Greenhouse gas emissions and subjective well-being: An analysis of Swedish households
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2014

In the contemporary discussion on society's transformation towards long-termclimate targets, it is often implicitly assumed that behavioral changes, unlike technological changes, would lead to reductions in human wellbeing. However, this assumption has been questioned by researchers, who instead argue that people may live better lives by consuming less and reduce their environmental impact in the process. In this study we explore the relationship between greenhouse gas emissions and subjective well-being, using a sample of 1000 Swedish respondents. Our results show that there is no strong link between an individual's emissions and subjectivewellbeing. We also analyze the relationship between specific emission-intensive activities and subjective well-being and find that none of the activities examined correlates with subjective well-being. Finally, we explore a hypothesis put forward in the literature, suggesting that a poor work-life balance, long commuting distances, and materialistic values may decrease individuals' subjective well-being and increase greenhouse gas emissions. Our results indicate that materialistic values do correlate with lower levels of well-being and to some extent also with higher greenhouse gas emissions.

Materialistic values

Subjective well-being

Household greenhouse gas emissions

Double dividends

Författare

David Andersson

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

Göteborgs universitet

Mistra Urban Futures

Jonas Nässén

Mistra Urban Futures

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

Göteborgs universitet

Jörgen Larsson

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

Göteborgs universitet

Mistra Urban Futures

John Holmberg

Göteborgs universitet

Mistra Urban Futures

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

Ecological Economics

0921-8009 (ISSN)

Vol. 102 75-82

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Klimatforskning

DOI

10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.03.018