The effect of self-determined motivation on household energy consumption behaviour in a metropolitan area in southern China

Lewis T.O. CHEUNG*, Alice S.Y. CHOW, Lincoln FOK, Kar Ming YU, Kee Lee CHOU

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Abstract

Promoting pro-environmental behaviour among individuals could help to mitigate climate change. In this research, we tested the effect of self-determined motivation on pro-environmental behaviours related to household energy consumption. A questionnaire survey was conducted in Hong Kong (n = 1004) to examine the importance of self-determined motivation on pro-environmental behaviours that promote climate change mitigation. Our results indicated that incorporating self-determined motivation into a model of goal-directed behaviour (MGB) improved its predictive power and that both the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations of an individual were important predictors of pro-environmental energy consumption behaviour. The empirical results suggest measures that can be used by the government to motivate residents’ pro-environmental energy consumption behaviours and to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a metropolitan area in southern China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-561
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy Efficiency
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Energy-saving behaviour
  • Hong Kong
  • Household energy consumption
  • Self-determined motivation
  • Theory of planned action

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