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New Standard Launched to Help Businesses Make Clear, Credible Claims around Climate and Sustainable Development Contributions

 

Gold Standard for the Global Goals will enable businesses that support life-changing climate and development projects to measure and report verified impacts toward climate security and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Geneva, Switzerland, 10 July 2017.  Gold Standard today launches Gold Standard for the Global Goals, a new standard to quantify, certify and maximise the contributions of climate and development initiatives toward climate change mitigation and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The standard is set to help those who fund life-changing climate and development projects around the world – including corporates, impact investors and government bodies – measure the full range of benefits they have contributed to and report credible, verified impacts to their customers and other stakeholders. Supported by WWF and other international NGOs, it is also anticipated that the best practice standard will protect businesses against accusations of ‘green-washing’ as well as open up new avenues of funding for large-scale programmes, like green infrastructure and sustainable supply chain interventions around the world.

Marion Verles, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Standard, said: “More and more, we see major corporations making commitments to climate and other SDG targets, yet many are struggling to accurately measure and report their contributions and then translate this into language their stakeholders understand. Our new standard captures what people really care about. Beyond lowering greenhouse gases, we’re reporting impacts such as the creation of new jobs, access to clean energy and water, better health, and the protection of natural habitats. This opens the door to new opportunities to communicate credible impacts and allows businesses to receive the recognition they deserve.”

Established by WWF in 2003, Gold Standard sets the best practice benchmark for climate projects, ensuring the highest levels of environmental integrity and sustainable development in carbon markets. To accelerate progress toward the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, Gold Standard will now certify a range of independently-verified SDG Impacts in addition to its flagship carbon credits.

Edward Hanrahan, CEO of Climate Care, a partner in the delivery of the new standard, said:

ClimateCare is delighted to continue its partnership with Gold Standard to support their pioneering work in standards and methodology innovation; now moving from climate finance instruments to a broader set of development outcomes that deliver against the Global Goals. ClimateCare’s approach to delivery of multiple sustainability objectives in its development projects has been a hallmark of our approach for some time; now with the Gold Standard for Global Goals, ClimateCare clients will be able to obtain certification under the Gold Standard for these broader impacts. And since the standard can also be applied within companies’ own sustainable supply chain projects, we see this as a game-changer and look forward to continued close collaboration.”

All projects certified under Gold Standard for the Global Goals must contribute to at least three SDGs, including SDG 13 – Climate Action. Rigorous requirements and safeguards, local stakeholder engagement, and the use of independent, third-party auditors guarantee that funders are supporting real emissions reductions and verified SDG impacts, protecting businesses against accusations of ‘green-washing’. Informed by years of experience and the latest research, Gold Standard has also introduced new safeguards to ensure that gender equality is at the heart of every project.

Gold Standard is partnering with the UNFCCC Secretariat – the body responsible for delivering the Paris Agreement – to develop a range of methodologies, tools and guidance to assist companies and sub-national governments in setting voluntary sustainability targets and assessing the SDG impacts of their initiatives.

Thomas Vellacott, CEO of WWF Switzerland, said: “We’re seeing an emerging risk of corporates simply re-branding their CSR efforts to match the SDGs. What WWF would like to see is clear, consistent and comparable performance from one business to another. Gold Standard for the Global Goals provides real metrics and credible methodologies to accurately measure and report on SDG contributions.” 

WWF, EcoAct and ClimateCare are strategic partners in the development and delivery of Gold Standard for the Global Goals.

Get in touch to find out how ClimateCare can help you structure a project based around the Global Goals:

Media contacts:

Sarah Leugers, Director of Communications for Gold Standard

sarah.leugers@goldstandard.org

+41 79 896 9652

About Gold Standard

Gold Standard is a standard and certification body that works to catalyse more ambitious action for climate security and sustainable development. It was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on the dual mandate to foster sustainable development. Now with more than 80 NGO supporters and 1400+ projects in over 80 countries, Gold Standard projects have created billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.

About Gold Standard for the Global Goals 

To keep global warming well below 2oC and meet the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action cannot be one-dimensional. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gases must also help the world develop on a sustainable pathway—providing access to clean energy and water, good health and nutrition, secure livelihoods, and thriving ecosystems. This means that climate and development interventions must be holistic and high-impact, allowing every dollar invested to deliver as much as possible.

Gold Standard for the Global Goals is designed to accelerate progress toward climate security and sustainable development. This next-generation standard enables initiatives to quantify, certify and maximise their impacts, while enhanced safeguards, holistic project design, management of trade-offs and local stakeholder engagement ensure the highest levels of environmental and social integrity. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that these results are measured and

verified, allowing us to track progress toward the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more: www.goldstandard.org

Twitter: @cdmgoldstandard

About the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement

Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end global poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change. The Paris Agreement, integrated with the SDGs, sets an ambitious but crucial target to keep global temperature rises this century below 2oC above pre-industrial levels.

The estimated market opportunity that comes from meeting the SDGs is $12 trillion, yet the SDGs will fail in the face of severe climate change, which could lead to turbulent weather systems, sea-level rises, severe droughts and community displacement.

Even if all governments manage to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions set under the Paris Agreement, global temperature rises this century are still on track to fall between 3oC and 4oC. The United Nations has therefore called on the private sector to play a major role in meeting the SDGs and keeping global temperature rises below 2oC.

 

ARUP JOINS INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE CLEANER AND SAFER COOKING TECHNOLOGY TO COMMUNITIES IN KENYA

Partnership with ClimateCare will support community engagement in Kenya and deliver significant carbon savings

London, UK. Arup is pleased to announce its partnership with ClimateCare to bring the benefits of energy efficient, clean cooking technology to 100,000 people in Kenya over the next three years.

Today, three billion people across the developing world cook on open fires or rudimentary cookstoves. The new energy efficient cookstoves provided through the ClimateCare Arup partnership, reduce exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, a primary cause of respiratory disease.

As a result of burning charcoal more efficiently, the cookstoves provide a measurable reduction in carbon emissions. The carbon emissions saved will equate to a third of Arup’s total global carbon emissions.

Modern energy efficient cookstoves are available in Kenya – but are financially out of reach to many. Using ClimateCare’s revolving fund model, low-income households will be able to buy this life-improving technology, by accessing low interest loans. The fund model allows for a longer term, systemic approach to providing support, allowing many more people to access the technology than would otherwise be possible.


Photo credit: BURN Stoves

Once the loan is paid a household can save between $150 and $250 a year on fuel – which goes a long way as the average income per capita is just $250 per month.

Edward Hanrahan, CEO at ClimateCare stated “We are delighted to be partnering with Arup on the delivery of this integrated sustainability programme which will deliver robust and measurable outcomes to benefit the world’s poorest communities, and deliver against the UN’s Global Goals”

Caroline Ray, Regional Director for East Africa, at Arup, commented “Our intention was to find a way to set up a new project that would deliver sustainable development and community engagement specifically in Kenya.  We’re excited to be involved in this initiative which we believe will deliver tangible, measurable benefits to both local communities and the environment”.

 

Get in touch to see how ClimateCare could create a similar programme for your company:

Notes to editors

About ClimateCare

As a certified B Corporation, we believe that to tackle climate change, poverty and create sustainable development, we need interventions that deliver on a holistic basis. We help the public and private sector work together to create award-winning Climate+Care programmes designed to tackle poverty, improve health and protect the environment, whilst delivering value for the organisations involved.

