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Climate smart households in Linköping

Linköping

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The municipality of Linköping has set high climate goals – Linköping shall be carbon dioxide neutral by 2025. This is a tough goal. A pre-condition in achieving this challenge is that there must be cooperation between the municipality, inhabitants and those working in Linköping.

climate change
energy efficiency
transport
sustainable consumption
awareness raising

Objectives of the Good Practice

achieve carbon dioxide neutrality by 2025
increase knowledge, awareness and involvement of the citizens of Linköping to global warming

Participants of the Good Practice

the municipality of Linköping
six participating households

Target group of the Good Practice

six households
citizens of the municipality of Linköping

Funding of the Good Practice

The municipality of Linköping

More Details of the Good Practice

The work is done towards energy efficiency within the transport and energy sectors, to change from fossil to renewable fuels. However, it is not enough to work with physical activities; the municipality of Linköping is convinced that there is also a need for behaviour-changing and information campaigns as well as a continuous dialogue between politicians and citizens.
The lifestyle changes as key
One of the many projects conducted in the municipality of Linköping aimed at increasing knowledge, awareness and involvement of the citizens of Linköping to global warming. This ”Climate-smart household” project ran during 2010. The intention with this project was to highlight the impact that our lifestyles have on our climate but also to show that even small changes to our lifestyles can make a difference. Six participating households were involved in the project and during this time they took part in challenges and experiences covering various themes. The six themes were: save household electricity, heat and hot water, climate-friendly food, long and short distance transport and consumption.
The participants were given some trainings in various subjects, including eco driving and a cookery course covering climatefriendly, seasonal and locally-produced food. They all had their bicycle serviced and were issued with bicycle helmets. In addition, those who wished could borrow an electric bicycle from the municipality. For those participants living in a house, a thermography was carried out. During the project period a number of talks about climate-smart house holding and its challenges were given and the participants invited to attend.
The results from the climate-smart household –project show that the greatest savings can be made in carbon dioxide emissions through a reduction in car use on a daily basis. Increasing the proportion of vegetarian meals and eco driving also had a positive effect on the result of the project. Increased recycling and less food waste were also areas that were highlighted to have a great potential in reducing climate impact. If all the inhabitants of Linköping implemented the same lifestyle changes the annual carbon dioxide emissions in Linköping would drop by about 4,800 tonnes.
Increased awareness raised
One of the goals of the project was to gain publicity and create awareness of the project, initially to the inhabitants of Linköping. This goal exceeded expectations. The continuous work with local media resulted in 26 news items about the project in seven different media channels.
The experience according to the project leaders is that it is easy to recruit interested families to this type of project, but difficult to attract participants who do not already live a climate-aware lifestyle.

  • One success factor for this kind of project is that the participants have both the time and the desire to be ambassadors for the project, says Liv Balkmar and Per Sjöström, project leaders.

Public awareness for this project was also measured through a telephone survey. The aim was that, of those called, 25% should be aware of the project; the outcome was 42%. A further goal was that 75% of those called would be willing to participate in one of the Climate-smart challenges. The result was that all those asked were willing.

Available files

Contact details

Liv.Balkmar@linkoping.se
Tel. +46 13 20 61 56

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 2/2011