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Promoting low carbon behaviours through personalised information? Long-term evaluation of a carbon calculator interview

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Promoting low carbon behaviours through personalised information? Long-term evaluation of a carbon calculator interview. / Büchs, Milena; Bahaj, AbuBakr S.; Blunden, Luke; Bourikas, Leonidas; Falkingham, Jane; James, Patrick; Kamanda, Mamusu; Wu, Yue.

In: Energy Policy, Vol. 120, 26.05.2018, p. 284 - 293.

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Büchs, M, Bahaj, AS, Blunden, L, Bourikas, L, Falkingham, J, James, P, Kamanda, M & Wu, Y 2018, 'Promoting low carbon behaviours through personalised information? Long-term evaluation of a carbon calculator interview', Energy Policy, vol. 120, pp. 284 - 293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.05.030

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Büchs, M., Bahaj, A. S., Blunden, L., Bourikas, L., Falkingham, J., James, P., Kamanda, M., & Wu, Y. (2018). Promoting low carbon behaviours through personalised information? Long-term evaluation of a carbon calculator interview. Energy Policy, 120, 284 - 293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.05.030

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Büchs, Milena ; Bahaj, AbuBakr S. ; Blunden, Luke ; Bourikas, Leonidas ; Falkingham, Jane ; James, Patrick ; Kamanda, Mamusu ; Wu, Yue. / Promoting low carbon behaviours through personalised information? Long-term evaluation of a carbon calculator interview. In: Energy Policy. 2018 ; Vol. 120. pp. 284 - 293.

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