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The “One Tonne Life” project in Hässelby near Stockholm shows that living a climate- optimised lifestyle is also good for one’s private economy. During the six months that the Lindell family lived their climate-smart lifestyle, they not only succeeded in reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by almost 80 percent – they also cut their monthly costs by almost 2,900 kronor compared with their “old” lifestyle.

The economic analysis carried out by ICA-banken also includes a calculation of the family’s costs in a newly built house of the same size as the “One Tonne Life” villa, but fitted with today’s “normal” equip- ment and energy standard. In this scenario, the family drives a car with the lowest carbon dioxide emis- sions in the company’s current range: a diesel-powered Volvo C30 DRIVe.
In this calculation both living and motoring costs are even lower than in the “One Tonne Life” household. This result indicates that the spearhead technology fitted to the house and car still command a higher initial price-tag, thus limiting its competitiveness. Quickly overcoming that threshold could speed up the pace of CO2 emission reduction.