ECOHOME Education, training, tools and services to enhance sustainable household consumption
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Basic project information
Person in charge
Ari Nissinen, Marja Salo, Ulla Ala-Ketola, Panu Kontio, Virpi Liesimaa, Kaarina Toivonen
Ministry of the Environment, partners
Ecolabel Partnership, EcoFellows Ltd, Sykli Environmental Schol of Finland, Valonia – Service Centre for Sustainable Development and Energy of Southwest Finland
Results of the project are summarized in a conference paper presented in the 17th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and production.
The objectives and outcomes of the project
The aim of the project was to develop tools and practises to communicate household specific greenhousegas (GHG) emissions. Tools, action models, education and services were developed tackle the GHG emissions of especially housing and everyday lifestyles. The following concepts were developed:
- Training programme for professionals for supporting house owners and managers in major renovations and maintenance and related business models
How can homeowners facing the need for major (energy) renovation access unbiased information on the potential and suitable options? How can home owners be made more aware of the costs of different choices when the whole lifespan of the system is taken into account?
- Energy management of housing companies
How inhabitants in blocks of flats and attached houses and key persons of housing boards could be encouraged actively save energy through better maintenance and behaviour changes?
- Tailored advice for households based on the measured consumption data and tailored advice by eco-trainers
How can household-specific and real-time measurement systems, together with tailored advice, help households change their consumption patterns and reduce their carbon footprint? How can various professionals that visit homes, like cleaning and other service providers advice also for sustainability at home?
- Web-based tools and face-to-face communication to improve the sustainability of everyday lifestyle choices
How can a web-based carbon footprint calculator and related activities be used to raise awareness of one’s carbon footprint and actions to reduce it? How to use calculator in discussion with ordinary people about carbon footprint and mitigation measures?
Researcher Marja Salo, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, email@example.com