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Effects of climate change policies on aviation carbon offsetting : a three-year panel study

Ritchie, Brent W.; Sie, Lintje; Gössling, Stefan LU and Dwyer, Larry (2019) In Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Abstract

Air travel is predicted to grow over the coming decades contributing to carbon emissions. Airlines have offered voluntary carbon offsetting for over a decade, yet less than 10% of air travellers purchase them. Previous studies ignore the broader policy or social context of sustainable transport and aviation offsetting. In a natural experiment, a panel of the same Australian residents was tracked over a three-year period before and after the historic COP21. A novel hierarchical model was also tested using Partial Least Squares SEM. Although behaviour specific attitudes and social norms were more influential at encouraging aviation carbon offsetting, global policy knowledge and effectiveness of climate change policies play an important... (More)

Air travel is predicted to grow over the coming decades contributing to carbon emissions. Airlines have offered voluntary carbon offsetting for over a decade, yet less than 10% of air travellers purchase them. Previous studies ignore the broader policy or social context of sustainable transport and aviation offsetting. In a natural experiment, a panel of the same Australian residents was tracked over a three-year period before and after the historic COP21. A novel hierarchical model was also tested using Partial Least Squares SEM. Although behaviour specific attitudes and social norms were more influential at encouraging aviation carbon offsetting, global policy knowledge and effectiveness of climate change policies play an important role. Although no changes in ratings were detected over a three-year period, the effect of social norms on encouraging aviation offsetting became stronger in later years. Implications and future research directions to better understand the political and social context of carbon offsetting and sustainable transport are provided.

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air travel, Carbon offsetting, climate policy, COP21, tourist behaviour
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Journal of Sustainable Tourism
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10.1080/09669582.2019.1624762
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  abstract     = {<p>Air travel is predicted to grow over the coming decades contributing to carbon emissions. Airlines have offered voluntary carbon offsetting for over a decade, yet less than 10% of air travellers purchase them. Previous studies ignore the broader policy or social context of sustainable transport and aviation offsetting. In a natural experiment, a panel of the same Australian residents was tracked over a three-year period before and after the historic COP21. A novel hierarchical model was also tested using Partial Least Squares SEM. Although behaviour specific attitudes and social norms were more influential at encouraging aviation carbon offsetting, global policy knowledge and effectiveness of climate change policies play an important role. Although no changes in ratings were detected over a three-year period, the effect of social norms on encouraging aviation offsetting became stronger in later years. Implications and future research directions to better understand the political and social context of carbon offsetting and sustainable transport are provided.</p>},
  author       = {Ritchie, Brent W. and Sie, Lintje and Gössling, Stefan and Dwyer, Larry},
  issn         = {0966-9582},
  keyword      = {air travel,Carbon offsetting,climate policy,COP21,tourist behaviour},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Journal of Sustainable Tourism},
  title        = {Effects of climate change policies on aviation carbon offsetting : a three-year panel study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2019.1624762},
  year         = {2019},
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