We unlock new sources of finance by helping corporates take full responsibility for their social and environmental impacts and helping the public sector deliver more efficiency for its spend. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful sustainability initiatives in the world. To date we have worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 16.5 million people.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare

 

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 92 offices in 40 countries our 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.

www.arup.com

Press enquiries and image requests

ClimateCare: Sophie Brooks

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: sophie.brooks@climatecare.org

Arup: Fiona Fitzgerald

Email: media@arup.com

ClimateCare & edie extend partnership to support clean cooking

Speaker and delegate travel offset at all edie sustainability conferences for the next 12 months

July 2017

Oxford, UK: ClimateCare and edie are pleased to announce that they have extended their partnership for another year, to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to edie’s sustainability conferences for the next 12 months.

This year’s collaboration builds on ClimateCare and edie’s five-year relationship to offset travel emissions associated with edie’s conferences. Last year, supporting ClimateCare’s Gyapa stoves project, edie improved the lives of 450 people in Ghana, through the offset of 100 tons of carbon.

ClimateCare’s Gyapa stoves project brings energy efficient, clean cooking technology to low income households in Ghana. Household adoption of these clean cookstoves reduces exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, a primary cause of respiratory disease, improving the health of the cooks, typically women and children.

The clean cookstoves are designed to allow food to be cooked more quickly and require 50-60% less fuel, saving families money and protecting Ghana’s forests, which have one of the highest rates of deforestation in Africa. Stoves are manufactured locally, allowing specialist skills to be developed bringing additional income to businesses within the Gyapa supply chain.

Mark Baker, director of events at edie, said “At edie we encourage sustainability leaders to come together to share innovation and discover how to do business better. For this reason, we consider it incredibly important to lead by example, ensuring our conferences are run as environmentally and socially responsible as possible. This is why we have continued to offset carbon emissions on behalf of our speakers and delegates with ClimateCare.”

Edward Hanrahan, ClimateCare CEO commented, “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with edie again this year. edie’s sustainability conferences encourage much needed discussion around the role that business must play in tackling climate change and delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Ensuring that the carbon footprint of edie’s delegate travel is balanced with investment into the Gyapa Stoves project, sends the message, adopted by sustainability leaders, that the environmental costs of business operations must be accounted for.”

The Gyapa Stove Project in Ghana delivers against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get in touch to find out how you can offset your carbon footprint with ClimateCare

CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES 3 YEARS ON: INTERVIEW WITH CLIMATECARE’S KOMAL SINHA ON CSR TRENDS IN INDIA

Komal Sinha shares her insight into how the mandate is performing, the challenges it has created for corporates, and how they should respond.

Komal Sinha, Head of Partnerships, ClimateCare India
Contact Komal directly:
Email:: komal.sinha@climatecare.org
Phone: +91 9703302525

3 years into CSR compliance under the Companies Act 2013, how has it performed?

The Act is really starting to have an effect on Indian companies’ commitment to CSR. In the past year alone, a recent report  indicated a 25% growth in expenditure on CSR by the top 100 listed firms[1]. However, to meet the Indian government’s desired social change targets, there is still work to be done.

What are the key challenges companies have been facing when implementing CSR programmes?

One of the biggest challenges for corporates has been finding the right trusted implementation partner, to effectively deploy funds that address the root of the problem for target communities and effectively measure project impacts.  Today 62% of businesses are working with an implementation agency to spend their CSR budget[2]. There are over 100,000 implementation agencies in India, but only a few of these have the relevant experience – so it is hardly surprising therefore, that selecting a credible and experienced partner to implement a programme from end to end which  aligns with your  business strategy has been a daunting task.

How should a company identify the best project and area for their business?

A good project is scalable, sustainable in long term and addresses the needs of the communities on ground. To ensure these three objectives are met, a corporate should focus on the following:

  • Identify programme impacts that resonate with the corporate’s own business objectives.
  • Identify the right partners that have expertise in setting up projects to deliver stated impacts
  • Identify the needs of the target communities, ideally through a partner, before rolling out a programme to ensure that the end users are benefitted through the programme.

What should companies look for when  selecting the right partner?

