Household-level transition methodology towards sustainable material footprints

Senja Laakso*, Michael Lettenmeier

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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This paper presents a new household-level methodology for transition towards sustainability. The methodology includes measuring the resource use of households on a micro level, testing relevant measures towards a one-planet resource use, and developing mainstreaming options in co-operation with households and providers of services, products, and infrastructures. We use the MIPS (Material Input Per unit of Service) method to calculate the use of natural resources and concentrate on the material footprint as an aggregated indicator for the overall use of material resources. With HST (Household-level Sustainability Transition) methodology, we extend the material footprint methodology from just measuring household resource use to developing visions, conducting experiments, as well as learning and upscaling, all of which contribute to the whole Transition-Enabling Cycle. Results from the first application of the HST methodology on five households in Jyväskylä, Finland, show that it is possible to achieve a significantly more sustainable level of consumption by a relatively few changes in everyday living. Achieving a one-planet use of material resources, however, also requires systemic changes.

JulkaisuJournal of Cleaner Production
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 1 syyskuuta 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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