One Tonne Life Project House Soldiers On

Three years after the end of One Tonne Life, this project has inspired a growing number of people to choose products that help them lead a climate-smart lifestyle.

One example of these active choices is the Jogensjö family, with dad Jon, mum Tina and son Nils, who are now enjoying a low-carbon lifestyle in the house that was at the heart of the One Tonne Life, including the Volvo V60 PHEV.

“We’ve always believed in respecting the environment in our day-to-day lives. But we’ve still been pleasantly surprised by how easy and comfortable a climate-smart life is if you combine your environmental commitment with the latest technology,” said Tina Jogensjö, who works as a creative producer at Unicef.

The One Tonne Life project gained a lot of media and public attention in 2010 and 2011. The project involved the cooperation of A-hus, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars, as well as partners ICA and Siemens, to create a climate-smart life for the Lindell family (with dad Nils, mum Alicja and children Hannah and Jonathan).

The test period saw the Lindells cut their emissions from their normal 7.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year per person to 1.5 tonnes.

“We were interested and followed the One Tonne Life project through the media. The 80 per cent reduction in the Lindell family’s carbon emissions showed that it’s possible to make a real difference given the right motivation, know-how and technology. We estimate that we generate around half the carbon dioxide of an average Swedish family, but without compromising on our quality of life,” says Tina Jogensjö.

Volvo explained the Jogensjö family immediately fell in love with the house’s stylish design, space and its light interior. The family have been focusing on leading an energy-efficient lifestyle since leaving their apartment in central Stockholm for the 155 square meter One Tonne Life house, which was developed by A-hus and designed by Gert Wingårdh.

“We’re able to live a completely normal suburban life, but the bonus is that we live in Sweden’s most climate-smart house,” says Tina.

Vattenfall’s web-based EnergyWatch electricity meter and the company’s Smart Plug sockets provide the family with control over their electricity consumption. Surplus electricity generated by the house’s 95 square meters of solar panels on the facade and roof is sold to the family’s electricity provider.

“The house is already outstandingly energy-efficient. But being able to measure electricity consumption in real time gives us an additional incentive to find areas where we can save a bit more. For example, we’ve discovered that Jon, who’s the one usually nagging me and Nils, showers for far too long,” laughs Tina Jogensjö. “Luckily we’ve also got solar thermal collectors on the garage roof, which provide hot water.”