Carbon offsetting and energy conservation

Research question: Willingness of consumers to participate in carbon offsetting programs, impact of carbon abatement on consumer behaviour


Partners: PWN, Amphiro AG


Principal investigators: Anna Kupfer, Verena Tiefenbeck


Core Team: Lorenz Goette (University of Bonn), Thorsten Staake, Samuel Schoeb


Budget: CHF 60’000


Timeframe: Feb 2015 – Feb 2016










An increasing number of companies are offering their customers the option to mitigate the impact of their purchase or behavior in voluntary offsetting schemes. Little is still known on what drives consumers to contribute to these programs, nor about the role of transparency, nor how such programs affect future consumer behavior. We investigate these questions in a randomized controlled field trial in collaboration with the Dutch utility company PWN.