In early 2023, the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) won funding from Innovate UK’s Funding Competition called Net Zero Living: Pathfinder Places. The aim of the programme is to support up to 30 places to develop a plan, with local authorities, to accelerate their transition to net zero. In phase 1 each participant must develop innovative solutions to overcome barriers to implementation. Successful projects from phase 1 will then be invited for phase 2 to deliver their proposals.
The SDNPA teamed up with OnePlanet to deliver their Project: ‘Pathfinder Parks: Modelling a common framework to track and accelerate progress towards Net Zero in National Parks using the OnePlanet Platform.’ The project was supported also by Lewes District Council and the Ouse Valley Climate Action (OVCA) Partnership.
The overall aim is to develop a new, joined up approach to accelerating Net Zero in National Parks and Areas of Natural Beauty using OnePlanet’s innovative technology solutions. Key outcomes include:
This project has enabled us to test how the platform can operate at scale with many connected plans and users. This brought up new but exciting challenges for us.
The use of the OnePlanet platform is central to delivering a joined-up approach for tracking and driving progress towards net zero across different sectors whilst also meeting other key social, health and environmental outcomes.
The OnePlanet platform achieves this through: