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Low Carbon at Work: Modelling agents and organisations to achieve transition to a low carbon Europe

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265155

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 949 038,60

  • EU contribution

    € 1 493 421,60

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA

Spain

Objective

The project will provide a theoretically and empirically grounded analysis of everyday practices in the workplace, of the macro and micro-level processes which act as drivers for and constraints upon sustainable practices in different types of workplaces across different European countries, and the relationship between work and outside work practices.

These analyses will constitute the empirical basis for developing: agent-based models, which will provide a detailed account of barriers to and drivers for cooperation in transitioning to a low-carbon Europe; and back-casting scenarios, which will allow the mapping out of different pathways to a desirable, future low-carbon Europe. These results will be translated into detailed, articulated descriptions of how to encourage cooperative interaction to reach a sustainable Europe.

The project will focus on 6 European case studies of large-scale organizations operating under different national and international contexts and occupying different relevant positions in the sustainability debate (state and private). It will focus on three main categories of practices at work, responsible for the GHG emissions of each organization: consumption of materials and energy, generation of waste and waste management, and organization-related mobility. The project will follow a multi-method approach that will include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies (interviews, questionnaires, agent-based modelling etc.)

The findings will provide European policy makers with a more integrated understanding of how the workplace can become a crucial centre for engaging individuals, collectives (e.g., trade unions) and management in new sustainability practices, and with recommendations for context-sensitive policies that would enhance successful cooperation among agents in the transition to a low-carbon Europe.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA

Address

Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 304 039,80

Administrative Contact

Amalia Blanco Louro (Prof.)

Participants (6)

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 198 700,80

UNIVERSITATEA DE VEST DIN TIMISOARA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 198 600

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 198 699

THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 196 164

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 198 699

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 198 519

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265155

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 949 038,60

  • EU contribution

    € 1 493 421,60

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA

Spain