We’ve already crossed 4 out of 9 planetary boundaries…

Back in in 2009, 28 scientists came up with the One Planet concept. Briefly, they set nine ‘planetary boundaries’ that we must not cross if we want humanity to develop and thrive into the future. But we’ve already broken four out of nine of these limits: on biodiversity, fertilizer use, land-use change and climate change. We’re consuming our resources so rapidly that we are causing serious, perhaps irreversible, environmental damage.

From One Planet Thinking to One Planet Action

One Planet Thinking is a program that sets safe and fair sustainability targets for the planet. It uses the five most important planetary boundaries for companies in food and agriculture. Based on this approach, Alpro is launching a pioneering project, the One Planet Action program, to set water and biodiversity targets together with our expert partners WWF and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Alpro is proud to pilot the #oneplanetaction programme

Oneplanetaction pilot 1:
Growing Spanish almonds while respecting the local fresh-water boundary

The use of water raises complex, local issues. Context-Based Water Target-Setting addresses these issues in each area. In our pilot program, we selected a number of Spanish almond farms around the River Ebro. Together, our research team and local farmers are collecting data so that we will better understand our water footprint in the region. We will get answers to questions such as: How much water is needed for a healthy ecosystem? Who are the other stakeholders in the region? What are the local practices and policies? Learn more about our almond cultivation in Spain here

By the end of 2018:

  • We’ll be able to set meaningful, science-based targets
  • We’ll have a water reduction roadmap in place for almond cultivation

Oneplanetaction pilot 2:
Growing soy and almonds while respecting local biodiversity

In this project, we’ll examine our biodiversity footprint in our soya fields in France and almond orchards in Spain. Together with the IUCN research team and Alterra (Wageningen University), we’ll examine the factors that put biodiversity under pressure, from carbon emissions and land-use change to the use of fertilizer and water. In general, the greater the pressure, the greater the biodiversity loss.

By the end of 2018:

  • We’ll understand how cultivating soya and almonds relates to the loss of biodiversity
  • We’ll establish a roadmap for reducing biodiversity loss and ensuring a healthier ecosystem