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PRESS RELEASE: BioCarbon and ClimateCare announce successful delivery of certified emission reductions from clean cookstoves in Ghana

01 November 2016: International sustainability investors BioCarbon and ClimateCare are pleased to announce the successful delivery of over 112,000 Certified Emission Reductions to the Swedish Energy Agency. The emission reductions were generated by a project manufacturing and distributing clean cooking stoves in Ghana, implemented locally by CookClean Ghana. The project was registered under the United Nation’s Clean Development Mechanism in 2012. The achievement of substantial CO2 emission reductions by locally-manufactured stoves demonstrates the potential for private-sector led climate mitigation action and local economic development.

“We are thrilled to be able to show that private sector investment in climate change mitigation is able to achieve the kind of sustainable development the international community has agreed to pursue, “ says Johannes Ebeling, Investment Director of BioCarbon. “With the right market support – in this case performance-based payments based on verified CO2 emission reductions – we are able make an effective contribution to this mission, in addition to generating investor returns.”

The successful initiative is creating multiple benefits for many thousand Ghanaians. Approximately 70,000 efficient stoves have been sold to low-income households in the West African country to date. Each stove greatly reduces expenditure on charcoal and thereby improves the economic situation of families, who often spend a significant portion of their income on cooking fuels. Moreover, harmful emissions are lowered significantly, providing health benefits due to reduced respiratory disease – a leading cause of premature deaths across Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly affecting women and children. The project has also created more than 20 skilled manufacturing jobs in Accra and is improving the income of many retail sellers of the stoves. These achievements demonstrate how clean cooking initiatives can help deliver against multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare Africa, a co-investor in the venture, notes “We are delighted to bring our climate and development expertise to help implement another successful clean cooking project that is both tackling climate change and changing lives in Ghana – improving health, reducing poverty and creating jobs. We are on track to generate a further 140,000 CERs from carbon reductions made over the past one-year period and expect this number to continue to increase.”

The “CookMate” stove employed by the project reduces charcoal consumption by over 50% compared to traditional stoves. Charcoal production is a major driver of deforestation in the West African Nation, and the stove thereby effectively mitigates the destruction of the region’s remaining forests. The CookMate is manufactured locally in facilities in Accra by trained artisans. CookClean Ghana is distributing the stove directly and through a network of retailers.

Further details about this Programme of Activities can be found on the UNFCCC website:

Notes to editors:

BioCarbon
BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd is a leading international investor in land-based carbon mitigation and sustainability initiatives that offer transformational environmental and development benefits. With projects located in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America, BioCarbon works with experienced local project partners. Its shareholders are Global Forest Partners LP, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Macquarie Bank.
For more information, see www.biocarbongroup.com

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.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org
Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare

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Press Release: A NEW WAY TO MEASURE AND OFFSET CARBON EMISSIONS

B Corporations ClimateCare and Carbon Analytics have pooled their expertise to develop a new Carbon Calculator.

The online calculator is powered by measurement experts Carbon Analytics and provides users with a tool to calculate their carbon emissions. Users can then immediately offset these carbon emissions through ClimateCare’s award winning portfolio of climate and sustainable development projects.

The calculator helps you measure the impact of specific activities like travel, attending an event or energy use.  For example, the image below shows a calculation of the carbon impact of a return economy flight from London Heathrow to New York – a distance of over 6800 miles. It shows that each passenger is responsible for 1.54 tonnes of CO2 emissions, and gives the opportunity to offset this for £11.53

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After purchase users receive an email confirmation which includes a certificate detailing the amount of carbon offset, information about the projects they have supported and guidance on how to reduce their carbon footprint further. There’s even the option opportunity to purchase offsets as a gift.

Everyone who measures and offsets emissions through the calculator will support projects that both cut global carbon emissions and make a real difference to people’s lives, including the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project – that provides safe drinking water to 4 million people in Western Kenya – and the Gyapa Project, which provides clean efficient cookstoves to families in Ghana.

“Every organisation and every household has a climate impact. Most of us are aware of the issue, but while calculating your exact carbon footprint and taking steps to address it can seem complicated, it doesn’t have to be” explains ClimateCare’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, Rob Stevens.

