Can A House Shrink One Swedish Family’s Carbon Footprint?

We’re all looking for ways to reduce the size of our carbon footprint, but most of us don’t have a house that helps out with the task.

Watch this video about this unique opportunity for Swedish families to participate in the One Tonne Life Project (sic), a collaboration between an energy company, a house-builder and a car maker.

The project will determine if a typical Swedish family can cut their CO2 emissions from the average, about 7 tons a year to just one ton per year, according to Vattenfall’s Annika Ramskold.

One of sixty local families that have volunteered to live in the house for the six month trial will move in in January – they’ll be studied, and their emissions measured, all in the name of environmental science.

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Eva K.
Eva K7 years ago

So great to hear about the family moving in today! I'm in the process of writing about this on my blog now!


Michael Gilfillan

Very interesting; so what's our excuse in N America? The real roadblock is political will, in Canada we name this roadblock the Fedreral Conservative party commanded by one Steven Harper.

David N.
David N7 years ago

Great idea. I'd volunteer.

Allan Booyjzsen
Allan Booyjzsen7 years ago

Fantastic! I would like to see governments around the world, introduce laws now, compelling that the construction of all new structures and the renovation of existing buildings, comply with the use of sustainable, eco friendly and passive alternative methods and materials immediately.

"In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change." — Daniel Howden, writing in The Independent

Roxana J.
Roxana J7 years ago

wonderfull info, thanks

April Thompson
April Thompson7 years ago


ilse diels
.7 years ago

Great idea, I already love the swedish ideas of energy reduction, they have a lot of things we can use over here too. Unfortunatly I'm living in an apartment, I would love to have solar panels, but it's not allowed to put them up :(

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

i'd like to know more...but i'm thinking if it will work in all would be a great house to live in....

Debbie M.
Debbie Miller7 years ago

I, too, would like to hear more but is interesting so far.

Claudia McCall
Claudia McCall7 years ago

More specific info is needed. Please flesh this out a bit and keep us updated.