The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has commissioned AECOM (along with partners Sustainability West Midlands, London Climate Change Partnership, Sniffer and Climate Northern Ireland) to undertake research to help understand how behaviour change can influence climate change risks and opportunities. This is one of five pieces of research commissioned by the ASC to inform the next version of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, which is due for release in 2022. Key research questions include:
- What are the observed behaviours different groups adopt in anticipation of a climate-related impact, or when they experience a climate-related impact?
- What are the observed behaviours different groups adopt in anticipation of, or when they experience a climate change opportunity or benefit?
- What factors have been shown to / are likely to influence these behaviours?
- What impact do these behaviours have on the resulting net impact from the event? Is the effect always likely to be constant, for example given the different size of potential future impacts under global temperature rises of 2°C and 4°C?
- Could those behaviours that are effective in reducing risk be further incentivised and by which interventions?