“With our Carbon Calculator we want to help people take action. We hope that our simple, positive process will help everyone understand and take responsibility for their carbon emissions – both by identifying opportunities to reduce their footprint and offsetting what remains.“

But it doesn’t stop there. For organisations further along their carbon management journey, there is the opportunity to use the business tab to delve into the detail and carry out in depth measurements of business, supply chain and product impacts.

And, once people are engaged, ClimateCare and Carbon Analytics are committed to supporting them on a journey towards carbon neutrality – or even beyond, to become carbon positive.

“Most people and businesses want to reduce their direct energy emissions (what we call Scope 1 emissions) but they often underestimate their indirect emissions, which include the source of their electricity and transportation (Scopes 2 and 3 emissions). The good news is that there are ways to see, understand and reduce all your energy consumption and emissions,” says Michael Thornton, co-founder and CEO of Carbon Analytics.

See the ClimateCare Calculator here: https://climatecare.org/calculator/

 

Share the calculator on your website

The calculator is freely available for anyone to embed in their own website and ClimateCare is encouraging people to do so, saying: “It will allow more people to understand their carbon impact and can be used by anyone to encourage their online visitors, staff, suppliers and even customers to take action, without leaving their own web pages.”

To request a copy of the ClimateCare Carbon Calculator to embed in your own website simply email business@climatecare.org or call the team on +44(0)1865 591000

 

Notes to Editors

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

That’s why, for the past 19 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes, which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. 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

Carbon Analytics

Carbon Analytics is an award-winning London-based environmental impact assessment firm whose mission is to bring environment impact data and analysis quickly and accurately to businesses. We are a certified B Corporation.

Our unique platform and algorithm allow businesses to assess their environmental impacts across their entire supply chain and can be used as a tool for businesses to engage their suppliers in lowering their carbon emissions. We provide a certification scheme to guide businesses on their path to sustainability, from “Carbon Aware” to “Carbon Advocate”. Our secure online platform is free for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Find out more at www.co2analytics.com

Follow Carbon Analytics

Twitter: @co2analytics

Facebook: www.facebook.com/co2analytics

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/carbon-analytics

 

About carbon offsetting

Find out about carbon offsetting on the ClimateCare website – https://climatecare.org/carbon-offsetting/

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Press Release: The Gold Standard verifies that Gyapa cookstoves have now cut over 1.8 million tonnes of CO2, while improving the lives of 4.1 million Ghanaians

Accra, Ghana (June 9, 2016) – The Gold Standard Foundation has verified that the Gyapa Project, a partnership between Relief International and ClimateCare, has cut a further 824,977 tonnes of carbon emissions as of its 2015 issuance, making it one of the largest carbon reductions for any cookstove project certified by Gold Standard.

Since 2007, more than 835,000 Gyapa™ stoves have been sold, cutting a staggering 1,860,777 tonnes of CO2. The project also has created 780+ skilled jobs. By providing clean cooking solutions to over 4.1 million Ghanaians, the project also improves health and has saved families more than $84 million in fuel costs.

The GyapaTM stove cuts charcoal usage by up to 50 percent, and reduces harmful smoke inhalation for cooks and others in the household. With its signature ceramic liner and sturdy base, the Gyapa™  cooks faster and is safer than traditional stoves used in urban and peri-urban areas. Gyapa™ stoves are sold in three different sizes to accommodate domestic and commercial cooking needs, providing significant socio-economic, environmental and health benefits to stove users and their communities. The most commonly used domestic model is priced at under $10, making it accessible to households most in need of cleaner and more efficient cooking options.

The success of the project comes as a result of innovative work by Relief International and ClimateCare to take a market-based approach to sustainable development. The production, sale and use of these low-cost, innovative stoves drive economic growth as well as positive social and environmental change.

The GyapaTM stove is produced and sold by local entrepreneurs in Ghana, with a value chain comprising eight certified ceramists, who employ more than 50 workers; 130 metal artisans who manufacture the stoves, and 600 retail agents who sell Gyapa™ across Ghana. This makes Gyapa EnterprisesTM one of Africa’s most successful social enterprise ventures.

