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  • 1. Creating a green economy Annual Review 2009-10
  • 2. At BioRegional we believe that we can createthriving regional economies where we can liveand work within our fair share of the earth’sresources. It’s what we call One Planet Living.The way we think we can best make that happen is to:• work with partners to put in place real life examples of sustainable communities, organisations and production systems in the UK and internationally• measure the results and share the lessons we learn, to bring about change among individuals, governments and businesses.Our 2009-10 annual report - Creating a green economy -highlights our major achievements during the year.ContentsIntroduction 3One Planet Regions 4One Planet Communities 8One Planet Companies 12Enterprises to deliver sustainability 16One Planet Production 18Communicating One Planet Living 20Our Finances in 2009-10 23
  • 3. IntroductionSue Riddlestone, DirectorWhen you are working to implement real lifedemonstration projects they naturally can take a bit oftime, but over the last year a number of our newer projectshave started to become a reality which is very exciting.Amazing potential is becoming apparent from thesustainable suburb project here in Hackbridge,Sutton, where we are based and which has beenchosen as a “Big Society” vanguard; through tothe results that retail giant B&Q has started to seefrom implementing One Planet Living. In July ourgovernment told us “We like what you are doing andwant you to do more of it!”.We are so grateful to our partners and supportersfor believing in our approach, and working with us tocreate real-life examples of a green economy. As wehave already found, the influence of these examples on government, industry and individuals really canlead to lasting change for the better.One Planet Living frameworkOne Planet Living is our vision of a sustainable world, in which people everywherecan enjoy a high quality of life within the productive capacity of the planet. It uses10 principles of sustainability as a framework. www.oneplanetvision.org 1 Zero carbon 6 Sustainable water 2 Zero waste 7 Land use and wildlife 3 Sustainable transport 8 Culture and heritage 4 Sustainable materials 9 Equity and local economy 5 Local and sustainable food 10 Health and happiness 3
  • 4. One Planet RegionsBioRegional works with local and municipal authorities– those who can encourage and enable low carbon,sustainable lifestyles on a large scale.We are working intensively with the London Borough of Sutton to create a trulysustainable region for 187,000 people by applying the 10 One Planet Livingprinciples. We are piloting the initiative in Sutton’s Hackbridge suburb, where theBedZED eco-village and BioRegional are based. Drawing on the lessons learnedwe are working with a lighter touch with other local authorities, giving ongoingsupport to help them become One Planet Regions.During 2009-10 we worked most closely with Sutton and Middlesbrough,providing support so they can develop tailored Sustainability Action Plans andeffectively engage local residents and workers in sustainable living. We have also linked up other local authorities that are interested in our approach viaknowledge-sharing and our first One Planet Regions conference.In 2010 we joined the Bicester eco-town delivery team and are also workingacross the eco-town programme developing monitoring protocols and runningtraining workshops. We will work with each eco-town to help them reach thehighest possible standards. What next? We want to retrofit One Planet Living into five regions by 2012. We will continue to work with Sutton Council to realise its sustainability targets. We want to help enable keen residents in the Hackbridge pilot area to reduce their carbon and eco-footprints by 50% by 2012, with average reductions among all residents of 20%.4
  • 5. We want to help enable keen residents in theHackbridge pilot area to reduce their carbonand eco-footprints by 50% by 2012. 5
  • 6. Recent highlightsOne Planet SuttonSutton is the first local authority to commit to become a One Planet Region. Sutton and the Hackbridge pilot project were chosen in July 2010 as one of four“Big Society” vanguards.BioRegional is working with the council to roll out its Sustainability Action Plan.The plan will enable those working and living in the borough to achieve OnePlanet Living by 2025. It also sets the same stretching targets for the council’sown operations. The Hackbridge project grew from those of us in the localcommunity wanting to make the area a great place to live. With other localorganisations, we have kick started a number of initiatives to deliver One PlanetLiving in Hackbridge and borough-wide.There are now three home energy efficiency pilots running in the borough. This includes a London Low Carbon Zone, and a government (DECC) funded “Pay AsYou Save” or “Green Deal” trial with B&Q and the council where homeownersreceive interest free loans. The money that they repay is calculated to be lessthan the amount saved on bills. The Technology Strategy Board is also fundingus to measure how home