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Can Renewable Energy Lead to Happiness?


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1 Advanced Technology Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
2 Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
     

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Happiness is gaining popularity not only in academics but also in politics. Through a review of research, this study attempts to investigate if renewable energy may contribute to happiness and discovered that the relationship between energy usage and environmental quality on subjective well-being has received a lot of attention. Existing fossil fuel consumption has consequences that endanger the lives and well-being of those who are already most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The goal of this study is to summarise the association between renewable energy consumption and subjective welling. According to the study, using renewable energy improves environmental quality whereas using fossil fuels degrades it. The two are intrinsically linked: environmental quality and subjective well-being. Other findings on the positive effects of renewable energy on subjective well-being support policymakers in developing future energy transition policies that must take well-being concerns into account. It can be concluded that renewable energy consumption can be associated with subjective well-being but cannot act as a whole.
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Authors

Karthik R.
Advanced Technology Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
Ramya Ranjan Behera
Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
Ranajit Bera
Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
Diganta Panda
Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Abstract


Happiness is gaining popularity not only in academics but also in politics. Through a review of research, this study attempts to investigate if renewable energy may contribute to happiness and discovered that the relationship between energy usage and environmental quality on subjective well-being has received a lot of attention. Existing fossil fuel consumption has consequences that endanger the lives and well-being of those who are already most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The goal of this study is to summarise the association between renewable energy consumption and subjective welling. According to the study, using renewable energy improves environmental quality whereas using fossil fuels degrades it. The two are intrinsically linked: environmental quality and subjective well-being. Other findings on the positive effects of renewable energy on subjective well-being support policymakers in developing future energy transition policies that must take well-being concerns into account. It can be concluded that renewable energy consumption can be associated with subjective well-being but cannot act as a whole.