Translating global integrated assessment model output into lifestyle change pathways at the country and household level

Clare Hanmer, Charlie Wilson, Oreane Y. Edelenbosch, Detlef P. van Vuuren

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Countries’ emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement have significant implications for lifestyles. National planning to meet emission targets is based on modelling and analysis specific to individual countries, whereas global integrated assessment models provide scenario projections in a consistent framework but with less granular output. We contribute a novel methodology for translating global scenarios into lifestyle implications at the national and household levels, which is generalisable to any service or country and versatile to work with any model or scenario. Our 5Ds method post-processes Integrated Assessment Model projections of sectoral energy demand for the global region to derive energy-service-specific lifestyle change at the household level. We illustrate the methodology for two energy services (mobility, heating) in two countries (UK, Sweden), showing how effort to reach zero carbon targets varies between countries and households. Our method creates an analytical bridge between global model output and information that can be used at national and local levels, making clear the lifestyle implications of climate targets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1650
Issue number5
Early online date23 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


  • Climate change mitigation
  • Integrated assessment
  • Lifestyle
  • LTES
  • Scenarios

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