In my opinion the critical factors to consider when finding a good partner are:

  1. Credibility in terms of expertise in implementing long term, end to end programmes with systems in place for impact assessment as well as the connection with the communities on ground. Many corporates have come to ClimateCare because of our extensive experience and ability to implement scalable and sustainable programmes from end to end that maximize social and environmental return on investment.
  2. Capability to implement a programme starting with a needs assessment of the target community, baseline assessment, deployment of financial models that are scalable and sustainable, period review, monitoring and controls with the knowledge and ability to apply globally approved benchmarks for measuring and reporting impacts and social return on investment. This is the approach ClimateCare applies to every programme we implement.

What are the current CSR trends and have you seen any noticeable changes?

Our experience with programmes and partners on ground, as well as recent reports[1] suggest the most noteworthy trends and changes to be:

  1. Education and skill development continue to attract the most CSR spend followed by poverty alleviation, water, health and sanitation and environment sustainability.
  2. There is a skewed geographic distribution of spend – understandably companies want to support projects in their neighbouring areas. However, this is a missed opportunity, as widening the geographical range to where there is significantly greater need for social investment can make much greater impact.
  3. Largest CSR spenders continue to be banking and financial services, IT/ITES, Energy, metal and mining sectors.

Are companies measuring and reporting the impacts from their programmes?

We are seeing more companies placing emphasis on impact assessment as opposed to only compliance and implement, but there are still gaps in the robustness and value of the assessment measurements taken. Companies are still focused on reporting “outputs”, for example, number of schools provided with safe water. A much more valuable measurement is the long-term effectiveness of a project.

An example would be ClimateCare’s Safe Water for Schools programme where we not only measure the number of schools provided with drinking water, but go a step further to report the lives improved from the programme – by the litres of safe water provided, increased awareness amongst students of safe water practices and improved health, leading to improved attendance in schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would your advice be to corporates?

  1. Take a strategic approach and make CSR add value to your business – CSR spend presents an opportunity to add value to your business while addressing critical social problems. For example, a beverage company, working with tea growers in its own supply chain, could provide access to clean cooking and off-grid energy solutions, improving the household income, health and access to education for the farmers and their families and building resilience in the company’s critical supply chain.
  2. Find the right partner – Due diligence should focus not just on an implementation partner’s credibility but also their competency and expertise in implementing a programme that is scalable, measurable and has a strong community connection.
  3. Consider impact assessment a game changer for CSR – I believe companies will soon realise that a programme cannot be successful unless impacts on the ground are measured effectively.
  4. Treat the CSR mandate as a guide not a rule set in stone – Moving away from only compliance to investing in projects that bring real self-sustaining impacts for communities,  allowing programmes to continue after the corporate support ends.

Get in touch to see how ClimateCare can help you design and implement a robust and measurable CSR programme, that brings value to your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] http://indiacsr.in/top-100-listed-companies-increase-their-csr-spend-by-25-per-cent-iias/

[2]  http://ngobox.org/media/India%20CSR%20Outlook-Private%20Companies%20CSR%20Projects%20Report%202017.pdf

Account Director (Client Services)

Location: Oxford, UK

Full time, permanent

Salary: Dependent on experience

Reports to: Head of Partnerships

An exciting, high profile opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading businesses, delivering pioneering sustainability programmes that protect the environment, improve lives and deliver real business value for our clients.

ClimateCare, Oxford, UK

ClimateCare is a certified B-Corporation. From offices in the UK and Africa we work with hundreds of organisations to deliver integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve lives. To date we’ve improved life for over 6 million people whilst cutting 16.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.  And we’ve set ourselves the ambitious target to improve a further 20 million lives around the world and to cut a further 20 million tonnes of CO2 – all by 2020. We’ll do that by working with leading organisations who share our vision, values and determination to achieve sustainable development for all.

