A study by GASPARATOS Alexandros, a specially appointed assistant professor at the Future Vision Research Center of the University of Tokyo, shows that changes in consumption behavior due to the spread of the new coronavirus do not have a significant effect on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from homes. I found out.Carbon dioxide emissions from gasoline consumption and eating out decreased significantly, but emissions from food consumption increased significantly.

 According to the University of Tokyo, researchers from China Seika University and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature participated in the research, and changes in consumption behavior in Japan caused carbon dioxide emissions in January-May 2020, the early stages of the spread of the new corona infection. We analyzed the household survey data of the Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in combination with the supply chain analysis.

 As a result, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by eating out, going out, clothing, entertainment, etc. was greatly reduced, but the amount emitted by eating at home was greatly increased.Some of them, such as electricity and gas, had no change in emissions.Overall emissions were about the same level compared to 2015-2019, with no particular changes in emission patterns among age groups.

 In Japan, carbon dioxide emissions from the household sector account for about 7% of the total, and it has been thought that changes in lifestyle and consumption behavior have a great impact on changes in emissions.However, the research group says that changes in the consumption behavior of the corona sickness did not automatically lead to emission reductions.

Paper information:[One Earth] Negligible impacts of early COVID-19 confinement on household carbonfootprints in Japan

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