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Aviva PLC becomes first insurance company to join UN Climate Neutral Now campaign, on their ten-year anniversary as climate neutral

April 10th 2017

London, UK. Aviva PLC, the UK’s largest insurer and a global provider of life and general insurance, has become the first insurance company to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now campaign reaffirming their commitment to maintain their zero-carbon operational stance. The company has worked closely with climate and development experts ClimateCare to deliver a multi-faceted carbon offset programme which is designed to deliver outcomes beyond carbon off-setting.

“The need for action on climate change has never been greater and we are delighted to see Aviva joining organisations including Microsoft, adidas and Sony that are not only taking action to tackle climate change themselves, but who champion the need for action and encourage others to do the same,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

On the release of Aviva’s 2016 Annual Report & Accounts which integrates the company’s risks, opportunities and progress on climate change, Kirsty Cooper – Aviva’s Group General Counsel and General Executive sponsor of Aviva’s responsible and sustainable business approach commented “As an organisation whose business and customers are already being directly impacted by climate change, we see the need for all businesses to take urgent action to reduce and offset their carbon impacts. We hope that by joining a UN level international campaign we will encourage other organisations to understand the vital importance of measuring, reducing and offsetting carbon emissions to help tackle climate change now.”

The company has also been measuring its operational carbon for nearly two decades and seeking ways to reduce impacts through focused property management, use of energy efficient technologies, and the purchase (and more recently generation) of renewable electricity.

“We see this work as part of our role to be a ‘good ancestor’. It is also aligns with our business imperative to reduce risk and ensure our long-term business viability,” explained Aviva’s Head of Sustainability, Zelda Bentham.  “In concert with our offsetting strategy, Aviva has also worked hard over the last 6 years to reduce our core carbon emissions and is proud to announce it has achieved a 46% reduction in its global emissions compared with its 2010 baseline”.

In 2006, Aviva became the first global insurance group to offset its entire operational emissions, so this month as it announces its 2016 annual sustainability results, the company celebrates 10 years as a carbon neutral organisation. The company works closely with ClimateCare to invest in a carbon offset programme designed to both reduce carbon emissions and measurably improve lives – tackling poverty, improving health and stimulating employment.

“In 2014 ClimateCare and Aviva applied the LBG framework to Aviva’s carbon offset programme, enabling us to measure the positive impact the programme had on people’s lives” comments Edward Hanrahan, CEO of ClimateCare. “This best practice approach creates a blue print for other organisations to follow”.

Contact us to find out more about what Climate Neutrality means for your business.

Press and image requests:

Contact: Tania Sherahilo, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000




Oxford, UK: Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare has been shortlisted for the Consultancy of the Year Award in the 2017 Better Society Awards, for a second year. Organised by the Better Society Network these awards assess and reward commercial organisations that are helping create a better, more equal, ethical and sustainable world.

Robert Stevens, ClimateCare’s Head of Partnerships said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award for a second time. This continuing recognition of our Climate+Care programmes highlights the value our unique business approach to sustainability delivers for businesses. At ClimateCare we are focused on robust and measurable outcomes and make the most effective use of our clients’ budget, to deliver programmes 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, enabling them to take responsibility for their environmental and social impacts, whilst delivering value for the organisations involved. 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 contact us.

ClimateCare and Gold Standard partner to deliver a new standard that helps companies contribute towards the Global Goals


Strategic partnership based around a shared vision to catalyse action on climate change and sustainable development at scale

Oxford, UK & Geneva, Switzerland

27th February 2017: ClimateCare and Gold Standard have formed a strategic partnership based around a new global standard aimed at ensuring project investment directly delivers against the Global Goals.

In September 2015, the UN announced a new set of Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which include ending poverty, improving global health, ensuring gender equality and mitigating climate change by 2030.

It has been widely acknowledged that the private sector will be integral to the provision of the finance required to meet the public sector funding gap to meet these ambitious targets.

The climate finance and development sectors already play a vital role in cutting global emissions and impacting positively on climate change. However, if we are to meet the ambition of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action projects must demonstrably target and deliver a broader set of environmental and social impacts.

As the leading global standard and certification body for climate and development projects, Gold Standard has long ensured that projects deliver genuine emission reductions and effect long-term sustainable development.

ClimateCare is the leading provider of high quality charismatic development projects that protect the environment and improve people’s lives. It brings expertise and innovation to structuring project financing, based around a broader set of development outcomes than carbon emission reductions alone.

