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Carbon Finance helps Gyapa Cookstove project break records

Since 2007 nearly half a million GyapaTM stoves have been sold in Ghana, improving the lives of more than 2.4 million people and saving them over $40million in fuel costs. The GyapaTM stove technology cuts charcoal use by up to 50% and reduces harmful smoke emission and household air pollution. Introduced to Ghana in 2002, by EnterpriseWorks, a division of Relief International (RI/EW), GyapaTM is the most popular improved cookstove in Ghana and is now the largest locally produced improved cookstove industry in Africa and one of the largest cookstove carbon financing schemes under Gold Standard.

GyapaTM stoves are sold in four different sizes to accommodate domestic and commercial cooking needs, providing significant socioeconomic, environmental, and health benefits to stove users and their communities. By partnering with and investing in local entrepreneurs to manufacture, distribute and sell the stoves, the project supports over 400 independent producers and 500 retail agents throughout Ghana; with over 11,000 stoves currently being produced and sold each month.

But this is not charity.

ClimateCare helped unlock private sector finance for this project, which was registered as a carbon finance programme in late 2007. We continue to sell the resulting carbon credits to organisations around the world, which use the credits to offset their own unavoidable carbon emissions. This revenue stream is invested back into the project and we’re delighted to see private sector finance having such a positive impact on the lives of Ghanaian people.

“With the support of ClimateCare, carbon finance has enabled RI/EW to take a market based approach to the GyapaTM program in Ghana and turn it into a self-sustaining model for success across the sector.  ClimateCare’s unparalleled expertise in the carbon market has resulted in the continued sale of GyapaTM carbon credits which has provided the necessary investment for continued growth and success,” states Chip Levengood, RI Board Chairperson.

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ClimateCare has arranged the purchase and sales of VERs from the Gyapa project in Ghana since 2007.

Jaguar Land Rover win BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013

Congratulations to our partner Jaguar Land Rover, which has been awarded Business in the Community, Responsible Business of the Year 2013.

Read more about their integrated approach to sustainability here http://bit.ly/14MViGx

Contact business@climatecare.org or call +44(0)1865 591000 to find out how supporting our Climate and Development projects could be part of your sustainability strategy. 

ClimateCare News update

In June, experts predicted that the world’s biggest emitting nations would fail to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets. As a result, the Climate Action Tracker estimates a 3.8C rise in global temperatures this century. The consequences will be felt by people around the world. Whilst international talks remain inconclusive, ClimateCare clients are taking action now and showing the policy makers how it should be done.

The case for businesses across the world to show leadership by taking voluntary action on climate change has never been stronger. Customers, investors and governments alike are looking to corporations to safeguard a future for their business and the next generation.

Our clients find they can deliver more impact for money and demonstrate measurable responsibility for the environment and communities in which they operate, by supporting our integrated Climate and Development projects.

This can be as simple as offsetting carbon emissions to fund these projects, that protect the environment and improve people’s lives. However many of our clients also ask us to develop and deliver a more integrated approach to their sustainability strategy and use us to instigate partnerships with NGOs and governments in order to scale up their activity.

So whether you represent a Business, Government or NGO, if you’d like to be a part of this voluntary movement, call us now on +44(0)1865 591000 to discuss how we can work together.

Edward Hanrahan, Director

 

ClimateCare’s pioneering approach recognised through new Environmental Finance award

 

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ClimateCare was ranked Best Project Developer – Public Health in the Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Ranking. This prestigious peer voted award acknowledges the organisation’s integrated Climate and Development model for projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

“Our decision to create a ‘Public Health’ category in project development is in response to growing demand from offset buyers for projects that deliver measurable outcomes beyond emissions reductions,” says Mark Nicholls, Editor of Environmental Finance. “These projects, and the developers such as ClimateCare who have pioneered them, show how carbon market techniques – such as quantification, measurement, and cost-effective project development – can be applied to improving health in some of the poorest parts of the world.”

We’re particularly pleased that this award is from our partners who have taken this opportunity to vote for us and recognise our unique approach.

We’d like to thank every one of you, for your support.