improvements and behaviour change programmescan cut carbon emissions. We aim to retrofit one home with a full One Planet Living makeover and achieve a reduction in carbon emissions of up to 80%. Inthe coming year we will use the lessons learned from these projects to develop adelivery model to make Hackbridge zero carbon.Meanwhile, our One Planet Food project, which ismaking local food widely available in the borough,is proving popular with residents (see page 18). Key targets for Sutton Council include:BioRegional is also mentoring small and mediumenterprises (SMEs) in Hackbridge to improve • All council buildings totheir environmental performance and save money. be zero carbon by 2017.This two-year council-run scheme is financed by • The entire borough ablethe European Regional Development Fund. to become zero carbonwww.oneplanetsutton.org enabled by 2025.6
  • 7. ONEPLANET
  • 8. One Planet CommunitiesBioRegional believes that people should be able to leadhealthy, happy, green lives in places that are attractiveand affordable. Riverside One, UK One Brighton, UK BioRegional Quintain BioRegional Quintain and Crest Nicholson Petite Rivière, Canada Groupe Pacific Sonoma Mountain Village, USA Codding Enterprises Mata de Sesimbra, Portugal Pelicano These developments are fully-endorsed One Planet Communities. Others are in the process of becoming endorsed or have used the One Planet Living framework in their design and construction.8
  • 9. Our experience with the BedZED eco-village has shown us that One Planet Communities need to go much further than just green buildings: they also need to support and encourage green lifestyles. We work with partners to create and manage these One Planet Communities worldwide. We are currently working with developers building sustainable communities in Australia, Canada, China, North America, Portugal, South Africa and the UAE. www.oneplanetcommunities.org BedZED, UK Peabody Masdar City, Abu Dhabi Mubadala Jinshan, Guangzhou, China China Merchants Property Development Barangaroo, Australia Barangaroo Delivery Authority / Lend LeaseIvory Park and Sibaya, South AfricaJohannesburg EcoCity Trust / Tongaat Hulett Developments 9
  • 10. Recent highlightsSonoma, USABioRegional North America isworking with partners to developexemplary One Planet Communitiesin key USA cities.The One Planet Living principlesunderpin the $1bn redevelopment One Brighton, UKof an industrial site at SonomaMountain Village (SOMO), The 10 One Planet Living principlesCalifornia. This endorsed One formed the framework for the greenPlanet Community intends to emit design, construction and lifestyleszero carbon, create zero waste and at One Brighton. This endorseduse zero ground water. One Planet Community saw its first residents move in during 2009.The 81-hectare site – developed by The 172-apartment block – built byCodding Enterprises – will provide developers BioRegional Quintain4,400 jobs in 50,000m2 of office, and Crest Nicholson – is packedretail and commercial space. Some with green features.1,900 homes are also to be built.By the time of completion in 2020, Construction materials includeeach resident will be no more than the greenest concrete in the UK,a five minute walk to groceries, natural clay blocks and woodrestaurants, day care and other fibre insulation. The building amenities that will offer local, is run entirely on renewablesustainable and Fairtrade products. energy. Residents can enjoy roof top allotments and gardens, aDuring 2010 41 companies moved car club and also have a greeninto the first phase of development. caretaker. A café, training centreThe home building phase will begin and commercial space are also builtin 2011. into the development. Crucially, the project was built within the normalwww.sonomamountainvillage.com range of build costs demonstrating that One Planet Living can be achieved cost effectively. Sales at One Brighton are strong, in spite of the current market: the building will be fully occupied in 2010-11. www.onebrighton.co.uk10
  • 11. Jinshan and Chongqing, ChinaA strong environmental performance from China isessential if we are to tackle the global environmentalcrisis, so we are keen to work in this key country.Our reputation in China is growing, after workingwith China Merchants Property Development tocreate a One Planet Action Plan for the 5,000 homeJinshan development in Guangzhou. The completeddevelopment has seen a 65% reduction in energyconsumption, solar hot water for 500 homes andon-site waste water treatment to reduce waterconsumption by 36,000m3 per year. Following thesuccess of this project, we have been asked to takeforward the next phase so it meets full One PlanetCommunity status.In addition, BioRegional is now looking to develop aOne Planet Community in the region of Chongqing.We have recently been allocated a site, signed amemorandum of understanding with the regionalgovernment, and hope to secure a commitmentfrom a developer to start building such a projectover the course of 2010-11. Securing work inChongqing gives BioRegional a real opportunity toinfluence key decision-makers about the importance of sustainable living: the city is just one of four undercontrol of central government in Beijing.www.bioregional.cn What next? We are planning to set up new One Planet Communities on four continents by March 2012. By doing this, we will show that One Planet Living can be attractive, affordable and achievable anywhere in the world. In London, we continue our search for a regeneration site where we can create a flagship One Planet Community ideally connected with the 2012 Olympics site. 11