“ClimateCare is uniquely placed to help bring Gold Standard for the Global Goals to market, as they have already undertaken a number of projects on behalf of corporate clients with funding structured around beyond-carbon development outcomes” comments Marion Verles, CEO of Gold Standard. “ClimateCare will play a vital role as we look to partner with leaders in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility to deliver the new standard,” she continues.

“We have been enthusiastic supporters of the Gold Standard and its pioneering work in standards innovation for many years. So we are delighted to be extending that relationship from climate finance instruments to broader development outcomes that deliver against the Global Goals” said Edward Hanrahan, CEO of ClimateCare.

“ClimateCare’s pioneering work developing a world-first framework with Aviva and the London Benchmarking Group in providing robust social impact demonstrates strong alignment with the Gold Standard’s focus on the Global Goals, and we look forward to evolving this type of work in collaboration with them.”

ClimateCare will support Gold Standard in promoting the new standard, and will form part of a coalition of corporate partners enhancing Gold Standard’s thought leadership position in this area.

Gold Standard is re-engineering its best practice standard into an approach that integrates all types of climate and development projects into a unified, holistic standard to maximise impacts. With a single, streamlined certification process that reduces costs and complexity, Gold Standard for the Global Goals will assess the impact of project activities toward the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets and indicators, allowing demonstration of real progress toward meeting the ambition of the 2030 global development agenda.

Sale of Proceeds Portfolio
As part of the partnership, ClimateCare will also be taking on exclusive management and sale of Gold Standard’s own portfolio of carbon credits from Gold Standard projects. Corporates wishing to support Gold Standard projects from its own portfolio, or develop new projects to support the Global Goals using Gold Standard verification should contact ClimateCare.


About ClimateCare

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.

About Gold Standard

Gold Standard is a standard and certification body that works to catalyse more ambitious action for climate security and sustainable development. Its holistic standard, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, enables activities that protect the climate and empower local communities to maximise, quantify, and verify their impacts. Gold Standard 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.

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Sophie Brooks, ClimateCare
Tel: +44 (0)1865 591015

Co-op Insurance leads the way with its new carbon offset programme

In a UK first for the insurance market, Co-op Insurance is leading the way with its new carbon offset programme, which from today sees it offset a proportion of its motor and home insurance customers’ carbon emissions, as standard.

As of today, every customer who purchases a new policy directly through Co-op Insurance, will see 10 percent* of their motor or home carbon emissions, for the first year of their policy, offset through carbon reduction projects in the developing world which have added social and environmental benefits, at no extra cost to them.

The projects invested in are independently audited and verified to internationally agreed standards:

  • For each motor policy Co-op Insurance will offset 10% of customers’ cars carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions  in the first year by supporting the provision of cookstoves in Ghana that are up to 50% more efficient than the stoves they replace. This cuts fuel requirements, frees up time and reduces CO2  The cookstoves replace less efficient cooking methods such as open-burning of wood, coal or animal dung which cause more indoor pollution and release more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, as well as contributing to deforestation through the need for higher levels of wood for charcoal fuel.
  • For each home policy, Co-op Insurance will offset 10% of customers’ home energy CO2 emissions in the first year by helping to fund LifeStraw water filters that provide safe drinking water to families in Kenya. LifeStraw water filters require no electricity, and mean there is no need to boil water to purify it. This cuts CO2emissions whilst helping to protect families from waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea – the third leading cause of death among children and adults in Kenya.

This launch is one part of Co-op Insurance’s commitment to do business ethically. The Co-op sources 99% of its electricity from renewable sources (including its own wind farms) and has reduced its direct carbon footprint by 43% since 2006. We also have an Ethical Policy for investment of customers’ insurance premiums. This covers human rights and international development, as well as issues of animal welfare and our impact on the environment.

Since 2006 Co-op Insurance has been offsetting customer emissions through its specific ‘Ecoinsurance’ motor policy: through which Co-op customers have offset more than a million tonnes of CO2 to date. This launch goes further, including a carbon offset as standard on all new home and motor policies purchased directly through Co-op Insurance.

Mark Summerfield, CEO of Co-op Insurance said: “We were one of the first businesses to recognise and respond to the impacts of climate change, since then we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions from our operations, purchased renewable electricity and have offset more than a million tonnes of carbon since we first introduced carbon offsetting on our products 10 years ago”

“We are now offering a carbon offset as standard on all home and motor policies in the first year, at no extra cost to our customers, and are making sure to choose offset projects that are checked to a stringent standard and have added benefits in the developing world, whether that’s contributing to the local economy, protecting people’s health, or reducing deforestation”

“We all have a part to play in addressing the pressing issue of climate change, and through this new offer we’re making it easier than ever for Co-op customers to make that choice”

Robert Stevens, Head of Partnerships at ClimateCare said: “We are proud to expand our long-standing partnership with the Co-op – a business that continues to lead the way by placing values and ethics at the very core of its purpose. This new, ground-breaking offer not only enables Co-op Insurance customers to offset their carbon emissions, it will improve health and livelihoods in low-income communities across Africa.”