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Talk to our experts to find out of if, by taking a different approach,  you could save money, increase the impact of your CSR initiatives and demonstrate measurable results that you can include in your sustainability reporting.
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ClimateCare offsets emissions for Sustainable Business and Edie.net 

Following a successful partnership across three events last year, Sustainable Business Magazine and edie.net have extended their agreement with ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to key events this year.

Travel by those attending six key events will be offset with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, a multi-award winning project selected by the UNFCCC to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries. As well as cutting carbon, the project delivers safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, which has the potential to dramatically improve health and protect the environment.

“We’re delighted to work with ClimateCare on two fronts” says Head of Events Mark Baker. “One, they are helping us take measurable action to make our events more sustainable – one more step towards ensuring our own business is sustainable as those we write about. Secondly, we hope that this partnership will allow ClimateCare to share their messages with our event delegates, stimulating new action and partnerships that will benefit everyone.”

Leading thinkers on Climate Change and Social Development choose ClimateCare as their offset partners. To follow their lead, call us on +44 (0)1865 591000. 

Gyapa Stoves project cuts record amount of Carbon 

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Since it was founded, ClimateCare has advocated integrated Climate and Development projects, designed from the outset to protect the environment and improve people’s lives. The Gyapa Stoves project, run by Relief International (RI), is an excellent example of this approach.

“RI manages the largest locally produced fuel efficient stove project in Africa and is pleased to work with ClimateCare as a pioneer in the Gold Standard methodology that makes it possible to fund ventures like Gyapa.” Chip Leavengood, RI Board Chairperson

The production, sale and use of these low-cost innovative stoves drive economic growth and reduces environmental impact. The stove reduces charcoal usage by up to 50%, reduces harmful smoke inhalation for the cooks and household and is more durable and safer than traditional stoves.

Since 2007, nearly half a million Gyapa™ stoves have been sold, improving the lives of over 2.4 million Ghanaians and saving them over $40.6 million in fuel costs. It has also created jobs for over 400 independent producers and 500 retail agents throughout Ghana.

Having helped structure finance for this project, we’re delighted to see it cutting a record amount of carbon and having such a positive impact on the lives of local people. To continue, projects like this need on-going funding through sales of carbon reductions.

To offset your emissions with this, world leading Climate and Development project, contact business@climatecare.org
How to unlock business funding for development projects

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A key part of our work is bringing together public/private sector partnerships through innovative funding models for sustainable development.
In a recent article for the Science and Development Network, SciDev.net, ClimateCare Director Edward Hanrahan explains how results-based financing can help the private sector engage in development.

We have also been investigating new types of financing facility and a report we produced together with Climate Change Capital and Fauna & Flora International proposes the creation of a ‘Perpetuity Fund’ – to provide concessional finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries – Thinktank Perpetuity Funds

Whether you want to structure funding for your project or fund measurable outcomes for people and the environment, call us to discuss your requirements on +44 (0)1865 591000.
Want to take action in the UK?

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ClimateCare is working exclusively with leading UK charity the Woodland Trust, to offer our customers a unique opportunity to offset their emissions and take action to support important habitat creation in the UK. This can be a great way to engage staff, customers and suppliers in the UK with your international activity to protect the environment and improve lives.

Call us now to find out how we can help you on +44(0)1865 591000.

Improving lives in Honduras

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We are proud to partner with Proyecto Mirador, a great example of the integrated style program that ClimateCare advocates. Distributing fuel efficient cookstoves, the project cuts carbon emissions, improves health by reducing toxic fumes and saves families money on fuel bills.
For example, just one low-cost, 5-year Dos por Tres stove uses about half the wood of a traditional stove, removes most toxic smoke and soot particles from inside homes and can offset about 70% of the annual carbon footprint of an average American.

This Gold Standard project is based in rural Honduras, where over 65% of people live on less than $2 a day [i] and have limited access to medical care and safe water. It provides substantial health and economic benefits to families and has already created 14 local microenterprises and indirectly, more than 100 jobs.

Supporting this project will be of particular interest to organisations that want to demonstrate positive action in Central America and new research, underway with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will further quantify the health and social development benefits delivered to local communities.

[i] International Fund for Agicultural Development, Poverty figures for 2010 (IFAD)

Contact us now to support this leading Climate and Development project.

