Citizens’ sustainable, future-oriented energy behaviours in energy transition

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Vainio , A , Pulkka , A , Paloniemi , R , Varho , V & Tapio , P 2020 , ' Citizens’ sustainable, future-oriented energy behaviours in energy transition ' , Journal of Cleaner Production , vol. 245 , 118801 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118801

Title: Citizens’ sustainable, future-oriented energy behaviours in energy transition
Author: Vainio, Annukka; Pulkka, Anna; Paloniemi, Riikka; Varho, Vilja; Tapio, Petri
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2020-02-01
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Journal of Cleaner Production
ISSN: 0959-6526
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313637
Abstract: This study explored individuals' engagement in the sustainable energy transition in Finland. Using the attitude-behaviour-context model (Guagnano et al., 1995) and Stern's (2000) typology of environmentally significant behaviours, this study tested the assumption that individuals' engagement in transition is a combination of socio-psychological and contextual (socio-economic) variables and that the active engagement requires individuals to have a future orientation, systemic and self-efficacy, subjective knowledge and a pro-environmental attitude. The survey (N = 1012), representative of the 17-75-yearold Finnish population, was analysed with exploratory factor analysis and linear regression. The socio-psychological variables explained a larger portion of variance than the socio-economic variables in all three types of sustainable energy behaviours. The consideration of future consequences, self-efficacy and knowledge were positively associated with all three types of sustainable energy behaviours. Systemic efficacy was positively associated with and the consideration of immediate consequences was negatively associated with private-sphere environmentalism. The results suggest that individuals' consideration of the immediate and distant future should be included in the socio-psychological models of sustainable behaviours. The results also suggest that policymakers need to focus on strengthening citizens' efficacy beliefs, future orientation and knowledge. (C) 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Subject: 5200 Other social sciences
5144 Social psychology
Energy
Citizen
Knowledge
Self-efficacy
Systemic efficacy
Consideration of future consequences
ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR
SAVING BEHAVIORS
TIME PERSPECTIVE
CLIMATE-CHANGE
KNOWLEDGE
HOUSEHOLD
IMMEDIATE
CONSEQUENCES
CONSUMPTION
EFFICIENCY
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