To find out how ClimateCare can work with you to design market-leading offset programmes, get in touch.

*Motor: Calculated from the average UK passenger car emitting 2.4 tonnes of CO2 travelling an average of 7,900 miles per year, based on 2015 figures.

Home: Calculated from the average UK home emitting 4.8 tonnes of CO2, based on 2015 typical household energy consumption from Ofgem and 2015 DEFRA conversion factors.

For press enquiries please contact:

Sarah Dawson

Press Officer – The Co-op Group

Tel: 0161 201 3444/07702506126


Jenna Moss

Press & Media Relations Manager – The Co-op Group

Tel: 0161 767 4354/07770 441 828


Sustainable Leaders can futureproof by offsetting

Last week’s Edie Sustainable Leaders Forum brought together the great and the good of the sustainability and corporate responsibility sector to discuss how businesses can help solve the critical issues facing society and the planet.

Our sector is never short of a few buzzwords with which to bamboozle the rest of the sustainably-uninitiated. From purpose-led missions, to natural capital valuations, and onwards towards becoming net positive and creating shared value, the conference was awash with the latest thinking in the world of sustainability.

One recurring theme which is in no way transitory, was the critical role of business in making both the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. Speaker after speaker stepped up to echo the view that now is the time for business to step up and really drive the sustainability agenda. And a key weapon within business’ armoury in achieving that goal is mobilising sustainable finance and the capital markets to help facilitate the low carbon transition.

The tool most frequently cited by everyone – from Aviva to Aecom to Diageo – as being critical to this process was carbon pricing (both internal and external mechanisms) and energising the carbon markets.

Strange then that one highly successful existing mechanism for pricing carbon emissions and creating flows of sustainable finance – the option for companies to take full responsibility for their own emissions by investing in sustainable development projects that have a direct impact both on global carbon emissions as well as delivering against many of the SDGs – was not really explored as a solution during the debate.

Perhaps it is because carbon offsetting has been dropped from the current sustainability lexicon, making room instead for some of these newer, more hashtag-able terms.

And yet carbon and development projects that result in carbon credits tradeable on the open market are a tried and tested way of mitigating climate change. Offsetting offers companies and individuals the opportunity to compensate for their unavoidable emissions whilst they and the world of innovation is working out ways in which to eliminate them altogether.

ClimateCare is 20 years old this year and our philosophy and commitment to combatting the effects of climate change hasn’t changed in any fundamental sense since our inception.  In our experience, tackling climate change requires rigorously tried and tested solutions that require both a long-term commitment and a focus on real impact measurement.

Over the past two decades we have developed or supported projects which collectively have reduced more than 20 million tonnes of carbon, and improved the lives of over 15 million people.

As David Schofield of Aviva said yesterday, “the key test of success in CSR is to ask yourself whether you are going to be proud of the decision you made to do something in 20 years’ time?”



Sophie Brooks, Director of Client Services, ClimateCare

ClimateCare seeks a talented and self-motivated graduate

Title: Graduate Trainee/Office Manager

Location: Oxford

Salary: Competitive

Type: Full time


Do you want to get an insight into how a sector leading B Corp is tackling the sustainability challenge head on? ClimateCare has the perfect role for you.

ClimateCare is an established and market-leading B Corp, dedicated to applying market-based mechanisms to tackle the joint challenges of climate change and sustainable global development. We’ve been pioneering this approach since 1997 and are now in a new and exciting phase of growth. To help us achieve our goals we’re looking for some dynamic and capable talent to join us.

We are passionate about what we do, and have created an open, supportive, environmentally focused but commercial culture that encourages innovation and rewards hard work. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a hardworking and self-motivated person to join ClimateCare. This is a role with lots of responsibility and room for personal growth.  You will be based in our Oxford office and be confident, highly organised and full of initiative.


About the role:

The role has two parts. The first is a core set of responsibilities, which include acting as first point of call for all incoming enquiries to ClimateCare – answering the phone and checking the office email. The amount of time you’ll spend on this core set of responsibilities fluctuates, but it rarely takes up more than two days a week.

