One Tonne Life


Is it possible to live a normal life and at the same time be climate neutral? The Swedish Lindell family accepted the challenge and moved into the One Tonne Life house in January 2011. To their help, they had an energy smart house, an electric car and a panel of experts.

Six months on, the family had reduced their emissions by nearly 80 percent and achieved 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions on an annual basis following an impressive final spurt. In Sweden, the average is 7.3 tonnes per year.

“Down to 2.5 tonnes, we did not need to make any major compromises in our regular lives. Then it got harder. For us, living at the 1.5-tonne level was an extreme daily life,” says Alicja Lindell.

The greatest improvements were made in transportation and power consumption. The transportation emissions were reduced by more than 90 percent, thanks in particular to the fact that the family’s Volvo C30 Electric was charged with electricity from hydro-electric power.

Volvo Cars was one of the initiators of the project, together with A-hus (house manufacturer) and Vattenfall (energy company). ICA (retail company) and Siemens also participated in the project as industry partners.

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