Generating clean power in Kenya

Or PowerOur team in Nairobi is delighted to announce that two projects that it has been working on for Kengen, the national electricity generating company in Kenya, have been registered with the Clean Development Mechanism. Currently under construction, the two geothermal plants will come on line in 2014 and 2015.

They will increase power generation capacity in Kenya by around 20% and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 million tonnes a year. Geothermal power is Kenya’s indigenous form of clean, reliable, renewable electricity. You can see a video about a similar project we worked on here.

ClimateCare has an experienced team in Kenya, which is also working for the likes of DfID, the Belgian Development Agency and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.

If you would like to find out more about what the team can offer you, please email tom.morton@climatecare.org or call him on +254 728 218 183. 
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Call the ClimateCare team now on
+44 (0)1865 591000, to discuss how
you can get involved with innovative
climate and development projects.

Kenya Airways encourage their customers to offset flight emissions

This month, Kenya Airways explain how they work with ClimateCare and IATA (the International Air Transport Association) to help customers offset their flight emissions.

Each customer that does so, helps to support an innovative project that brings many benefits to local wildlife and communities in Kenya, as well as cutting carbon emissions.

Read more on page 50-57 of the Kenya Airways customer magazine – http://www.ta-emags.com/V1/KQ/M90/

You can calculate and offset your flight and other unavoidable emissions on our website – https://www.climatecare.org/home.aspx

Tom Morton reviews the African Carbon Market in Carbon Finance Magazine

ClimateCare Director Tom Morton, reviews developments in the African carbon markets and how  these are evolving in a period of uncertainty.

Carbon Finance magazine have kindly given permission for us to republish this article here: AFRICA feature in Carbon Finance

The article is copyright to Carbon Finance magazine. To sign up for the magazine, please visit their website.

Find out how ClimateCare partner Jaguar Land Rover is tackling carbon emissions

Jaguar Land Rover has reduced its overall impact on the environment by 25% over the past five years. Find out how offsetting carbon emissions with ClimateCare is part of their integrated approach in this case study on Guardian Sustainable Business.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/jaguar-land-rover-carbon-cutting?INTCMP=SRCH

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Businesses continue to invest in projects that improve lives and protect the environment

An annual state of the market report launched today, shows that businesses across the world continue to see the value of investing in projects that reduce carbon emissions, protect the environment and improve people’s lives, as a way to demonstrate industry leadership and take responsibility for their impacts.

Over the last year alone, the private sector has channelled $523million into projects that cut carbon emissions and $80 million of this, specifically into projects that distribute clean cookstoves and water filtration devices. These projects cut carbon, but also protect local forests, create jobs and improve health, for example by reducing families’ exposure to toxic fumes.

“ClimateCare is known for these integrated Climate and Development projects” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan. “This report confirms our confidence in the intentions of businesses to take real responsibility for their climate impacts, and to fund action on climate change through integrated projects that deliver real positive impacts on people’s lives.”

According to the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Report 2013, the private sector contracted 90% of all emission reductions in the voluntary carbon market in order to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and industry leadership. In addition, the report noted that business are working more closely with project developers, to ensure that projects deliver both the environmental and social benefits they are looking for.

 “Over recent years we have seen a strong interest from international businesses in our integrated Climate and Development approach.” Says Hanrahan. “Our clients tell us that whilst they are initially attracted to ClimateCare by our world leading projects, as they work with us, they increasingly value our ability to tailor projects to deliver the specific, measurable outcomes they require, alongside our focus on bringing people together, to create innovative public/private/NGO partnerships that scale up activity and provide a win, win for everyone – business, people and the environment.”

 

State of the Voluntary Carbon Market Report 2013

The report, supported by ClimateCare, was launched at Carbon Expo in Barcelona, where ClimateCare Director Edward Hanrahan was on the panel.

 The report’s executive summary is available at: http://www.forest-trends.org/vcm2013.php

The full report will be made freely available at the same link in late June

Gyapa Stoves project cuts a record amount of carbon

Since ClimateCare was founded, it has advocated integrated Climate and Development projects, designed from the outset to protect the environment and improve people’s lives. The Gyapa Stoves project is an excellent example of this approach. Having helped structure finance for this project, we’re delighted to see it cutting a record amount of carbon and having such a positive impact on the lives of local people. It’s exactly the type of result we hoped for when we first wrote the Gold Standard methodology and made it possible to fund projects like this through carbon finance.