Registered as a carbon finance program in late 2007, the project has partly financed itself through the sale of Gold Standard Carbon Credits to businesses and governments around the world. Organisations including the U.S. government’s USAID and EPA, the Shell Foundation and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) have also supported the project.

The Gyapa™ program has played a critical role in Ghana, and continues to drive sustained growth in the manufacture and sale of fuel-efficient cookstoves. At the same time, the production, sale and use of Gyapa™ stoves reduces disease, tackles poverty and cuts global carbon emissions.

Organisations that wish to support the continued growth of this project can do so by purchasing Gold Standard Carbon Credits through ClimateCare on +44(0)1865 591000.

Why I love Gyapa™

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Gifty Aberig Awimpowa (pictured left) is one of the largest Gyapa™ retailers in Accra.  Located in one of Accra’s busiest urban markets, Timber Market, Gifty has been selling the Gyapa™ cookstove along with other household and kitchen items for years.  Gifty sells more than 100 stoves per week, making Gyapa™ by far her best seller and most popular product.  With her Gyapa™ success she has expanded her own retail network, opening shops in other markets in and outside Accra. Gyapa™ retails for $10 and saves its owner $100 in fuel costs each year. Gyapa™ gives customers a clean, quick and safe way to cook their favorite foods and keeps money in their pockets. No wonder it is Gifty’s best-selling product.

 

Statements

 

RI / Gyapa Enterprises: Atsu Titiati, Program Advisor: “Through the Gyapa™ stove we have demonstrated how to promote mass sales of improved cookstoves and the complex organizational requirements needed to achieve success. Our business model is unique – in addition to consumer and environmental benefits, the manufacture and sale of these stoves has created numerous employment opportunities. Our project provides an effective means of poverty alleviation and income generation. The reinvestment of the carbon finance funds enables the program to increase scale, expand reach and provide the needed support mechanisms for our network.”

Gold Standard: Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer: “This is such an exciting project. It’s one of the largest cookstove projects certified under Gold Standard, reducing the same amount of emissions as taking nearly 400,000 cars off the road for one year. And it does this whilst also providing improved health, more jobs and a better economy for the local communities. A great example of how climate finance can drive climate security and sustainable development.”

ClimateCare: Tom Morton, Director: “The Gyapa™ cookstove program is a great example of the type of Climate+Care project that we specialise in. It not only protects the environment and improves lives, it does so at scale, and in a way that leaves a lasting legacy. We are proud to be part of the team that makes it happen and encourage any organisation wanting to support global carbon reductions to do so through this award winning project.”

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Peter George, Director, Enterprise Development and Investment: “We are pleased to see that this partnership between ClimateCare and Relief International has achieved such significant scale, and further, that the program is well-aligned with the market based approach to sustainable development we support.  It is this sort of initiative that will continue to support the creation of a thriving global market for clean household cooking solutions that will save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and protect the environment.”

 

Editors Notes

About the Gyapa™ Stove

The Gyapa™ cookstove relies upon a ceramic liner that is both durable and efficient in harnessing and storing heat during the cooking process, thus reducing fuel usage.  The external metal casing is made from recycled aluminum roofing sheets, external casings from AC units and refrigerators, and even car doors and hoods.

The Gyapa Stove

 

About the need for clean cookstoves

Cooking shouldn’t kill, but nearly 3 billion people in the developing world still cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The resulting air pollution causes respiratory disease and in addition, millions of tonnes of CO2 are generated, contributing to climate change.

Improved cookstoves offer a simple solution. Using less fuel they save families money, reduce deforestation and indoor air pollution, and cut CO2 emissions.

 

About Relief International and Gyapa™ Enterprises

Gyapa™ Enterprises is the flagship social enterprise program of Relief International, using sustainable, enterprise-oriented solutions to combat poverty’s systemic impacts. Relief International’s social enterprise program has built local, private-sector driven efficiencies in energy, water, agriculture and natural products/natural resource management value chains. Relief International is a U.S.-UK based global humanitarian organization that transforms adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Relief International’s team of 1,500 relief and development professionals work to bridge the gap between immediate emergency relief and long-term community development through innovative and holistic programming that is grassroots-based. For more information, please visit Relief International (RI) at www.ri.org and www.gyapa.com.

