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RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living

Project leader name: 
Professor Bruce Judd
Project status: 
Project period: 
10/2015 to 09/2016

This project looks to identify barriers different low income households face in reducing their carbon consumption. The research will help provide an evidence base for policymakers to encourage low carbon living in socioeconomically disadvantaged households across metropolitan and regional Australia.

The project will involve focus groups and interviews with lower income households in four states with different climatic zones as well as workshops with state agencies, major charitable organisations, and welfare peak bodies. It will identify day-to-day practices of households that can contribute to reducing carbon consumption, the financial and non-financial barriers to further carbon reductions by these households, and how policies may assist them to reduce their carbon consumption further.

Publications related to this project

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

Based on findings from focus group discussions with 164 lower income households and 18 stakeholders across 4 different climate zones in Australia, this paper reveals the barriers that lower income households face in improving their residential energy efficiency and in achieving low carbon living...

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This paper aims to address this gap by focussing on differences in climate conditions, local policies and quality of the housing stock across Australia and reflects on how these factors each played a role, to varying degrees, in the prevalence of energy poverty amongst lower-income households...

News Article

Research released by the CRC for Low Carbon Living has found that over the past two decades (1993–2012), low-income households and those caught in the housing affordability trap felt the brunt of energy costs...

News Article

A recent application for an eight-room boarding house in the leafy north Sydney suburb of Cromer attracted over 800 objections from...

News Article

The transition to a clean energy future is upon us, as shown by the huge uptake of solar panels and by the Turnbull government’s decision to set up a ...

Peer Reviewed Research Publications
This paper reports on tenure’s role in lower-income households’ experiences of energy deprivation and provides policy potentials in overcoming them.
Fact sheet

This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living.

CRCLCL Project Reports

This is the second and final report for the CRCLCL's research project RP3038, Lower income barriers to low carbon living.

CRCLCL Project Reports
This research identifies the financial and non-financial barriers that prevent lower income households from reducing their carbon consumption.
Presented at the International High- Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016