Want to make a difference now? - Join us - Make a One Planet Promise
One Planet Promises Sustainability – it’s a world where we all live within a fair share of the earth’s resources. Choose a sustainable action - or lots of actions! - and join us by making a promise to take steps towards a zero carbon life. Be part of creating a better future for everyone.
Why Promise? International air travel is one of the single biggest and easiest sources of carbon emissions to reduce. Kiwis love to travel the world. That love of travel is leading to some big carbon emissions. A return flight to London from Auckland can emit up to 7 tonnes of CO2, and a Wellington to Auckland return trip 0.276 tonnes. And people remember we’re aiming to reduce our carbon footprints down from 7.465 tonnes to 3 tonnes- not increase it! That means the staycation is your vacation of choice.
reduce my carbon emissions
Why Promise? At 7.465 tonnes per capita New Zealanders are among the biggest greenhouse gas emitters per person in the developed world. And our emissions are getting bigger - growing 24.1% between 1990 and 2015. Higher CO2 emissions mean more rapid climate change - more drought, heat waves, severe storms, sea level rise, wildfires and biodiversity loss. By promising to reduce your carbon emissions you play your part in creating a solution. We need more renewable energy, clean transport and better efficiency. Good for your health and wealth!
restore a metre of stream
Why Promise? Million Metres is a non-profit project set up to restore the health of New Zealand waterways, metre by metre, stream by stream. The aim is to reach a million metres of stream restoration, and we need your help. The money you invest in a Million Metres helps fund the trees being planted by community groups along waterways across New Zealand. Freshwater scientists agree that riparian planting is vital to the health of our freshwater ecosystems. It also absorbs CO2 the biggest cause of climate change.
Restoration costs $16-$50 a meter.
go plastic bag free
Why Promise? Single use plastic bags are a huge source of waterway and marine pollution. There’s almost more plastic than fish in our oceans! Most plastic bags aren't biodegradeable, they break down into smaller toxic pieces contaminating soil and waterways. By pledging to stop using plastic bags you're helping to make the world plastic bag free! And that’s a good thing.
leave car at home at least one day a week
Why promise? For every 200km less travelled you will save 46kgs of carbon emissions. Transport creates 44% of New Zealander's CO2 emissions, and about 16% of our total greenhouse gas emissions. NZTA found New Zealanders spend an average of four and three-quarter hours driving a week. Almost half of our trips are less than 6km and these short trips can cause more air pollution with cold engines consuming up to 40% more fuel. So walk, bike, train, bus, scoot, catch a ride with a friend or just stay at home. Save some money on petrol and reduce your carbon emissions. Auckland Transportor contact your local public transport provider.
live in a 6 * star rated home
Why pledge? By committing to live in a home with six or more Homestars you are committing to reduce your households environmental impact and carbon emissions significantly. The Homestar tool rates the sustainability of New Zealand homes and multi-unit dwellings. Many New Zealand homes are cold and damp and would struggle to get six stars. Find out more on Homestar.
offset my carbon footprint every year
Why promise? A carbon offset is a great way to give something back for the carbon you haven’t been able to avoid emitting. By paying for each kg or tonne of greenhouse gas you are responsible for emitting you can contribute to a certified project that will absorb an equivalent amount over time. We recommend offsetting your carbon footprint through verified carbon credits, such as those endorsed by the carboNZero Programme. If you are a business it is recommended that you certify your footprint and offsets so you can make a carboNZero claim! Carbon Zero
go meat free at least one day a week
Why pledge? Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? Producing one calorie of meat requires nearly 20x the amount of energy to produce one plant calorie. Global meat consumption has tripled over the last four decades. So reduce your own personal footprint, and make a dent in global emissions by eating less meat. Join us in taking the pledge to not eat meat one day a week and become a part of the Meatless Monday movement!
Why pledge? Trees absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and exhale oxygen – an essential part of the carbon cycle that is compromised everyday by ever increasing deforestation. Take this simple step to mop up more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. Plant a tree at home, at work or in your community. Check out your Council website on the best choice for better biodiversity in urban trees in your area. Or help support a local restoration project. Auckland’s Oakley Creek, Te Auaunga, is a beautiful urban stream. Donate $10 to Friends of Oakley Creek and they will plant a tree in the next planting season for you – or attend a planting day to do it yourself.
base my business in a 5 * star building
Why promise? Build or lease the greenest building in town! A rating of 5 Green Star indicates New Zealand Excellence for sustainable design. But even if you’re not in Green Star premises, you can aim for a 5 star NABERSNZ rating for energy efficiency. This is a great low-cost way to track energy use and help you do better – lowering your costs and carbon footprint. NABERSNZ can work for any office tenant as well as building owners and managers. You can start by doing your own self-assessment. And when moving into new premises, go for a Green Star site or fit-out for maximum sustainability.
Why promise? New Zealanders throw out enough food each year to feed the entire population of Dunedin twice! So stop burying too much food in the vege bin and throwing out those left overs. Only buy what you need and compost your leftovers. Food waste in landfill breaks down anaerobically and produces methane; methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 (carbon dioxide) as a greenhouse gas. A compost pile, on the other hand, undergoes aerobic decomposition. Because it is exposed to oxygen, either by turning it or through the use of worms and other living organisms, it produces CO2 instead of methane. So a much lower impact.
Why promise? No choice but to drive? Then commit to buying the most fuel efficient vehicle for your needs. Cars vary a lot in how much fuel they use, even between similar models. The difference can be hundreds of dollars in fuel a year, which means thousands of dollars over a car's lifetime and that can add up to tonnes of carbon emissions. That's why selecting which car to purchase is one of the most important fuel efficiency and climate conscious decisions you can make. Go for 5 or 6 stars to minimise your impact. And don’t forget to ensure your tyres are energywise approved too.
give a day to habitat restoration
Why promise? Whether it's for a day, a week, with your colleagues or a group, your time and effort as a volunteer will not only be rewarding, but it will make a real difference. Build biodiversity and replant vegetation to absorb more carbon. Support a local restoration project, discover your local environment and make a difference to our natural habitat. Volunteer any week of the year. Auckland Conservation Volunteers
only buy five energy *+ appliances
Why promise? By choosing five or six energy star rated appliances you are choosing the most energy efficient options on the market. The more stars on the label, the more energy efficient the appliance is. Better energy efficiency means lower carbon emissions.