  • 12. One Planet CompaniesBioRegional is working with businesses, charities andother organisations to reduce carbon emissions andbecome truly sustainable.Many businesses now use our One Planet Livingframework to inform their business operations,while others, such as our main retail partner B&Q,have formally adopted the programme to becomeendorsed One Planet Companies.A number of smaller businesses are also keen toadopt sustainable working practices, and we provideonline support so they can do this. What next? BioRegional aims to transform the operations and customer offering of three One Planet Companies. We also plan to be working with one or more new retailers, business to business organisations and SMEs. In 2010-11 BioRegional will begin a follow- on three-year environmental partnership agreement with B&Q, with the aim of enabling the business to become a truly sustainable One Planet Company.12
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  • 14. Recent highlightsB&Q One Planet HomeWe are very proud of our close products, accredited bypartnership with B&Q, which aims BioRegional, as well as anto improve the sustainability of ecological footprint calculatorthe company and its customers. that we developed. Around 6,000 B&Q staff have now completed In terms of its own operations, the online One Planet LivingB&Q has achieved some training module, enabling themimpressive results to date. In 2009 to offer customers green advice. B&Q recorded a 16% absolute We have also recently developedreduction in carbon emissions a training pack for B&Q’s Ecoagainst its 2006 baseline. This Advisors: B&Q expects to havesets it well on the way to its target 1,700 of these sustainability gurusof a 90% reduction by 2023. in place by the end of 2010.B&Q is also working to help its www.diy.com/oneplanethomecustomers to achieve One PlanetLiving through a range of morethan 4,000 One Planet Home14
  • 15. One Planet Action Plan toolkitIn recent years a number of SMEs have asked usto help them with their sustainability strategies.In 2009-10 we road tested our toolkit designed tosupport such businesses. Some 300 organisationshave downloaded the toolkit so far and in 2010-11we aim for this to grow to more than 1,000.www.oneplanetvision.org “In the current financial climate any help or advice to cut costs is very welcome. If this also results in reducing energy usage it’s a win win situation” Julio Evaristo Abajo, Hackbridge business owner 15
  • 16. Enterprises to deliver susBioRegional takes an entrepreneurial and businessapproach to sustainability. Having envisaged and thendeveloped successful solutions, one way to see them thriveand grow is to establish “spin out” enterprises. BioRegionalhas established five associated companies. The Laundry The Laundry makes recycling cheap and easy for SMEs in central London. Its local recycle- and-buy-back loop reduces the eco-impact of paper use by 92% .This year we sold the business to BPR Group, where it will benefit from the support of a larger company while maintaining its bold branding and high standard of service. www.bprlaundry.co.ukBioRegional Charcoal CompanyEstablished in 1995, the BioRegional Charcoal Company (BRCC) began producinglocally sourced charcoal as an alternative to imported charcoal sold by nationalretailers. As well as having the benefit of using traditional woodland management techniques – which encourage biodiversity – our regional charcoal productionreduces carbon emissions by a massive 85% compared with imports.In 2009 BRCC sold 48,000 bags of charcoal aswell as firewood and kindling to major British retailers. The company is now exploring the idea ofestablishing a regional scale charcoal productionplant producing 1,000-2,000 tonnes a year, helpingthe business grow further.www.bioregionalhomegrown.co.uk16
  • 17. stainability BioRegional MiniMills BioRegional MiniMills was established in 1997 to develop a clean, small-scale paper pulp mill capable of using local and non-wood resources as part of a vision for sustainable local paper production. This would reduce pressure on world forests and ease water pollution. Trials at the Manchester pilot plant in 2009-10 tested the small-scale process we are developing to deal with the liquid waste produced by all pulp mills. It operated for up to a whole shift, with energy and chemicals recovered from the waste for re-use in the mill. During 2010-11 the team will focus on achieving continuous operation. We aim to roll out the technology to small mills in the UK and to Asia where water pollution from paper mills is a serious environmental issue. BioRegional Quintain Ltd BioRegional Quintain Ltd was