 

About Gold Standard

At Gold Standard, we believe in a climate secure world where sustainable development brings life-changing benefits to communities everywhere. As a standard and certification body, we work to ensure every dollar of climate and development funding goes as far as it can. We design processes that amplify the impact of projects and verify their outcomes – inspiring greater confidence that drives investment to accomplish even more. With more than 80 NGO supporters and 1,100 projects in more than 70 countries, our projects have delivered billions of dollars in climate and development outcomes in local communities all around the world. For more information, please visit: www.goldstandard.org

 

About ClimateCare

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

That’s why, for the past 19 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes, which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. 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

Press Release: ClimateCare ranks number one for health impact projects

Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare has once again been awarded the title Environmental Finance Best Project Developer – Public Health. The award was created four years ago to acknowledge the growing movement towards integrated climate and sustainable development projects, and has been won every year by ClimateCare since that time.

“As a project developer specialising in programmes that deliver both Development and Climate outcomes, we are delighted that our ability to create positive health outcomes has once again been recognised by our clients, peers and competitors in the market” says ClimateCare’s CEO Edward Hanrahan

Over the last year ClimateCare has seen growing interest from government and businesses wanting to deliver measurable health and wider social impacts through its multiple impact projects and has recently launched a number of new clean cooking, safe water and solar energy projects with partners from DFID to Jaguar Land Rover. It has also opened a new office in India to respond to demand for projects there.

“To date ClimateCare has worked with partners to improve 16.5 million lives, but that’s only part of the story – the real impacts are the individual people and families whose lives have been transformed through our work” says Hanrahan.

Tyson Simiya with safe water purifier

Tyson Simiya now has safe water to drink at school thanks to a project funded by Jaguar Land Rover that will provide safe water to 300,000 school children in the Bungoma region of Kenya, helping improve pupil’s health, education and employment prospects.

Why does this approach work?

“Simple household interventions can have a dramatic impact on health” explains ClimateCare’s Project Director Tom Morton.

Just last month, research by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics showed that pneumonia has killed more Kenyans that malaria in the past year, and that people who use kerosene, animal waste, charcoal and wood fuel for lighting and cooking – especially in rural Kenya – are more likely to die from pneumonia [1].

Working with ClimateCare, organisations can fund programmes to quickly and cost effectively cut indoor air pollution by making solar power, efficient stoves and gravity fed water filters affordable for families – reducing the risk of pneumonia, diarrhoea and other diseases.

ClimateCare’s award winning funding models and market based approach bring the best of business thinking to sustainable development, meaning its clients see their money creating impact at scale and leaving a lasting legacy.

ClimateCare’s project pipeline includes immediate opportunities for corporates and governments to work together, delivering positive health, economic and environmental impacts:

  • Reduce the risk of waterborne disease by providing safe water to homes, schools and health centres across key areas of sub-Saharan Africa, India and South East Asia
  • Cut indoor air pollution by making clean cooking solutions and solar energy affordable to base of pyramid households.

Find out what you could achieve by requesting a project proposal:

 

 

 

[1] Daily nation, May 20, 2016 Survey: Pneumonia a top killer

Press Release: CLIMATECARE STRENGTHENS ITS PRESENCE IN INDIA

Hyderabad, 5 May 2016: Climate and Sustainable development expert ClimateCare has expanded its operations and opened a new office in India, in response to rising demand from businesses who want to invest in sustainable development projects across the country.

Komal Sinha joins the team as Head of Partnerships. With 10 years’ experience creating sustainability strategies for Indian corporates, Sinha is excited by the prospect of matching strategy with project delivery – creating measurable climate, sustainability and business outcomes for corporate clients.

“I joined ClimateCare because I want to deliver climate and development impacts on the ground here in India. ClimateCare has an award winning project development team and a world leading reputation in the field of community impact projects. I’m looking forward to making a difference to people, the environment and businesses across India.” she says.

