Implications of the 1.5-degrees target for the resource use of lifestyles

Michael Lettenmeier, Mathis Wackernagel

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference contributionScientific


At current emission level, humanity would have used up their remaining carbon footprint budget from now to eternity within four years or less, when compared to the emissions compatible with keeping global warming within a limit of 1.5 °C. Therefore, zero net carbon lifestyles (for all) should be achieved well before 2050. These lifestyles have also to manage within the budgets of natural resources provided by the planet, e.g. in terms of land area and material resources available. This paper looks at such lifestyles under the premises of the 1.5 °C target and a sustainable level of resource use. "One-planet lifestyles" have been illustrated on relatively detailed level in studies on the Ecological Footprint and the Material Footprint. The paper illustrates the production and consumption features on the basis of the three footprint approaches. The paper discusses opportunities to achieve these one-planet lifestyles through measures related to production, infrastructure, and consumption. Opportunities in reducing the climate impact of food production and consumption are highlighted. Building new homes from wood instead of concrete to render buildings from carbon emitters to carbon sinks is another relevant option, or running public transport on low- or zero-carbon renewables. Pilot studies indicate that considerable reductions in households' footprints, particularly among high-income communities, are possible even in the short term and with increasing quality of life. A huge amount of solutions for decreasing footprints already exists. Investing in the right energy, transport, food and urban infrastructure, as well as addressing the size of humanity's population will therefore determine whether humanity will win or lose the race for sustainability.
OtsikkoWorld Resources Forum 2017 : Accelerating the Resource Revolution
AlaotsikkoMeeting Report
ToimittajatMaría Lucía Híjar
JulkaisupaikkaSt. Gallen
ISBN (elektroninen)978-3-906177-18-2
TilaJulkaistu - 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiB3 Ei-soviteltu artikkeli konferenssin julkaisusarjassa
TapahtumaWorld Resources Forum: Accelerating the Resource Revolution - Geneva, Sveitsi
Kesto: 24 lokakuuta 201725 lokakuuta 2017


ConferenceWorld Resources Forum

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