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The Challenges of Mitigating Climate Change Hidden in End-User Beliefs and Expectations

Faculty of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Gedimino Str. 50, LT-44239 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2616; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13052616
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published: 1 March 2021
This research explores the potential challenges of reducing climate change hidden in the personal and collective energy use-related beliefs and expectations of end users. The study proposes a new typology of social environments, using the concept of personal and collective efficacy, which is suitable for exploring the level and nature of the challenges of solving social problems that require engaging whole societies. We use empirical data from round eight of the European Social Survey, which covers more than 20 European countries, and we employ the basic statistical methods of descriptive statistics, linear correlation and population proportion. The findings suggest that the challenges to climate-change mitigation by changing energy-use behaviour could be hidden in contradictions between beliefs in personal and collective abilities to contribute and positive outcome expectations. This opportunity could be addressed by relevant policy measures, providing more evidence of positive outcomes, even from personal contributions, and developing suitable means for collective contributions to increase awareness and belief in collective engagement. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; self-efficacy; end-user; energy behaviour climate change; self-efficacy; end-user; energy behaviour
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Žigienė, G.; Rybakovas, E.; Gimžauskienė, E.; Gaidelys, V. The Challenges of Mitigating Climate Change Hidden in End-User Beliefs and Expectations. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2616. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13052616

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Žigienė G, Rybakovas E, Gimžauskienė E, Gaidelys V. The Challenges of Mitigating Climate Change Hidden in End-User Beliefs and Expectations. Sustainability. 2021; 13(5):2616. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13052616

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Žigienė, Gerda, Egidijus Rybakovas, Edita Gimžauskienė, and Vaidas Gaidelys. 2021. "The Challenges of Mitigating Climate Change Hidden in End-User Beliefs and Expectations" Sustainability 13, no. 5: 2616. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13052616

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