ClimateCare programmes improve lives

Climate+Care programmes improve lives – increasing incomes, improving health and empowering communities. They also cut global carbon emissions.

ClimateCare has seen demand increase, as its international corporate clients seek to fund projects within their supply chains and key markets in India.

In addition, it is seeing new demand following changes to legislation which took effect from 2014. Companies doing business in India are now required to allocate 2 per cent of their average net profit over three years to programmes that deliver positive impacts for local communities.

“All these companies are looking for the best ways to invest their CSR budgets, and this is where ClimateCare can help” explains ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan

Since it was founded in 1997 ClimateCare has worked with businesses around the world to create social, environmental and business value through Climate+Care programmes which cut carbon and improve lives. Examples include helping farmers use treadle pumps to improve yields and income; tackling indoor air pollution through the provision of clean cooking solutions and making clean, renewable energy available to households and communities for the first time.

Through its India office, ClimateCare will help organisations deliver social and environmental impacts quickly and at scale, by supporting and expanding existing projects. It will also develop bespoke community investment projects, aligned to a company’s core business purpose and values.

Companies interested in working with ClimateCare in India can email Komal.Sinha@climatecare.org, call ClimateCare’s office on +44(0)1865 591000 or visit www.climatecare.org

Notes to editors:

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

That’s why, for the past 19 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes,  which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. 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

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Tel: +44 (0)1865 591008

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

 

Press Release: ClimateCare Announced as a Finalist in the Better Society Awards

 

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Oxford, 19 February 2016: Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare has been shortlisted for the Consultancy of the Year Award in the 2016 Better Society Awards. Organised by the Better Society Network these awards assess and reward those who are helping create a better, more equal, ethical and sustainable world from the corporate perspective.

A certified B Corporation, ClimateCare has always measured success against three elements: environmental impact, social impact and profit, with no trade-off between the three. Working from offices in the UK and Africa, to date it has improved life for over 6 million people whilst cutting 16.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

Robert Stevens, ClimateCare’s Head of Partnerships said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award in recognition of our Climate+Care programmes for business. What makes ClimateCare different is our business approach to sustainability. It means we are focussed on results and make the most effective use of our clients’ budget. We hope that being shortlisted for this award will raise awareness of the value our approach delivers for businesses, as well as for people and the environment, and that it will encourage more organisations to get in touch.”

 

The Climate+Care approach

ClimateCare works with business to develop bespoke Climate+Care programmes that resonate with a client’s core brand and purpose and make smart use of budget to meet multiple environmental, social development and business targets.
The team has a unique combination of strategic expertise and on the ground project delivery experience. It is known for developing innovative project and financial structures, with a focus on robust, measurable results.

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A Climate+Care programme delivers environmental, social and business value

“Working together with the innovators and experts at ClimateCare has helped us think differently about the best way to meet our sustainability targets”

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director, Jaguar Land Rover

 

“The way that Climate+Care comes together means there’s a whole raft of benefits that can be gained from an individual programme”

Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva PLC

 

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

That’s why, for the past 19 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes,  which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. 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 16.5 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 6 million people.

Businesses and Governments alike, see the value and sense in our integrated Climate+Care approach and we have set an ambitious vision for 2020. To cut a further 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of another 20 million people.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare

 

About the Better Society Awards

The Better Society Awards recognise the efforts that commercial companies make in order to help create a better society for all. With every effort the world becomes a safer, fairer place, and it is time to recognise the work that is done by all types of commercial enterprise to aid progress to this goal. From companies that give time and expertise freely, to those that have made a commitment to creating clearly better practices.

 

Find out more: www.bettersociety.net/awards

Follow the awards on twitter: @CTBetterSociety #BetterSocietyAwards

 

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B CORPORATIONS TRIPLE PUNDIT AND CLIMATECARE JOIN FORCES TO CUT GLOBAL EMISSIONS, IMPROVE LIVES AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO TAKE ACTION

Online sustainability publication Triple Pundit has partnered with climate and sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with its operations in 2016 through the multiple award-winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.

