An ecological footprint study found that if everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average person in Hong Kong, we would need 2.2 planets to support us. Carbon emissions account for around 50% of our global eco-footprint.

"One Planet Living" covers various aspects of sustainable living, and is a framework to live within a fair share of the Earth’s resources. The framework is jointly developed by BioRegional Development Group and WWF International.

The One Planet Living framework comprises 10 principles:

Zero Carbon

    Approach net zero carbon emissions and create a sustainable environment
    How to achieve this?
    • Reduce the energy demand of buildings by utilizing passive architectural design and energy efficient active systems
    • Use renewable technologies appropriate in site and project contexts, such as bio-diesel, photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind turbine etc.
    • Visit low/zero carbon buildings to learn progressive examples of greener architecture
    • Adopt low carbon lifestyles and behaviour

Zero Waste

    Approach zero waste sent to landfills
    How to achieve this?
    • Reduce demand, reuse materials and recycle waste
    • Minimize construction waste by: adopting balanced cut and fill for site formation, using a high percentage of pulverized fly ash or salvaged aggregates in concrete, using gabion walls and recycled eco-pavers etc.
    • Use less and recycle more in our daily life

Sustainable Transport

    Promote pedestrian-friendly accesses and facilitate the use of flow-emitting modes of transport
    How to achieve this?
    • Provide prominent, safe, comfortable and convenient pedestrian-friendly connection networks to public transport nodes
    • Provide electric vehicle charging facilities, and preferred parking for electric and low-emitting vehicles
    • Provide bicycle parking and maintenance facilities

Green and Fair Trade

    Support products that care for the planet and implement fair trade
    How to achieve this?
    • Buy green products that support fair employment practices and a harmonic community
    • Develop a green and fair trade network

Sustainable Water

    Conserve and manage water resources sustainably
    How to achieve this?
    • Use low-flow fixtures to reduce demand and waste
    • Adopt rainwater harvesting and recycle grey and black water wherever possible
    • Plant native species for vegetation and use water-efficient irrigation systems

Green Culture

    Support and participate in green arts to promote eco-awareness, local identity and awareness of low or zero carbon practices
    How to achieve this?
    • Environmental art works for and by the public
    • Participation in green events, exhibitions and workshops
    • Outdoor living culture to re-connect with the natural environment

Local and Sustainable Food

    Promote regional, sustainable, seasonal and organic food
    How to achieve this?
    • Reduce waste created while ordering or preparing food
    • Collect food waste to compost for organic farming
    • Buy organic food from local Hong Kong or Mainland China producers
    • Promote balanced and low-environmental-impact diet with less meat

Urban Native Woodland and Biodiversity

    Sustain man-made or natural woodlands, in urban areas with plant species of local origin
    How to achieve this?
    • Preserve existing trees and protect/recover natural environments to safeguard the ecosystem
    • Plant native species that provide food and shelter that will attract native wildlife into the city

Sustainable Materials

    Promote the use of low-carbon, healthy, recycled and rapidly renewable products from local or regionally manufactured sources
    How to achieve this?
    • Use materials that consume less energy in their production cycles
    • Use local or regionally manufactured materials
    • Use materials with low or zero volatile organic compounds
    • Use materials that are recycled or have high recycled content (post-consumer recycled contents are preferred over pre-consumer recycled contents)
    • Use rapidly renewable materials that can regenerate themselves in 10 years or less. Examples include bamboo, cork, linoleum etc.

Health and Happiness

    Encourage active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being
    How to achieve this?
    • Promote an environment that is comfortable, safe, attractive, flexible to use and conducive to outdoor life
    • Adopt a green, active, sociable and meaningful lifestyle
    • Establish networks with like-minded communities to promote sustainable living, idea sharing and support

Let's make a change towards a more sustainable planet Earth.