Bioregional is working with businesses, charities and other organizations to help them reduce carbon emissions and become truly sustainable.
The One Planet Companies program provides a market-tested framework and a unique, positive communications opportunity for leaders steering their businesses into an unpredictable future. One Planet Companies are companies, not-for-profits, and community groups which have formally adopted the One Planet Living framework to help them reduce their impact on the environment.
One Planet Companies act as inspiring examples of sustainability. They commit to providing products and services which help people lead happy and healthy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources; and to reducing the impacts of their operations to a truly sustainable level, by 2025. Organisations will need to address the impacts of the following key areas and activities:
• Products and services
• Company operations
• Supply chain
These exemplary companies have committed to taking measurable steps towards genuine sustainability.
Rooted in the science and metrics of ecological and carbon footprinting, 10 One Planet principles are used to structure thinking and inform holistic action. These principles stemmed from Bioregional’s experience of working on BedZED, a pioneering eco-village in South London, UK. Together, the principles provide a holistic framework to help organisations and project teams examine the sustainability challenges faced, develop appropriate solutions and communicate the actions being taken to key stakeholders such as colleagues, the supply chain, clients, customers and local and national government.
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being
Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade
Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming and manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding , drought and water course pollution
Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste
Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies
One Planet Living is happening all over the world.
Every project or organization in the One Planet Living initiative – One Planet Program - develops a ‘One Planet Action Plan’ based on the 10 principles. The Action Plan outlines the strategies, actions and targets to achieve One Planet Living. This provides a pathway for implementation that can be monitored and adapted over time. The Action Plan is made public so everyone can see the commitments being made. As well as an Action Plan, every project or organisation reports annually on progress and publishes the results.
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