What is a 1.5ºC Lifestyle?
IPCC’s special report on global warming, launched in 2018, emphasized that in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C or below, we should achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To achieve this ambitious target, CO2 emissions reductions across both production and consumption of resources are crucial.
In 2019, IGES led a seminal report on lifestyles based on carbon footprint budgets of 2.5 (tCO2e) in 2030, 1.4 by 2040, and 0.7 by 2050, compatible with limiting global warming below 1.5°C. Lifestyles that meet the target are “1.5°C Lifestyles”.
The 1.5°C Lifestyles strive to reduce carbon footprints across housing, food, mobility, leisure, consumer goods and services, simultaneously. These six domains account for over 75% of individuals’ carbon emissions and hence their footprint, and are key to achieving a transition to a sustainable and more fulfilling society.
Future Lifestyles Project
The ‘Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments’ project, 2019-2021 is a demonstration project implemented under the United Nations’ One Planet network and funded by the Government of Japan through its contribution to the 10YFP Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This project is led by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, in collaboration with the following partner organisations.
Project Implementation Partners
- Akatu Institute, Brazil
- Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
- ICLEI Africa, South Africa
- Swechha, India
Communications and Outreach Partners
- Hot or Cool Institute, Germany
- ICLEI Japan
- Science Communication and Research Institute (SCRI), Japan
- D-mat, Finland
- National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan