Tackling Environmental Problems with the Help of Behavioural Insights
Behavioural insights can help policy makers obtain a deeper understanding of the behavioural
mechanisms contributing to environmental problems, and design and implement more effective
policy interventions. This report reviews recent developments in the application of
behavioural insights to encourage more sustainable consumption, investment and compliance
decisions by individuals and firms.
Drawing on interventions initiated by ministries and agencies responsible for environment
and energy, as well as cross-government behavioural insights teams, it portrays how
behavioural sciences have been integrated into the policy-making process. The report
covers a variety of policy areas: energy, water and food consumption, transport and
car choice, waste management and resource efficiency, compliance with environmental
regulation and participation in voluntary schemes. It shows what has proven to work
– and what has not – in policy practice in OECD countries and beyond.
Published on May 10, 2017Also available in: French
WEBINAR ON Tackling Environmental Problems with Behavioural Insights
How have behavioural insights been used by governments to tackle environmental problems and which behavioural interventions have been shown to work in practice?
Watch the video - On 17 May, Elisabetta Cornago of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed how governments have leveraged behavioural insights to encourage more sustainable consumption, investment and compliance decisions by individuals and firms.
The report shows that insights from the behavioural sciences – behavioural insights – can help policy makers obtain a deeper understanding of the behavioural mechanisms that contribute to environmental problems, and design and implement more effective policy interventions.