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Smiling Earth—Raising Awareness among Citizens for Behaviour Change to Reduce Carbon Footprint

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Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Technology Management, SINTEF Digital, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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VINEGEN, 1500 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Energies 2020, 13(22), 5932; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13225932
Received: 30 September 2020 / Revised: 2 November 2020 / Accepted: 11 November 2020 / Published: 13 November 2020
This paper describes Smiling Earth, a mobile app to increase citizens’ awareness about their own carbon footprint, by integrating energy and transport-related data. The main aim of our work is to explore the ways in which Information and Communication Technologies could help raise awareness and educate and motivate citizens about their actions and their consequences on the environment. Smiling Earth provides feedback to users by visualising data about their daily activities with the aim to motivate citizens to change their behaviour to reduce their CO2 emissions by adopting a healthier lifestyle. The value of the Smiling Earth for individuals, cities and communities is discussed. The feedback from an expert evaluation and how Smiling Earth could contribute to Positive Energy Districts are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: behaviour change; carbon footprint: citizen motivation; sustainability behaviour change; carbon footprint: citizen motivation; sustainability
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Petersen, S.A.; Petersen, I.; Ahcin, P. Smiling Earth—Raising Awareness among Citizens for Behaviour Change to Reduce Carbon Footprint. Energies 2020, 13, 5932. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13225932

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Petersen SA, Petersen I, Ahcin P. Smiling Earth—Raising Awareness among Citizens for Behaviour Change to Reduce Carbon Footprint. Energies. 2020; 13(22):5932. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13225932

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Petersen, Sobah A., Idar Petersen, and Peter Ahcin. 2020. "Smiling Earth—Raising Awareness among Citizens for Behaviour Change to Reduce Carbon Footprint" Energies 13, no. 22: 5932. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13225932

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