The rest of your time will be spent aiding teams across the business, with the intention of spending focused time in different divisions. You’ll get the chance to learn applied skills like developing carbon portfolios for clients, managing project credit purchases, developing proposals and potentially managing some ClimateCare clients of your own. Through this part of the role, you’ll get exposure across the business, and will learn how the business works.


Core responsibilities include:

  • Answering the phone and handling general (often complex) enquiries
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Organising office maintenance and repairs
  • Undertaking general office duties such as scanning, typing, filing and sorting & distributing post
  • Housekeeping
  • Troubleshooting IT problems with support from an external consultant
  • Monitoring the business mailbox and responding to queries
  • Organising the Company’s offsite events

Additional responsibilities could include:

  • Managing and documenting project and proposal information
  • Developing portfolios with the portfolio team, liaising with project suppliers and proposing pricing
  • Assisting with transactions including negotiating and contracting
  • Undertaking research to support teams across the business – from researching new markets to understanding the latest trends
  • Attending, and potentially speaking, at external events on behalf of ClimateCare
  • Contributing ideas to new and existing business proposals
  • Providing support to the marketing and communications team

About you


  • Proactive approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with capacity to work well as a team and independently
  • Ability to manage a high work load effectively, and establish priorities routinely
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Highly numerate with good working excel skills
  • Strategic and tactical decision making weighing up financial returns with meeting client requirements and winning tenders
  • Ability to generate and maintain excellent and productive external relationships
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • The ability to input into and drive forward contractual discussions

To Apply

Please send your CV and a brief covering letter to ‘Graduate Position Application’ in the email title and where you saw the advert.

Please name your CV and covering letter with the format firstname_secondname_CV and firstname_secondname_covering letter.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01865 591 000.

Thank you, and good luck!

Press Release: Orb Energy Programme is the first voluntary solar lighting and water heating programme in India to issue Gold Standard carbon credits

Orb Energy has partnered with climate and development experts ClimateCare, to widen access to solar energy in rural and semi-urban areas in India, where awareness and uptake remains low.

The programme uses climate finance to support sales, installation and critical after-sales service for solar energy systems across India. Access to affordable finance also helps overcome initial up-front investment costs, and local sales teams work with households and commercial businesses to find the best system to meet their energy needs; whether that’s heating water, or powering lights, fans, refrigeration, or even full factories.

High quality product installation and regular preventative maintenance visits are provided by Orb’s country-wide network of technicians, to ensure householders know how to use their solar energy systems and where to reach in case of any problems.

“This programme has already helped to create 400 skilled jobs, particularly in rural areas, and led to the sale of more than 100,000 solar energy systems. Orb’s approach of establishing branches closer to our customers and providing regular preventative maintenance visits has paid off in terms of customer satisfaction, and positive word of mouth, and we appreciate the key role that the Gold Standard and Climate Care have played in helping us finance this unique infrastructure” says Damian Miller, CEO of Orb Energy.

Carbon reductions under this project have been measured and independently verified by Gold Standard, which has today issued more than 61,000 Gold Standard VER credits, now available to purchase exclusively through ClimateCare.

“This project relies on income from companies who purchase carbon credits to offset their own carbon footprint. By purchasing credits, companies will not only reduce global carbon emissions, they will invest in a world leading community impact project that delivers against multiple Sustainable Development Goals – creating employment, tackling fuel poverty and reducing household air pollution.” explains ClimateCare’s Partnerships Manager for India, Komal Sinha.


Solar energy gives homes and enterprises greater control over their own energy supplies and at the same time reduces reliance on fossil fuels, helping to tackle climate change. By investing in a solar solution, Orb customers save money on their energy bills – for example household electricity bills can be reduced by more than 50% when solar water heating is installed, while SMEs can achieve a 3 to 4 year payback on a complete rooftop solar solution that powers their entire operations.

ClimateCare expects this project to appeal to international companies with operations or supply chains in India, and local organisations, who want to support a community impact project that is delivering positive outcomes for India’s people and the economy, as well as the planet.

“Supporting this Orb Energy project provides an opportunity for sustainability-minded companies to make a meaningful contribution to the urgently needed low-carbon transition, while changing lives in some of India’s most rural communities. A shining example of the multidimensional impacts of Gold Standard projects”, says Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard.