Our team of experts deliver:

  • Corporate CSR programmes – which deliver multiple environmental and sustainable development outcomes alongside business value
  • Project development – establishing new sustainable development projects which tackle climate change and improve lives, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
  • Carbon reduction and offsetting
  • Robust impact measurement – reporting impacts and value delivered to our corporate partners.
  • Bespoke communications support – enabling our clients to tell their sustainability story and the impact of their work with us
  • Employee engagement – creating bespoke programmes to effectively engage our partner’s employees in corporate sustainability

To build on our success and help us drive forward our ambitious plans, we are now seeking a talented, influential Account Director with outstanding communications skills and a track record of successfully delivering and growing client accounts, to join our Oxford team.

The Account Director will:

Take Responsibility

  • Take overall responsibility for the successful management and development of their clients
  • Act as a respected and trusted strategic advisor to clients
  • Plan resourcing across the business to deliver requirements
  • Manage a client services team, developing their skills and experience and ensuring all clients are provided with a consistently high standard of service

Project manage delivery

  • Ensure all work developed and presented is on brief and in keeping with the client’s objectives
  • Make sure all projects are managed effectively by the wider team and delivered on time and on budget, and communicate any changes that may occur affecting delivery
  • Provide accurate financial forecasts
  • Manage all necessary administrative paperwork including status reports, contact reports and invoicing.

Develop new business

  • Prepare a clear annual plan for the development of key accounts to achieve agreed financial targets
  • Pro-actively develop ideas and proposals to drive the clients’ business forward and develop new business – drawing on the wider team as required
  • Work with our business development team to input into proposals and ensure smooth transfer of new business opportunities

About you

To be a success in this role you need to be ready to hit the ground running. You’ll need exceptional communications and influencing skills, with the ability to quickly and effectively build relationships across an organisation.

Working to support both our Head of Partnerships and Director of Marketing and Communications, you’ll take responsibility for ensuring delivery across our main client accounts – coordinating colleagues to oversee corporate sustainability programmes for our corporate clients, and helping them communicate their programmes to staff and external stakeholders.

As well as being a compelling influencer and exceptional project manager, as part of a small team you’ll be happy to roll up your sleeves and get involved with delivery. You’ll have direct experience in demonstrating and reporting value and impacts to corporate partners and in delivering communications to clients to demonstrate the value of their engagement with us.

Motivated and proactive, you’ll be competent in managing your time and able to juggle multiple projects and priorities. And you’ll be able to successfully balance effectively delivery whilst being able to see the ‘bigger picture’ and overarching strategy too.

Like us, you’ll have a passion for what we do, will share our vision and values and will thrive on the opportunity to successfully expand our existing corporate partnerships to help us achieve our 2020 targets.

As such, you’ll have a proven track record of successfully securing, maintaining and growing client accounts and be highly capable when it comes to crafting proposals and pitching to secure further business.

You’ll need to occasionally work unsocial hours and be prepared to travel within the UK. Occasional travel outside the UK to our international projects – for example to lead an employee engagement programme or facilitate a project visit – may also be required.

In summary, you’ll have:

Essential:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in an Account Director or senior account management role.
  • Experience working with clients to develop and implement internal and external communications plans
  • Strong influencing and communications skills
  • Excellent relationship building and relationship management skills
  • A proven track record in successfully managing and expanding client accounts
  • Experience of managing multiple client accounts simultaneously – coordinating colleagues and ensuring delivery against agreed client activity plans
  • Significant project management experience
  • A passion for tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development and a personal commitment to our vision and values.