The purchase of carbon credits helps finance this project which delivers safe water to more than 4 million people in Kenya, generating significant carbon reductions, while enhancing the health and economic circumstances of local communities.

As well as offsetting carbon emissions, the two certified B Corporations will work together to share best practise case studies and stories over the year, encouraging other business to think about their social and environmental impacts and to see the business benefits of taking action to manage them.

Triple Pundit Founder, Nick Aster said: “As an online platform that informs, inspires and connects sustainable business leaders it’s important for us to measure and take responsibility for our own social and environmental impacts. Offsetting our carbon footprint with the experts at ClimateCare is a way to both cut global carbon emissions and improve people’s lives. It’s also great to be working together with a fellow B Corp, and in the words of the B Corp movement ‘be the change we want to see’. We hope that leading by example will help other businesses make the case for action and spread the word that managing climate and development impacts makes good business sense.”

Robert Stevens, Head of Partnership at ClimateCare echoed these sentiments saying: “We were delighted to be a founding member of the UK B Corp movement. It’s given us a platform to work with other companies, like Triple Pundit, that share our vision of what makes good business. Through our partnership with Triple Pundit we hope to help their readership of over 400,000 sustainability leaders think about their own environmental and social impacts and take action to manage them in 2016.

Katie Hill, Executive Director of B Lab UK said: “The partnership of two leading B Corps who are walking the talk is emblematic of the whole B Corp movement.  B Corps share much common ground and values as a basis for collaboration.  The result is more positive impact created for people, the environment and both businesses!   This is a great example for other B Corps showing how they can work together to ‘be the change we want to see’.”

 

Notes to Editors

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is certified B Corporation. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

That’s why, for the past 19 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes,  which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. 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 16.5 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 6 million people.

Businesses and Governments alike, see the value and sense in our integrated Climate+Care approach and we have set an ambitious vision for 2020. To cut a further 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of another 20 million people.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Triple Pundit

TriplePundit, a Certified B-Corporation, is one of the world’s most widely-read websites on ethical, sustainable, profitable business, with over 450,000 unique monthly readers. We cover topics such as global water and energy challenges, sustainable food, supply chain sourcing, smart cities, integrated corporate reporting, e-waste recycling, and much more!

The philosophy of TriplePundit is based on the “triple bottom line” or — three Ps — of sustainability – People, Planet, Profit. Triple Bottom Line advocates argue that economy, environment and society are inseparably related, and an understanding of all three is critical to society’s ability to flourish long term.

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are more than 1,300 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries and nearly 40 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good.

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Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

Why renewable energy matters and what your business can do today

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Around a quarter of all carbon emissions come from electricity generation, and almost half of that is used by businesses.

Following COP21 in Paris, where 195 countries agreed to keep global mean temperature rise 2 degrees below pre industrialised levels, the call for businesses to invest in renewable energy has never been so strong.

Experts agree that increasing the proportion of renewable energy will be key to meeting the tough targets set in Paris and in a report last week, The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) estimated that increasing the amount of renewables in the global energy mix to 36% by 2030 would provide half the emissions savings needed to hold global warming at 2 degrees.

And, the good news is that there is a strong business case for taking action today.

An increase to 36% renewable energy by 2030 would not only help tackle climate change. It’s estimated that it would also increase global GDP by USD 1.3 trillion, create 24 million jobs and have a positive welfare impact three to four times larger than its impact on GDP.

So, renewable energy is cost effective, it helps provide long term energy security for your business and adds to your environmental credentials. It’s also good for people and the economy. It’s a true win-win.

 

So what are we waiting for?

Global businesses including Google, IKEA, Unilever, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Nike, Adobe, Philips, Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks and Walmart are already taking action – signing up to the RE100 and committing to go 100% renewable.

And there are lots of ways to meet your renewable energy commitment. Some businesses can afford up-front investment into their own renewable energy supplies, but if you can’t, it doesn’t mean you can’t take cost effective action today.

