One Planet Events (2009)

WWF’s guidelines

Based on the One Planet Living Events Framework

Zero Carbon

Climate change due to human-induced build up of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

Achieve zero net CO2 emissions 

All energy demand (infrastructures, lightings, music, IT, etc) is supplied from on-site renewable sources, topped up by new off-site renewable supply where necessary.  

Zero Waste

Waste from discarded products and packaging create a huge disposal challenge while squandering valuable resources

Eliminate waste flows to landfill and for incineration

Reduce waste generation through careful products offer on the event. Encourage re-use, recycling and composting; generate energy from waste cleanly; eliminate the concept of waste as part of a resource-efficient society.

Sustainable Transport

Travel by car and airplane can cause climate change, air & noise pollution, and congestion

Reduce reliance on private vehicles and achieve major reductions of CO2 emissions from transport 

Provide transport systems and infrastructure that reduce dependence on fossil fuel use, e.g., by cars and airplanes. Offset unavoidable carbon emissions from air travel and perhaps car travel.

Local and Sustainable Materials

Destructive patterns of resource exploitation and use of non-local materials in construction and manufacture increase environmental harm and reduce gains to the local economy

Transform materials supply to the point where it has a net positive impact on the environment and local economy

Where possible, use local, reclaimed, renewable and recycled materials in construction and products, which minimises transport emissions, spurs investment in local natural resource stocks and boosts the local economy and reducing transport impacts.

Local and Sustainable Food

Industrial agriculture produces food of uncertain quality and harms local ecosystems, while consumption of non-local food imposes high transport impacts

Transform food supply to the point where it has a net positive impact on the environment, local economy and peoples’ well-being

Prefer local and low impact food production that provides healthy, quality food while boosting the local economy in an environmentally beneficial manner; showcase examples of low-impact packaging, processing and disposal; highlight benefits of a low-impact diet.

Sustainable Water

Local supplies of freshwater are often insufficient to meet human needs due to pollution, disruption of hydrological cycles and depletion of existing stocks

Implement water use efficiency measures, re-use and recycling; minimise water extraction and pollution; foster sustainable water and sewage management in the landscape; restore natural water cycles.

Natural Habitats and Wildlife

Loss of biodiversity and habitats due to development in natural areas and overexploitation of natural resources

Regenerate degraded environments and halt biodiversity loss 

Protect or regenerate existing natural environments and the habitats they provide for fauna and flora; create new habitats. Ensure that outdoor event do not impact negatively local biodiversity.

Culture and Heritage

Protect and build on local cultural heritage and diversity

Local cultural heritage is being lost throughout the world due to globalisation, resulting in a loss of local identity and wisdom

Celebrate and revive cultural heritage and the sense of local and regional identity; choose structures and systems that build on this heritage; fostera new culture of sustainability.

Equity and Fair Trade

Investment in new communities is often not targeted at local economic development and does not maximise the use of local resources  

Ensure that the event has positive economic links with the wider local and global community

Prefer local production and supply of goods for the event. Promote equity and fair trading relationships to ensure the event has a beneficial impact on other communities both locally and globally, notably disadvantaged communities.

Health and Happiness

Rising wealth and greater health and happiness increasingly diverge, raising questions about the true basis of well-being and contentment

Increase health and well-being of all event participants/attendants and others

Promote healthy lifestyles and physical, mental & spiritual well-being through well-designed structures and community engagement measures, as well as by delivering on social and environmental targets.