We particularly welcome applicants with:

  • Experience gained in a fast-paced consultancy or communications agency
  • A background in sustainability, international development or corporate social responsibility. A relevant degree or professional qualification is preferred, but not essential.
  • Experience of managing and mentoring a team

Share our passion and think you’re the perfect addition to our team? Send us your CV and a one-page covering letter explaining why you want to join us and why you’re the perfect fit for this role to business@climatecare.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

ClimateCare collaborates with Linklaters to help them achieve carbon neutral status and improve 100k lives

Oxford, UK. Climate and sustainable development specialist ClimateCare is pleased to announce they have worked with Linklaters LLP, one of the leading global law firms, to make its global operations carbon neutral in financial year 2016-17.  ClimateCare helped Linklaters to offset its unavoidable emissions by selecting a highly charismatic project to support, which aligns well with the company’s broader corporate responsibility strategy which aims to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Linklaters chose to support one of ClimateCare’s flagship projects – Gyapa Efficient Cookstoves – which brings energy efficient clean cooking technology to low-income households in Ghana. This project was selected because it enables a raft of both carbon and broader sustainable development outcomes. The Gyapa stove cooks food more quickly, requires 50-60% less fuel, cutting carbon emissions and reducing exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, thus improving the health of the cooks, who are typically women and children.  Cutting fuel requirements saves families money and importantly, protects Ghana’s dwindling forests – a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa.

“This collaboration is a great example of how we work with corporates to help them take full responsibility for their impacts, using our Climate+Care approach. The Gyapa project not only generates substantial emission reductions, but also delivers health, economic and social benefits to some of the world’s poorest families”, commented Edward Hanrahan, CEO of ClimateCare. “The specific investment Linklaters has made improves the lives of over 100 thousand people, through improving incomes and bringing significant health benefits”.

Commenting on why Linklaters took the strategic decision to go carbon neutral, Leilani Weier, Senior Manager EHS & Operations said, “In 2015, 191 governments covering 98% of global emissions agreed in Paris to keep global temperature rise below two degrees to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.  Without businesses supporting this global effort, alongside national governments and individuals, this crucial target won’t be achieved. This means every business, no matter what size or shape, has a part to play and Linklaters is no exception.”

Linklaters is offsetting its unavoidable emissions for the last financial year.  However, the company has also been taking steps over the last ten years to measure and reduce its operational emissions. And relative to 2010, achievements include carbon emission reductions from firm-wide electricity use of 36% and business travel by 10%. Nevertheless, operational emissions reductions are becoming harder to achieve, making offsetting the natural next step for the business.

In an earlier survey of Linklaters employees across the world, 86% of respondents said they were in favour of offsetting the firm’s unavoidable emissions.  To launch the carbon neutral strategy internally, ClimateCare attended an informal lunchtime session in the staff restaurant to demonstrate the Gyapa stove, and answer questions from over 300 staff about the project.

The Gyapa Stove Project in Ghana delivers against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get in touch to find out how you can become Climate Neutral with ClimateCare

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIGHTS UP ONE MILLION LIVES IN KENYA

  • Jaguar Land Rover announce ‘Lighting up Lives’ collaboration with sustainability experts ClimateCare to bring safe and clean light to 1.2 million people in East Africa
  • Collaboration commits to empowering communities with affordable technology that changes lives, giving families up to four hours more light each evening and replacing hazardous kerosene fuel
  • Project showcased at Hay Festival this week with immersive storytelling sessions designed for children and their families
  • Festival guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind ‘Night Time Sun’ art installation designed to showcase the power of the sun to transform lives

Hay Festival, UK, 28 May 2017:  Jaguar Land Rover and ClimateCare today announce a partnership to bring clean solar technology to off-grid communities in Kenya. This innovative social impact programme, called ’Lighting up Lives’ supports children like 14-year old Franklin Kishsta, a pupil at Kasooni School, Kalawa, Kenya. Franklin is just one of more than one million people living in isolated or off-grid communities who will benefit from the programme. “I finish all of my homework now” said the boy who dreams of becoming an engineer one day, “before I could not do it at home when it was dark. I know my parents are much happier now, and so am I.”

Using kerosene light creates hazardous indoor pollutants, one of the biggest causes of premature death in Africa. Jaguar Land Rover believes that renewable solar technology offers an affordable alternative. Education improves as children like Franklin can study, read and stay up to play after dark. Women enjoy greater opportunities to work and learn. Living conditions in homes are healthier and safer, and incomes improve.