How? Greening your energy supply by purchasing Carbon Credits, European Energy Certificates (EECs) or Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are all valid ways to subsidise the provision of renewable energy to the grid and compensate for your electricity usage. Implemented correctly, some approaches allow you to report net zero carbon emissions from electricity usage in your GHG reporting, while others can measurably improve lives or provide hard to reach communities with reliable energy for the first time.

There are lots of ways to take action, so there’s no excuse! And if you need help, the team at ClimateCare can develop a cost effective plan for your business that is immediate, recognised, robust and verifiable.

Sign up to RE100 today and tell us what your business is doing to #GoGreen on Twitter.

 

For pricing information and guidance on the best approach for your business, contact Edward Morello at ClimateCare on +44(0)1865 591000 or email Edward.Morello@climatecare.org

What happened in Paris?

In December, world leaders agreed to tackle climate change – what should your business do next?

At a top level the signal is clear. The world is taking climate change seriously and every business needs to be part of the solution.

Scenes illustrate daily life in Garba Tulla, Kenya on the 9th May, 2012. The region around Garba Tulla has experience recurring drought for over ten years, and many pastoralists have now lost their livelihoods as a result. Action Aid are working on an agricultural and Water Pan project to provide alternative livelihoods to the most vulnerable in the community.

In December 195 countries were present at the Conference of the Parties in Paris. Every one signed an agreement to take action to tackle climate change. For the first time, all countries pledged to cut their carbon emissions and keep global mean temperature rise 2 degrees below pre-industrialised levels. Beyond this they agreed an ambition to keep temperature change below 1.5 degrees with a long term goal for zero carbon emissions by the end of the century.

Current pledges alone are not enough to meet this 2 degree target, and the agreement includes a process to review and revise targets every five years, ramping up ambition over time. So going forward we can expect to see a push for stronger and more rapid action to tackle climate change.

Even without all the detail needed to turn intention into reality, the agreements made in Paris are a clear signal that governments and leaders around the world are looking to drive and support a low carbon future. Coupled with this there was a strong call for businesses to play their part.

 

Five key themes from the Agreement are:

  • We’re all in this together – going forward, every country will need to take action to reduce carbon emissions. Governments need to work with businesses to make this a reality.
  • Measure and report – there is an emphasis on more transparent measurement. At a country level, progress will be regularly reported with targets reviewed every five years.
  • The age of renewable energy – Governments around the world see the benefits of expanding renewable energy and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Economic sense and opportunity – economic growth doesn’t sit at odds with action on climate change. Improving resilience and reducing energy demand makes economic sense, it will increase the competitiveness of countries and corporates alike.
  • Re-affirmation of the need for adaptation in the developing world – with the emphasis on funding coming from more developed countries.

 

What does this mean for your business?

Detailed implementation will take time to agree, but the principles put in place are a strong message to business leaders and investors and provide a framework for your business to take action now.

There’s a growing role for businesses to become part of the climate change solution, with opportunities for new investment and growth as we transition to a low carbon economy and adapt to a warmer world. In light of the Paris Agreement, now is the time for all businesses to review their strategies and take action in order to remain relevant, competitive and profitable in the long term.

 

We’ve set out 10 things your business can do next, to build on the momentum of COP21:

  1. Sign up to the Paris Pledge for Action
  2. Set a Science Based Emission Reduction target
  3. Pledge to become Climate Neutral Now
  4. Join the RE100
  5. Put an internal price on greenhouse gas emissions
  6. Engage employees with your plans
  7. Review your supply chain and emerging market impacts
  8. Align your climate strategy with the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development
  9. Review your measurement and reporting frameworks
  10. Think about the partners who can help you deliver

For support to set your climate and sustainability strategy and deliver against your pledges contact the ClimateCare Team.

 

For more information

  • The Business & Finance Story – Whilst written ahead of the talks, this article by The Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit is a useful explanation about how climate change is challenging the world’s business model.

Rhiannon Szmigielski

 

Rhiannon Szmigielski is Marketing Director at ClimateCare. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Rhiannon has over 16 years’ communications experience across business, government and non-profit sectors. She helps clients devise effective communications strategies that maximise the value of their ClimateCare programme.