Interested companies should contact the ClimateCare team on +44(0)1865 591000 or email

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Sophie Brooks, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000


ClimateCare seeks Corporate Communications Manager

Title: Corporate Communications Manager

Location: Oxford, UK

Type: Full-time

Salary: Dependant on experience

Closing date: 20th January 2017

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a communications professional to join ClimateCare, an established and market leading business in the climate and sustainable development market.

You will be responsible for developing and delivering ClimateCare’s corporate communications strategy including delivering effective PR, securing presence at events and managing our online and social media activity.

Through effective management of stakeholders, the provision of guidance, templates and support you will ensure the ClimateCare brand is represented consistently and in a way that is aligned with our core purpose and values at all times.


Main Purpose of the Role

The main purpose of the Corporate Communications Manager is to develop and deliver an integrated communications strategy for ClimateCare that:

  • Maintains and enhances ClimateCare’s brand awareness & reputation
  • Demonstrates our expertise and thought leadership in the fields of climate and sustainable development
  • Positions ClimateCare as the ‘go to’ organisation for corporates who want to take responsibility for their climate and social impacts
  • Supports delivery of our lead generation campaigns and activity.
  • Supports our clients, using their stories to inspire others and creating measurable business value for them and for ClimateCare.


Key Functions

  • Lead the development and implementation of innovative and effective communication strategies which deliver positive results, in support of corporate objectives and priorities.
  • Manage Media Relations, being a first point of contact for journalists:
    • Develop media relationships with sector specific, national and international media.
    • Proactively source and generate media stories and provide/ maintain a forward planner.
    • Research, write and distribute media releases.
    • Set up and manage interviews
    • Ensure that the media contacts database is accurate and up to date.
    • Keep up to date with relevant stories in the media and maintain lines to take.
  • Manage our social media presence, including Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook, to grow our presence and following.
  • Manage and maintain the ClimateCare website, making regular updates and improvements to content and function.
  • Write and issue regular e-newsletters that engage existing and potential customers.
  • Manage our presence at events and secure speaking opportunities to maximise opportunities to increase our profile.
  • Manage our relationship with key partners and influencers to ensure positive collaboration opportunities
  • Provide supporting materials for partners, including writing publications, articles and blogs.
  • Maintain efficient and transparent processes, including regular measurement, evaluation and reporting of activity.


About You

You will already have experience managing the Corporate Communications function, preferably in the Corporate Sustainability, Environment, Sustainable Development or NGO space. You will have experience of all aspects of the marketing mix and have had direct responsibility for hands on delivery of PR, website and social media activities.

Experience of working in a fast growth, start-up or entrepreneurial business would be an advantage.

You will have:

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a corporate communications role
  • Direct experience of the full communications mix
  • Proven ability to write concise, relevant and engaging copy for different audiences
  • Experience of working constructively with multiple stakeholders to achieve results and build positive relationships
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with thoroughness, accuracy and an eye for detail
  • A relevant degree and/or professional qualification

You will:

  • Be a self-starter, with very strong organisational and interpersonal skills, self-belief, attention to detail, and ability to work under pressure whilst handling multiple work streams.
  • Enjoy working within a small team, but with absolute responsibility for your deliverables
  • Be a team player, keen to work in partnership with others both within the organisation and external stakeholders


To Apply

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. Applications by 5pm on Friday 20th January 2017 to We look forward to hearing from you!

New Research shows ClimateCare project is reducing black carbon by up to 91%

For the last two years, ClimateCare has worked with DFID to promote the sale and distribution of clean burning ethanol stoves in Kibera, the biggest informal settlement in Kenya. Now a study shows that in addition to providing significant benefits for the climate, this project is also reducing health risks associated with black carbon emissions.[1]

Black carbon is a Short Lived Climate Pollutant, and reducing it can make an immediate impact on climate change. However, it has also been identified as a leading health risk factor in the developing world – being associated with deadly cardiovascular and respiratory diseases such as lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia.[2]

Inefficient cookstoves and dirty fuels are responsible for about 25% of the world’s Black Carbon emissions[3], so an assumption was made that the provision of clean burning Safi stoves (which are on the highest rank (Tier 4) in terms of performance)[4] should have a significant impact.

ClimateCare worked with Climate Solutions Consulting to undertake a Black Carbon Emission Factor Measurement Study for Ethanol, Charcoal and Kerosene stoves in Kibera.

“The outcome of the study indicates that per unit of energy delivered to the cooking pot, the Safi ethanol stove reduces the climate impact associated with black and organic carbon by 91% compared to the kerosene stove and by 83% compared to the charcoal stove,” says Olivier Lefebvre, Founder of Climate Solutions Consulting.[5] The study establishes that the greatest health impact is for households who switch from charcoal to ethanol.

