Environmental Decision Making

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This database contains more than 1800 references divided in 39 categories. A description of the different categories is given below.

Please note: the categories are overlapping, so some articles appear in more than one category.



Pro-environmental Behavior: Broad category of articles related to (the promotion of) pro-environmental behavior

Behavior and Energy: Behavior and investments related to energy

Behavior and Climate Change: Relationship between decision and climate change

Travel Mode Choice:Relationship between choice of travel mode and the environment

Green Firms: Environmental behavior and decision making of firms

Industry and Energy Conservation: Energy conservation in and promoted by industries


Explaining behavior

Environmental Psychology: Psychological insights that help to explain environmental decision making.

Environmental Attitudes and Norms: Relationships between environmental attitudes and norms and environmental decision making.

Intertemporal Choice: Time preferences and discounting influencing environmental decision making.

Status Quo Bias: Studies discussing the tendency of individuals to disproportionally stick with the current situations by doint nothing or by maintaining previous decisions.

Household & Energy: Psychological Factors: Psychological theories that describe what drives household’s environmental decisions and behavior.

Scales: Scales measuring environment-related behaviors, decision making and traits.


Factors influencing environmental decision making

Goals and Commitment: Influence of goals and values of individuals and organizations on environmental decision making.

Demographics: Relationship between pro-environmental behavior and demographic information of the decision maker.

Individual Trait Measures: Influence of individual differences on environmental decision making.

Risk and Uncertainty: Effects of risks and uncertainty on environmental decision making.

Lack of Knowledge: Relationship between environmental knowledge and conservation behavior.

Social Environment: Influence of the social environment on environmental decision making.

Economic Growth: Discussing the causal relationship between energy consumption and economic growth.

Rebound Effect: Interventions increasing energy efficiency may lead to a reverse effect due to increased energy consumption.



Communication: The role of communication in encouraging pro-environmental behavior.

Monitoring and Disclosure: Discussing the impact of monitoring and disclosing environmental performance of individuals and organizations on environmental decisions.

Feedback:Influence of feedback on environmental performance on decision making.

Incentives:Influence of giving incentives on environmental decision making.



Mitigation Technology: Adoption of mitigation technologies and its influence on environmental decision making.

Household & Energy Technology: Potential of technique to increase household’s environmental performance (investment).

Workplace & Energy Technology: Potential of technique to increase organization’s environmental performance (investment).


Water & Energy

Water: Water consumption and conservation.

Energy Policy:Policies related to the environment, and specifically to energy.

Energy USA: Energy use and conservation strategies in the USA.

Energy China: Energy use and conservation strategies in China.