established in 2005 to lead on building sustainable communities using the One Planet Living principles. During 2009- 10 the team completed the multi-award winning 172 apartment One Brighton community (see page 10) and began work on Riverside One, a 750 home, mixed use development in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. Both projects have inspired the local authorities concerned to use the One Planet Living approach across their boroughs (see page 3). www.bioregional-quintain.com BioRegional Forestry BioRegional Forestry grew out of BioRegional’s urban forestry work and now provides a sustainable forestry service across South East England. Customers include Richmond Park, The National Trust and the London Borough of Croydon. This year the team has focused on developing its firewood business - a grant from the South East England Development Agency will enable the company to supply more logs with greater efficiency. www.logsforlondon.co.uk 17
  • 18. One Planet ProductionBioRegional takes a deep green and visionary approach todeveloping mainstream sustainable production systemsand supply chains. We are currently focusing on threeimportant sectors – food, energy and construction –which together comprise just under half of a UK resident’scarbon and eco footprint.Recent highlightsOne Planet FoodIn 2009 BioRegional won funding for one of onlyeight Beacon Big Lottery Local Food Projects. Withmatched funding One Planet Food was launched.The project aims to increase access to local food inSutton. We work with local residents, communitygroups, suppliers and producers, encouraging themto grow their own produce and to shop locally.This major sustainable food project includes:• a mobile food market – The Veg Van – which takes fresh produce directly to customers• a local network linking local food producers, and integrating fresh food into local schools and hospitals • a community farm producing fresh fruit and vegetables for local delivery • a wide-reaching sustainability education programme, delivered by our project partner EcoLocal, on food growing and healthy eating. www.vegvan.org.uk www.suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk18
  • 19. Renewable energy supply chainsThis year we gained government funding for a projectto stimulate London’s demand for good qualitywoodfuel - in particular wood chip.To this end, we have been supporting a company inNorth London to develop a woodfuel processing andsupply hub and have been working with woodlandowners and tree surgeons as producers of wood. Ourteam has also helped local authorities to develop plansto install biomass boilers and purchase local woodfuel.Reducing waste in construction Construction materials make up one of our biggest waste streams. Over the year, we worked with the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) on a campaign to halve waste to landfill by 2012. So far 250 construction firms have joined. We also worked with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to develop an online tool to help designers design out waste. By providing an on-line toolkit, our newly christened Re:BUILD initiative has helped organisations across the UK to set up new projects selling reused construction materials to the trade and public. The Re:BUILD team has also partnered with ARC, a furniture and appliance reclamation organisation based in Croydon. Here we are working on the groundwith ARC to expand into collecting and selling reused building materials locally.www.reiy.net What next? In the coming year we will help to develop a holistic One Planet Food strategy for Sutton borough, work on plans to deliver zero carbon energy to Hackbridge and see the new Croydon Re:BUILD store open for business. 19
  • 20. Communicating One Planet LivingEveryone has a role to play in living sustainably. Ourcommunications programme helps individuals, organisationsand communities better understand the impact of theiractions. Our policy work helps those in power to grasp theopportunity to create sustainable living today.Exhibition centre and trainingBioRegional’s BedZED exhibitioncentre and tour programme allowsus to share our experiences withthe public, inspiring them to livesustainable lives.During 2009-10 around 2,500visitors from across the world cameto our centre at the eco-village.Recent funding from the Big Lotterywill enable us to improve facilitiesfor disabled visitors. Meanwhile, wetrained more than 350 people at ourcontinuing professional developmentworkshops.Consulting servicesThe BioRegional team continues We are proud of our clientto work on a variety of projects for satisfaction rate: our survey showedgovernment, private and voluntary that 100% of respondents are keensector clients in the UK, helping them to work with us again.to adopt and maintain sustainablepractices and procedures. www.bioregional.com20
