Lifestyle change is an important demand-side measure for climate change mitigation. Referring to a reduction in the carbon footprint of individuals or households in various consumption areas, the mitigation potential of lifestyle change has been mostly assessed in top-down studies that assume a particular rate of demand change. However, whether these rates of change can be achieved or not, and under what conditions, is yet uncertain. In this project, I combine integrated assessment modelling with social simulation to investigate a feasible and effective rate of lifestyle change, and to identify the key drivers of such widespread lifestyle changes. I particularly use and extend the FeliX model.
The impacts of climate change involve slow-onset changes, extreme events and increasing systemic risks. EIT Climate-KIC takes a systems innovation approach to forging resilience, working with regional governments and city authorities in Andalusia (Spain), Nouvelle Aquitaine (France), the Dolomites area (Italy) and Glasgow (UK). I contribute to the project with demonstrations of participatory systems modelling activities and training local partners on system dynamics modelling.
Land-based negative emission technologies
Safe and scalable negative emission technologies (NETs), which actively remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and ensure long-term carbon sequestration will be needed to meet the Paris agreement, in addition to conventional climate change mitigation measures. Within the Imbalance-P project funded by ERC Synergy Grant 610028, I work with collaborators from the University of Antwerp to investigate the global mitigation potential and agricultural co-benefits of land-based NETs, particularly enhanced weathering. We use the FeliX model to explore various future scenarios.