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Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson och Jörgen Normark Photo: Åsa Stubbfält
Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson and Jörgen Normark are two of the researchers from Luleå University of Technology who are involved in the project Be Change. Photo: Åsa Stubbfält View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Design for a sustainable future

Published: 22 January 2020

Researchers in Industrial Design at Luleå University of Technology are developing a digital service that will motivate people to make climate-smart choices in everyday life.

– It will be a kind of online course in climate impact. The purpose is to understand how you affect the climate yourself through how you live and that you should work with your own motivation to live more climate smart. You can set up your own profile where you post how you live and what habits you have when it comes to travel, food and consumption. Based on this, you will know how much carbon dioxide emissions you produce each day and what you can do to reduce them, says Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson, project manager and professor of Industrial Design at Luleå University of Technology.

The project is a collaboration with the company Be Change, which works with an education concept where you gain both knowledge and motivation to reduce your climate impact without lowering your quality of life. From Luleå University of Technology, Anders Warell, professor of Industrial Design, and Jörgen Normark, associate professor of Industrial Design, also participate.

– I think it's really important to start thinking about what we do in everyday life and how it affects the climate. We have to change how we live today, because it’s not sustainable. This is a project that is just right in time. Design is one of the most powerful tools we have for changing society. Everything we have around us is designed. If we can use it properly, we can achieve a more sustainable future, says Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson.

The project, also called Be Change, started in August and runs until March. The researchers are developing the digital service together with a design agency.