Helen McLintock, Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This exciting new venture is exactly the type of programme that Jaguar Land Rover wants to lead on in the future. Using technology for good and supporting the power of engineering to improve lives and help to build a cleaner future. Our purpose is to make responsible business relevant to everyone. By sharing our skills, our technology, our people and our passions we can make a difference to people’s lives and prosperity.”

Edward Hanrahan, ClimateCare CEO, said: “We are focused on helping corporates take responsibility for solving key global challenges – through the delivery of integrated sustainability programmes with robust and measurable outcomes that benefit the world’s poorest communities, and deliver against the UN’s Global Goals. We believe businesses have a vital role to play in supporting the Global Goals and Jaguar Land Rover is an excellent example of the contribution corporates can make.”

Lighting up Lives is particularly relevant to Jaguar Land Rover’s own operations and commitment to a zero emissions future. It recently announced a move to 100% renewable electricity for its UK facilities and has installed the UK’s largest rooftop solar array at its Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands. It fits with an ambition to drive sustainable, innovative growth not just for the business but for communities around the world including Kalawa, Kenya.

The Storytelling Nook

At this year’s Hay Festival, Jaguar Land Rover has created the Storytelling Nook – a unique storytelling venue where the company and ClimateCare are running daily immersive sessions for children to learn about Lighting up Lives including video, sound and storytelling from Kenya to show the transformative impact of solar power in rural communities.

Guest storytellers will include:

  • Veronica Lamond, author of illustrated children’s stories about Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers
  • Aunty Kiko, award-winning playwright and Kenyan children’s author
  • Celebrated British polar explorer Ben Saunders who will talk about the importance of solar in his 2013-14 expedition and share a reading of his upcoming Ladybird book, Shackleton
  • Three ‘Science of Solar’ sessions will also be held on Wednesday 31 May. Aimed at children aged eight to 14 the sessions have been designed in collaboration with solar expert Chris Jardine from Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

Lighting up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

When: Every day, Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June 2017 at 10am

Ben Saunders Storytelling – Saturday 27 May 4pm

Lighting up Lives: Science of Solar Workshop

When: Wednesday 31 May, 2017 at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm

Night Time Sun

As a visual celebration of the sun for Hay Festival goers, Jaguar Land Rover has commissioned a unique art installation illustrating the power of the sun to transform lives. ‘Night Time Sun’ is an ambitious installation designed to cast its light over festival-goers as the sun sets each night.

Get in touch for more information about how we can help you implement a sustainability programme which adds value to your business and supports the UN Global Goals.

 

CLIMATECARE EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH BURN IN KENYA TO ISSUE GOLD STANDARD CARBON CREDITS

May 25th, 2017

Oxford, UK.  ClimateCare is pleased to announce it has extended its partnership with stove manufacturer, Burn Manufacturing, to widen access to affordable, energy efficient cooking stoves in Kenya.

The programme uses climate finance to support the manufacture and distribution of Burn’s market leading ‘Jikokoa’ stove, that dramatically reduces charcoal consumption and diminishes the negative environmental and social impacts of cooking.

Household adoption of clean cooking stoves reduces exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, a primary cause of respiratory disease, improving the health of the cooks, typically women and children. The stove’s innovative ‘natural draft’ technology reduces fuel consumption and cooking time by up to 50%, freeing up income which would have otherwise been spent on fuel.

Peter Scott, CEO, at Burn said, “The programme has already supplied over 200,000 clean cooking stoves, impacting the lives of over one million people in Kenya and generating saving of more than 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. A household can save between $150-$250 a year on fuel, which goes a long way in Kenya, especially when considering 42% of our customers exist on less than $2 a day. Additionally, we have created more than 400 jobs, including 125 in our solar powered manufacturing factory – 50% of which are occupied by women.”

Today, 68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel and charcoal also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests. Burn’s fuel efficient cooking stoves, have a key role to play in reducing this impact on the environment.