  • 21. Influencing policyWe have been working with the LondonSustainable Development Commissionto publish research on how London can achieve a90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Thisthought-provoking report is the first of its kind to deal with consumption-based carbon impactson a city-wide scale and has already led to apolicy change: the Mayor has now committed todevelop methodologies to measure and report onconsumption-based carbon emissions.Further from home, in 2009 we participated in several high profile events around the world, including the UN’s Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP15). We alsopresented at the Copenhagen Klimaforum where 650 visitors pledged to makegreen changes to their lifestyles. 21
  • 22. London 2012BioRegional has been working closely with London 2012 since 2004 when we wrotethe sustainability strategy for London’s winning bid, supported by WWF-UK.We are now working on the Olympic Park Media Centre, where we are ensuringthat sustainability issues are embedded in the construction procurement processDuring 2009-10 we advised on a range of aspects, including the venue design,demolition and reuse of the Olympic Park. What next? BioRegional will continue to influence policy and practice. Specifically, we will make open source tools available on our website, enabling 50,000 individuals and organisations to transform their work and lives by March 2012. We also aim to bring about three national level policy changes by March 2012, and we plan to build capacity to showcase our solutions at major events such as the 2012 Olympics and the UN World Summit in 2012. In 2011 we will open the One Planet 2012 Experience at BedZED, an interactive exhibition telling the London 2012 sustainability story. This will move to the Athlete’s Village during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.22
  • 23. Our Finances in 2009-10 Unrestricted Restricted Totals Totals Funds Funds 2010 2009 £ £ £ £INCOMING RESOURCES Donations and grants 8,781 1,970 10,751 4,252 Gift Aid received from subsidiaries 52,773 - 52,773 183,000 Investment income 1,100 - 1,100 10,155 Primary purpose trading income 572,932 - 572,932 747,855 Charitable activities 192,970 342,714 535,684 380,880 Other income 644,522 - 644,522 527,508TOTAL INCOMING RESOURCES 1,473,078 344,684 1,817,762 1,853,650RESOURCES EXPENDED Costs of goods sold and other costs 15,145 - 15,145 41,076 Charitable activities 718,871 876,979 1,595,850 1,777,646 Governance costs 7,203 6,567 13,770 14,775TOTAL RESOURCES EXPENDED 741,219 883,546 1,624,765 1,833,497NET INCOMING/(OUTGOING)RESOURCES 731,859 (538,862) 192,997 20,153 Transfer between funds (593,828) 593,828 - -NET MOVEMENT IN FUNDS 138,031 54,966 192,997 20,153Fund balances at 1 April 2009 724,875 9,889 734,764 714,611Fund balances at 31 March 2010 862,906 64,855 927,761 734,764ReservesAt 31 March 2010 the charity had designated funds totalling £215,378 includedwithin the unrestricted funds balance. These unrestricted designated funds arecommitted for work in the next financial year. Fixed assets total £74,624. The free reserves end-of-year balance was £572,904, the equivalent to 5.1 months’unrestricted running costs. This was calculated by excluding unrestricteddesignated funds and fixed assets from the unrestricted funds total. BioRegional’s reserves policy is to have at least three months’ expenditure in unrestrictedreserves and to work towards having a contingency of six months.These figures are extracted from BioRegional Development Group’s full financial statements which have been audited by Mazars LLP Chartered Accountants. Fora full understanding of the charity’s finances, please refer to our full accounts available at www.bioregional.com or by emailing info@bioregional.com. 23
  • 24. Much of our work would not be possible without the help of our supporters.We would like to thank:The Ashden Trust, Awards for All, BioRegional Charcoal Company Ltd,BioRegional Quintain Ltd, B&Q, Codding Enterprises, Big Lottery Fund,The Body Shop Foundation, Capital Growth, Chevin Housing, Crest Nicholson,The City Bridge Trust, Cobb Charity, Department of Energy and Climate Change(Defra), Dischma Charitable Trust, The Dulverton Trust, Esmée FairbairnFoundation, Mrs Christine Eynon Number 8 Settlement, Feilden CleggBradley Studios, Hamamelis Trust, The JJ Charitable Trust, The John and SusanBowers Fund, The John Ellerman Foundation, LHC, London Borough ofSutton, The London Waste and Recycling Board, London Councils, London andQuadrant Housing, The Mark Leonard Trust, The Naturesave trust, NESTA,Pooran Desai, The Rufford Foundation, The Scotshill Trust, ERDF, SEEDA, The Skoll Foundation, Southern Railways, The St Marys Charity, Sutton andMerton NHS, Sutton CVS, Technology Strategy Board, Town and Country,Vertigo Sustainable Development Consultants, WWF UK, The WorshipfulCompany of Gardeners, The Wyndham Trust and WRAP. BioRegional Development Group Image credits: BedZED Centre Page 10 One Brighton, Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain, image courtesy of 24 Helios Road Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Wallington Page 13 B&Q SM6 7BZ Page 19 Andy Aitchison United Kingdom Page 22 Daniel Gifford t + 44 (0)20 8404 4880 f +44 (0)20 8404 4893 e info@bioregional.com www.bioregional.com Registered Charity No 1041486A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales 297322624