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Civic dialogue with a thousand measures

Karlstad

Detailed description of the Good Practice

In the project MiljöVarDad or Daily Environmnet the municipality has succeeded in getting 100 households to live more environmentally friendly. Together the residents have implemented more than 1000 environmental improvement measures in their daily lives.
The MiljöVarDad project is one example of civic dialogue where the municipality and the residents of Karlstad have worked together for a better environment. Together with the coaches from the municipality just over one hundred families have received support and training in areas such as energy, transport, waste and consumption.
The project began as early as 2004-2005 when 11 households undertook environmental improvement in their daily lives.
The objective has been for eight out of ten families to lower their energy consumption and their emissions of fossil carbon dioxide by 9 percent and for two out of 10 families to reduce these emissionsby 20 percent. In Karslad some families have also tried ecologocal food and better source-sorting of rubbish.

awareness raising
sustainable development
ecological education

Objectives of the Good Practice

to introduce and develop environmental improvement measures

Participants of the Good Practice

families of Karlstad
coaches

Target group of the Good Practice

families of Karlstad

Funding of the Good Practice

Municipality of Karlstad

More Details of the Good Practice

Car travel decreased by more than 5%, many began cycling or walking to work instead. Training and eco-driving reduced fuel consumption by 10% and engine heaters reduced it by another few percent. Electricity consumption in the home decreased by 7 percent and the unsorted household rubbish decreased by nearly 60%. Moreover, 25 families made major investments in heating solutions for their homes. On average, the families implemented ten environmental improvement measures and reduced their fossil carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15 tonnes per family.

Documentation and documents

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Eperiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
www.skl.se/klimat
www.theirname.se

Available files

Contact details

Hornsgatan 20, Stockholm, Sweden
SE-118 82 Stockholm
+46 8 452 70 00
info@skl.se www.skl.se

Data sources and references

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Eperiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions