Environment and Climate Change Committee
In our hands: behaviour change for climate and environmental goals

1st Report of Session 2022-23 - published 12 October 2022 - HL Paper 64



Key messages in this report

Chapter 1: Introduction

Our inquiry

Structure of this report

Chapter 2: Behaviour change: why, what and who

Why is behaviour change needed?

Figure 1: Average lifestyle carbon footprints by consumption domain

What kinds of behaviour change are needed?

Figure 2: Abatement by person/organisation making decisions in Sixth Carbon Budget

Table 1: Abatement from top 20 actions requiring consumer engagement in the Sixth Carbon Budget

Who needs to change behaviour?

Chapter 3: Current position of the public



Appetite for change

Behavioural trends

Tracking public attitudes and behavioural trends

Chapter 4: Theories, drivers and levers of change

Theories, models and drivers of behaviour

Levers of change

Chapter 5: Learning from other policy areas

Smoking, obesity and pensions

Corporate influence

COVID-19 pandemic

Chapter 6: Delivering behaviour change in partnership

Civil society: community groups, charities and faith groups

Box 1: Examples of civil society action

Local government

Box 2: Examples of local authority action


Box 3: Examples of business action

Devolved governments and administrations

Chapter 7: Challenges and opportunities in key behaviour change areas



Energy use at home

What we buy

Chapter 8: Communications, public engagement and education


The information environment

Public engagement


Chapter 9: The Government’s approach and role

The Government’s overall approach

Coordination within Government

Coordination of other actors

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: High-level summary of engagement activity in this inquiry

Appendix 5: Minutes of proceedings on the report

Appendix 6: Glossary

Evidence is published online at https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1621/mobilising-action-on-climate-change-and-environment-behaviour-change/publications/ and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 3074).

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.

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