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Public attitudes about climate policy options for aviation

Kantenbacher, Joseph, Hanna, P, Cohen, Scott, Miller, Graham and Scarles, Caroline (2017) Public attitudes about climate policy options for aviation Environmental Science & Policy, 81. pp. 46-53.

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Abstract

The current trend of increasing demand for air travel runs contrary to climate-related sustainability goals. The absence of behavioural and near-term technological solutions to aviation’s environmental impacts underscores the importance of policy levers as a means of curbing carbon emissions. Where past work has used qualitative methods to sketch public opinion of environmental aviation policies, this work uses data drawn from a survey of 2066 British adults to make a quantitative assessment of the acceptability of a broad range of aviation climate policy options. The findings indicate that there is significant support across demographic groups for a large number of policies, particularly those that place financial or regulatory burdens on industry rather than on individuals directly. Support for aviation policies strengthens with pro-environmental attitudes and is weaker among people who are aeromobile. Though self-interested considerations appeared to dominate policy option preferences, concern for fairness may also shape policy acceptability. Overall, this paper provides to policymakers a quantitative evidence base of what types of policies for addressing aviation climate emissions are most publically palatable.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kantenbacher, Josephj.kantenbacher@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hanna, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cohen, Scotts.cohen@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Miller, GrahamG.Miller@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Scarles, CarolineC.Scarles@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 20 December 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.12.012
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : aviation, emissions, policy support, public attitudes, United Kingdom
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Dec 2017 11:22
Last Modified : 14 Feb 2018 15:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845478

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