Carbon reductions under this project have been measured and independently verified by Gold Standard, which have issued a further 150,000 tonnes of VER credits, now available to purchase exclusively through ClimateCare.

Tom Morton, ClimateCare’s Director in Kenya stated, “Biomass, in the form of wood and charcoal, is the largest source of primary energy in Kenya. We are delighted to partner with Burn, whose innovative factory outside Nairobi is making very high quality cookstoves, that are transforming how Kenyans cook. By purchasing Gold Standard credits from this project, companies will not only reduce carbon emissions, they will finance a world-leading community-impact project that delivers against a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: reducing deforestation, tackling fuel poverty and reducing household air pollution.”

The Burn Stove Project in Kenya delivers against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To support the Burn Stove Project or to understand how offsetting can benefit your CSR programme, contact the ClimateCare team today.

CLIMATECARE WINS CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR IN 2017 BETTER SOCIETY AWARDS


May 12, 2017

Oxford, UK. Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare is delighted to announce it has won the Consultancy of the Year in the 2017 Better Society Awards.

Now in their third year, the Better Society Awards, hosted by Better Society Network, are the showcase for excellence that celebrate the efforts that commercial companies make in order to help create a better society.

ClimateCare’s Director of Client Services, Sophie Brooks, collected the award on behalf of the company, at last night’s Better Society Awards Gala, in London.

Brooks commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award, as it recognises the value our Climate+Care sustainability programmes deliver for businesses. We are focused on making the most effective use of our clients’ budget, to deliver programmes with robust and measurable outcomes that generate substantial emission reductions, while delivering health, economic and social benefit to the world’s poorest communities.”

ClimateCare works with corporate and government partners to deliver high quality, integrated sustainability programmes, that deliver against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enabling them to take responsibility for their environmental and social impacts, whilst delivering value for the organisations involved.

Amongst many programmes ClimateCare delivers in partnership with businesses, the award recognised its pioneering revolving fund model, designed to support low-income households in Sub Saharan Africa to afford life improving products such as clean, energy efficient cookstoves and solar energy systems. ClimateCare’s revolving fund is structured to be recycled, allowing the funds to continue to support further households and communities on an on-going basis – scaling impact and delivering impacts cost-effectively.

Working from offices in the UK, Africa and India, to date ClimateCare has worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 16.5 million people.

For more information about how ClimateCare’s Climate+Care programmes can add value to your business or to find out how you can support our innovation revolving fund, contact us using the form below.

ClimateCare helps SThree to achieve Climate Neutral status

Oxford, UK.  ClimateCare is pleased to announce that it has helped partner SThree, the established STEM industries recruitment specialist, to become a Climate Neutral business for the first time.

SThree has taken their greatest environmental step forward to date, by offsetting their entire carbon footprint through the Panama Wind Project in India. The project provides essential support to India’s emerging renewable energy sector, and brings heath and infrastructure benefits to rural communities.

Marie Broad, Head of CSR at SThree commented, “We are incredibly proud to have become Climate Neutral. We worked with the ClimateCare team to select the Panama Wind project because of the positive impact it brings to the environment and local communities in India”.

Climate action has been part of SThree’s CSR strategy since 2010. During this time, in collaboration with ClimateCare, SThree have supported projects around the world that cut carbon, and deliver social impacts to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Edward Hanrahan, ClimateCare’s CEO stated, “We are delighted to have supported SThree to take this extra step and achieve their Climate Neutral status. At ClimateCare we are focused on robust and measurable outcomes, and always work to make the most effective use of our clients’ budget, to deliver programmes that generate substantial emission reductions, alongside health, economic and social benefits.”

The Panama Wind Project in India delivers against multiple Sustainable Development Goals:


 

 

To support the Panama Wind Project in India, one of the other projects in our global portfolio or to understand how offsetting can benefit your CSR programme contact the ClimateCare team today.