These staggering results not only validate the positive social and environmental impacts delivered through this particular project, but help build the case for future activities to grow the market for Tier 4 cookstoves across the developing world.

Contact us using the form below to find out more about the study , or the positive impacts of clean cooking programmes.

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ClimateCare seeks Head of Voluntary Client Portfolios in Oxford or London

Title: Head of Voluntary Client Portfolios / Senior Voluntary Portfolio Manager, depending on candidate’s experience

Location: Oxford preferred, or London with periodic visits to the Oxford office, UK

Salary: Competitive – dependent on experience

Type: Full time


About Us

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation.

From offices in the UK and Africa we work with businesses, governments and civil society to deliver integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve lives.

Our unique combination of project development experience and financial expertise is built over 19 years and coupled with a focus on delivering robust, measurable results.

To date, we have deployed over $100 million to deliver social and environmental impacts. We’ve already improved the lives of over 6 million people, reduced 16.5 million tonnes of CO2, and set an ambitious vision for 2020.

Find out more at


Carbon Portfolio Management

A core part of many successful companies’ sustainability strategy continues to be the reduction of carbon emissions and also further voluntary investment into carbon reducing projects elsewhere to compensate for their emissions. ClimateCare manages this process, helping businesses contribute to a wide array of low carbon projects in the developing world.

Our clients have diverse and specific preferences for the low carbon projects in which they invest or support, typically requiring a portfolio of several projects. In order to ensure ClimateCare can always deliver against the required carbon and environmental/development outcomes of our clients’ programmes, the Portfolio team must always have access to new projects and programmes.

The team works with our extensive network of project partners and suppliers to fulfil these portfolio elements via the purchase of voluntary carbon credits. We also work with other market intermediaries to sell our exclusive partner projects to the wholesale market.

We are a small team, but pivotal to the fulfilment of the carbon side of the business.


The Role

A rare opportunity has arisen for an outstanding individual in ClimateCare’s Portfolio Team:

This senior voluntary portfolio position is a pivotal role, sitting in between the projects and carbon supply market and business clients. It is a highly accountable management role, covering client portfolios and fulfilment, and our wholesale business. Reporting into the Financial Director, and responsible for the work of the voluntary client portfolio team.

Key responsibilities will include:

Generate wholesale transactions

  • Generate and implement a proactive wholesale strategy, building and maintaining good relationships with wholesale market buyers to meet business targets
  • Respond quickly to wholesale pricing requests and oversee fulfilment of sales
  • Identify and pursue new wholesale opportunities, structuring deals appropriately

Create new portfolios for prospects and existing clients

  • Accountability for production of all carbon or other environmental project or portfolio proposals to deadlines, following briefs or specifications and working with the business development & client management teams to agree the most effective sourcing strategy
  • Price proposals for all client options and portfolios weighing up specific client portfolio and financial requirements with the long term goals of their portfolio and the benefit to ClimateCare
  • Source project credits from existing ClimateCare partnerships and the wider market
  • Working with the Operational Executive, obtain, maintain and manage the flow of all project information required by the wider teams
  • Manage portfolio risk for key clients

Control the supply of carbon project credits

  • Build and maintain good relationships with key existing and new suppliers/project developers, holding periodic update meetings where required
  • Develop an excellent knowledge of current voluntary carbon credit market pricing and supply availability
  • Seek new partnership or transactional opportunities to secure supply of the right project credits over the longer term

Trade, transact and manage project credits

  • Negotiate with suppliers to generate the best structure and most advantageous pricing
  • Take responsibility for the fulfilment of all client portfolios from contracting with the supplier to delivery/retirement of credits.
  • Oversee maintenance of the internal trade booking system and ClimateCare’s external carbon registry accounts working with the Operational Executive
  • Act as a knowledge hub on market dynamics and pricing, project information and overall market developments


About You


  • Commercial or business background
  • Track record of prioritising a high workload, with deliverables to different internal teams
  • An understanding and some familiarity with voluntary carbon markets and their role in tackling climate change, though in depth projects knowledge is not needed

Key Skills:

  • Proactive approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with capacity to work well as a team and independently
  • Ability to manage a high work load effectively, and establish priorities routinely
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Highly numerate with good working excel skills
  • Strategic and tactical decision making weighing up financial returns with meeting client requirements and winning tenders
  • Ability to generate and maintain excellent and productive external relationships
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • The ability to input into and drive forward contractual discussions


To Apply

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 We look forward to hearing from you.