the impact of demand-side policies. We look for models and empirical research that examine the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of such policies, as well as other possible side-effects. Contributions focusing on political and public support or opposition of policies are also welcome.




Lorraine Whitmarsh – Mainstreaming low-carbon lifestyles

Social Interaction & Marketing


Social Values & Cultural Context


Mobility Behaviours

Angela Druckman – What have we learnt about sustainable lifestyles from C-19? A focus on jobs in health & social care


Lifestyle Scenarios


Carbon Footprints


Regional Impacts


Academic Practices

Céline Guivarch – The role of lifestyle changes in pathways compatible with climate change mitigation goals and development goals


Roadmaps & Visions


Effects of Climate Policies


Policy Experiments


Policy Acceptability

Thanks to everyone who helped organizing!

Verónica Arcas Pilz; Oriol Baeza Martinez; Jeroen van den Bergh; Rebekah Breding; Fulvia Calcagni; Esteve Corbera; Stefan Drews; Filippos Exadaktylos; Joël Foramitti; Xavier Gabarrell; Alexandra García Gutiérrez; Maite Jiménez Batista; Franziska Klein; Théo Konc; Isabel Lopera Martínez; Graham Mortyn; Nick Martin; Maica Nogales Malagón; Felipe Parada; Ivan Savin; Aljoša Slameršak; Ana Terra Maia; Patrizia Ziveri

About the Institute

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) is a multidisciplinary centre that promotes academic research and postgraduate education in the environmental sciences. It aims to improve our understanding of global environmental change, and the nature and causes of environmental problems. In addition, it studies policies, strategies and technologies to foster a transition to a sustainable economy.


This conference was funded by the ICTA-UAB “Maria de Maetzu’ Unit of Excellence (MDM2015-0552). We further acknowledge the support by the ERC advanced-grant project EVOCLIM: Behavioral-evolutionary analysis of climate policy (grant agreement 741087), a scholarship from “la Caixa” Foundation (ID 100010434, 258 LCF/BQ/IN17/11620039), and the Catalan governmental agency AGAUR.