Read more – http://www.gyapa.com/1/post/2013/05/our-new-gold-standard-carbon-credit-milestone.html

ClimateCare’s pioneering development of integrated Climate and Development projects is recognised through new Environmental Finance award

ClimateCare was today ranked Best Project Developer – Public Health in the Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Ranking. This prestigious peer voted award acknowledges the organisation’s integrated Climate and Development model for projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

“Our decision to create a ‘Public Health’ category in project development is in response to growing demand from offset buyers for projects that deliver measurable outcomes beyond emissions reductions,” says Mark Nicholls, Editor of Environmental Finance.

“These projects, and the developers such as ClimateCare who have pioneered them, show how carbon market techniques – such as quantification, measurement, and cost-effective project development – can be applied to improving health in some of the poorest parts of the world.”

ClimateCare has focussed on projects that deliver multiple outcomes since 1997, writing the Gold Standard Methodology that allowed carbon finance for clean cookstove projects and later adapting it for safe water projects.

“It’s not about theory, but demonstrating and instigating real action on the ground” explains ClimateCare Director, Tom Morton

“We work with public and private sector delivery partners, designing and implementing world-first Climate and Development projects. Collaboration is key to find solutions that work for people and the planet. We’re therefore particularly pleased that this award is from our partners who have taken this opportunity to vote for us and recognise our unique approach. We’d like to thank every one of them for their support.”

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Sustainable Business Magazine, edie.net and ClimateCare strengthen ties to help organisations take measurable action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets.

Following a successful partnership across three events last year, Sustainable Business Magazine and edie.net have extended their agreement with ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to key events this year.

Travel by those attending six key events will be offset with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, a multi-award winning project recently selected by the UNFCCC to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries. As well as cutting carbon, the project delivers safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, which has the potential to dramatically improve health and protect the environment.

“We specialise in helping businesses, governments and NGOs take a smart approach to tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges, increasing impact and making best use of their social investment budget” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan.

ClimateCare has fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world. It is well known for its integrated Climate and Development solutions, which deliver multiple positive outcomes for communities across the world, as well as creating innovative partnerships between public and private sector.

“We’re delighted to work with ClimateCare on two fronts” says Head of Events Mark Baker. “One, they are helping us take measurable action to make our events more sustainable – one more step towards ensuring our own business is sustainable as those we write about. Secondly, we hope that this partnership will allow ClimateCare to share their messages with our event delegates, stimulating new action and partnerships that will benefit everyone.”

ClimateCare representatives will be available at each event, to discuss delegates’ sustainability challenges and explore ways they can take cost effective action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets. Or you can contact the ClimateCare team directly on +44 (0)1865 591000 or by visiting www.climatecare.org

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is an independent ‘profit for purpose’ organisation committed to tackling climate change, poverty and development issues. Our unique climate and development model funds ground-breaking projects spanning renewable energy, water purification and clean cookstove technology, cutting emissions and transforming millions of lives worldwide. We enable organisations to adopt a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions and supporting sustainable development. Find out more at www.climatecare.org

LifeStraw Carbon for Water

This short video that explains how the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project works – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o0Fsv6O8FE

edie.net

More than a million professionals use edie.net every year to stay up-to-date with the latest news, information and analysis. From legislation and compliance updates, innovation and technology advances and exclusive market intelligence to the latest commentary, debate and expert opinion and interview and case studies highlighting best business practice.

Our editorial content directly addresses the issues that affect companies, making it an invaluable resource for an increasingly influential audience of decision makers across the spectrum of small, medium, large and enterprise-sized companies in the UK.

www.edie.net

Sustainable Business

As the UK’s number one digital climate change and sustainability magazine for business, Sustainable Business drives the agenda for firms looking to take advantage of the low-carbon economy – and helps them to make it happen.

The events covered by this partnership include:

Sustainability Communications Forum

21st May, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

www.sb-communications.net

Energy Management Forum 2013

14th May, One America Square Conference Centre, London

www.sb-energy.net

Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement
27th June, 76 Portland Place, London

www.sb-supplychain.net

Sustainability Leaders Forum 2013

21st November, Hotel Russell, London

www.sustainabilityleaders.net