Business model

What does One Planet live from €?

One Planet is a non-profit foundation that works for the public good. We keep internal costs very low and work in project coalitions. Since 2006 we have run over 74 projects and earn money by, for example:

  1. Sales of new products and services developed with our partners e.g. FlexApartments.
  2. Investments in materials and time by partners who participate in our projects.
  3. A development contract from a youth-housing organisation to design, build and install a prototype modular studio for refitting office buildings.
  4. A subsidy from the municipal Future Fund make studio's more energy efficient.
  5. The sale of projects to entrepreneurs who take over our team and development, invest further and go to market as a new company, e.g. People 4 Earth.
  6. A three-year commission from the Province of Utrecht to help lead and organize the Op Kop project, whereby companies sign up to become more sustainable.
  7. A two-year assignment from the municipality of Amersfoort as program leader for the NME Arrangement; a series of local sustainability projects.
  8. A small % of funding for projects run under the legal and administrative responsibility of One Planet and use our facilities, network and other benefits.
  9. A grant from the Province of Utrecht for the roof-garden and Living Walls project.
  10. BMAP funds from Essent energy company for the EcoVilla project.
  11. A subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture for Echt Eten in Eemstad project.
  12. Income from organisations that share One Planet offices and facilities and contribute to expenses, maintenance and cleaning.
  13. Access to the customers of other companies; eg IKEA allowed us to recruit new members for Eemstroom energy cooperative inside the foyer of IKEA.
  14. Use of a government building through a property protection contract, whereby One Planet gets free use of the premises.
  15. Gifts in furniture and equipment.
  16. Free labour from a local social workshop to help build the Roof Garden


One Planet starts sustainability projects and provides a legal platform and workplaces where new ideas can be developed step-by-step into new products and services in the market.