The House of Lords’ environment and climate change committee published a report on behaviour change and environmental goals today (12 October), for which they took evidence from 146 organisations including businesses, local authorities, charities and think tanks.
According to the report, nearly a third (32%) of emission savings by 2035 “must come from people changing their behaviours” to meet the government’s net-zero targets.
The government must help the public to reduce carbon- and resource-intensive consumption in diets, products, services and travel, the committee says. It claims: “The government’s reluctance to reduce freedom of choice means we are not making the progress at the speed we need.”
Among these, the committee calls on the government to launch a public engagement campaign to help people to adopt new technologies and reduce consumption.