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Reports & guides | 9 December 2020

Communicating lifestyle change (chapter in the UNEP Emissions Gap Report)

We’re proud to have coordinated and lead-authored a chapter in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report (EGR) 2020. It’s the first time the EGR has included a focus on lifestyle changes (or ‘consumption emissions’) as part of its analyses of the emissions gap – that is, the difference between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goals.


Climate change is everyone’s problem, but who should do something about it? Individuals changing their lifestyles, or governments leading the way? It’s not one or the other – we need both. Lifestyle change and system change are two sides of the same coin. This is one of the key messages of our chapter – funded by the KR Foundation – and our launch blog.

Don’t have time to read the full chapter? You can see key highlights in the video above, on our animated webpage, in the webinar recording below, or in a briefing produced by our partners at the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST).

This chapter has received extensive media coverage including in the BBC, the Washington Post, CBS News, Vox and Climateworks.

The full UNEP Emissions Gap 2020 report is available here.

The chapter’s lead authors – our researcher Dr Susie Wang, Dr Stuart Capstick from CAST, and Dr Radhika Khosla from University of Oxford – share key insights and recommendations in the webinar recording below.

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