Bioregional created the One Planet Living framework in 2002 to drive and communicate about transformational sustainability across the globe. The framework consists of ten easily understood principles including 'health and happiness' and 'zero carbon energy', backed up with detailed guidance and tools that anyone, anywhere can use. So far it has been been used as the sustainability framework in an estimated $30 bn of real estate development around the world, including the London Olympic Games.


Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • North America

Led by

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Tourism

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Start date

Shared by

Julia Hawkins

Head of Communications and Policy


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One Planet Living® is a vision of the world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. The One Planet Living framework was developed by Bioregional through its involvement in the creation of the internationally renowned BedZED ecovillage.

One Planet Living takes a holistic approach to sustainability and focuses on how we all live our lives – going beyond cutting carbon and conservation to enhancing wellbeing and building better communities and businesses.

The One Planet Principles are backed up with detailed goals and guidance that are informed by the concepts of ecological and carbon footprinting as a way of acccounting for environment impacts.

One Planet Living tackles head on the problem of overconsumption, which Bioregional considers to be the root cause of unsustainable development. The need for sustainable consumption and production therefore runs through the entire framework.

Individual 'One Planet' principles also address SCP directly. For example, Bioregional's guidance on how to implement the principle of 'Materials and Products' addresses the need for environmentally and socially sustainable procurement as well as how to move towards a circular economy. Under the principles of 'Equity and Local Economy', and 'Culture and Community', guidance is provided on how to promote the 'sharing' economy.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Development of a practical manual and accompanying goals and guidance for implementing One Planet Living
  • Working with partners to implement One Planet Living

Training for SCP

  • One Planet Living Webinar
  • Training in One Planet Living

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • One Planet Living webinars

Outcome level

SCP Commitments

  • One Planet Cities

SCP changes in practice

  • Bioregional Homes

Impact and Results

We now work closely with 21 One Planet Partners – organisations and communities that we have endorsed as demonstrating the ambition needed to achieve One Planet Living.

In 2017/18:

6,741 people were trained in One Planet Living by One Planet partners.

595,000 people are living in, visiting and working at organisations, communities and cities that have committed to One Planet Living.

4,536,336 people live in cities and city-regions that will be participating in our new One Planet Cities Project, funded by the KR Foundation.

Examples of impact from some of our partners are:

White Gum Valley, Australia
‘‘Gen Y’ housing – designed to be affordable for young couples and families has achieved more than a 60% saving in lifecycle carbon emissions compared to a standard benchmark.

Zibi, Canada
The 2,500-home mixed-use community in Ottowa is on track to achieve its zero-carbon goals.

Les Villages Nature Paris, France
The One Planet resort that Bioregional has worked on for the past 12 years has entered its first summer. Impacts from its construction phase include:
• Geothermal energy provides 100% of heat demand and 30% of neighbouring Disneyland Paris’ heat demand
• New habitats created for wildlife on 250 hectares of former farmland – roughly the size of the London Olympic Park
• 100% of the soil used in construction was excavated onsite. That's 1 million m3 – enough to fill 400 Olympic swimming pools

Next steps and how to get involved

We are keen to work with partners to create other truly sustainable One Planet communities around the world, using the One Planet Living framework.