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ACT will examine Which climate policies are publicly acceptable, politically feasible and effective at ensuring emission cuts. Photo: REPOWERBalcombe, 10 10.

ACT will examine Which climate policies are publicly acceptable, politically feasible and effective at ensuring emission cuts. Photo: REPOWERBalcombe, 10 10.

ACT - From targets to action: public responses to climate policy instruments

ACT will establish the first scientifically based annual survey tracking Norwegians’ attitudes and actions in response to climate policy instruments.

To meet its GHG emission reduction targets, Norway will need to successfully implement many new policy instruments that change Norwegians’ behaviors.

ACT will increase our understanding of how individuals and households respond to these climate measures. We will provide recommendations on how to develop policy instruments that are both publicly acceptable and politically feasible, and effective at ensuring emission cuts.

  • How can new instruments be designed to achieve public acceptance and to reduce emissions?
  • What is the relevance of individual characteristics and contextual factors for responses to climate policy instruments?

Annual survey

We will establish a scientifically based annual survey tracking Norwegians' attitudinal and behavioral responses to climate policy instruments. The survey will include social and cultural dimensions such as beliefs, values and norms. It will continue after the project period, and be open access. The survey will be the first of its kind internationally. Developed in close collaboration with international and national expertise, the survey results will expand on existing knowledge, and provide a baseline against which changes in attitudes and behavior can be measured.

Data from the survey will be combined with experimental and qualitative studies to answer questions of both political and scientific importance. The project will also pre-test, evaluate and improve new and planned policy
instruments.

Co-designed by stakeholders

ACT will provide up-to-date insights to society including policy makers, businesses, and other actors that work to advance a sustainable green shift. These stakeholders will be involved in designing the research questions too.

The project received funding from the Norwegian Research Council.