Photo credit: Kate Holt

Tropical Power Launches Gorge Farm Energy Park

Press Release: 20th August 2015, Naivasha, Kenya: The ClimateCare team are delighted to be involved in this project which launched in Kenya today.

  • Opening of first grid-connect biogas plant in Africa
  • To be the first grid-connect Solar-AD plant

Tropical Power logo
Tropical Power Energy Group (Tropical Power) is today opening Africa’s first grid-connect Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant, part of the Gorge Farm Energy Park. In 2016 construction will commence on a further 10MW of solar generation capacity.

The event was officiated by The Governor of Nakuru County, Kinuthia Mbugua. He says, “The Gorge Farm Energy Park is a showcase project for Nakuru County, Kenya and the African continent. Distributed power projects are vital to our energy security, reliability and efficiency. And the Park will be using local crop waste and the sun to generate clean, renewable power close to the point of use.

“I look forward to working with Tropical Power, Kenya Power and the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum to see how we can develop more biogas projects for organic and municipal waste in the county.”

The AD plant has been developed and will be operated by Tropical Power Ltd, on behalf of Biojoule Kenya, an Independent Power Producer (IPP). ERC are currently reviewing the PPA signed by Tropical Power and KPLC, as well as the Generation & Distribution license for the project.

Eng. Joseph Njoroge, MBS, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum says, “Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are working together to encourage the private sector to develop high quality distributed renewable power assets, like the Gorge Farm Energy Park. Kenya is open for business for investors and developers interested in clean, renewable and bankable energy projects. The biogas technology at this cutting edge project will provide Kenyans with more clean, reliable and cost effective electricity in their homes and businesses.”

The Gorge Farm Energy Park will also be a field research facility for an Oxford University research programme, led by Tropical Power Chairman, Mike Mason. This programme aims to advance the technology to enable AD to compete with conventional electricity delivered to the grid.

Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power says, “Through the Gorge Farm Energy Park we aim to displace expensive and imported generation fuels – like diesel and heavy fuel oil – from Kenya’s distributed power mix. The Gorge Farm AD Plant is proof that locally produced feedstock can generate clean and cost effective distributed power. You cannot just plug and play a plant like this.
 
“The biology of the microbes that make the gas and the feedstocks that provide the source of energy are unique from site to site, and require time and expertise to understand. Tropical Power has been supported in this with extensive help from the Universities of Oxford and Southampton.”

Tropical Power’s partners include Kenya’s VP Group –the largest producer and exporter of fresh produce in East Africa.

GE was selected to deploy its Jenbacher gas engines (provided by Clarke Energy) for the first time in East Africa in a renewable energy project. GE’s two J420 units are designed to operate at the farm’s high altitude of nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. And GE was the launch partner for the Gorge Farm Energy Park opening.

George Njenga, Distributed Power Leader for Africa, GE says, “This is the first AD project in sub-Saharan Africa for GE. It is a big win for Kenya to get a ground-breaking project like this off the ground. It needs the developers, researchers, suppliers and government to work hand in hand. We look forward to working with Tropical Power, Kenya Power and the Ministry of Energy on more ground-breaking projects.”

The project has been registered with the Gold Standard by ClimateCare and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 7,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare’s Nairobi office said, “This is an exceptionally innovative way of generating renewable power and diversifies Kenya’s generating mix away from fossil fuels such as oil.”

ClimateCare is retained to sell the verified emissions reductions. “We expect interest from the supermarkets in the UK, as this project is in their supply chain and compliments a number of other projects that we are managing in similar circumstances,” said Morton.

Construction on The Gorge Farm AD Plant took 12 months and it cost US$7.5 million – including the acquisition of agricultural equipment. It is projected to have a 6-year payback period – due to the combination of grid sales and higher-tariff energy supply to Gorge Farm. The Plant has an effective life of 25 years.

Tropical Power is in the final stages of fundraising and planning to commence work on the 10MW solar PV plant at Gorge Farm Energy Park within the next 12 months.

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About Tropical Power
Tropical Power Energy Group (Tropical Power) is an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) company, building renewable energy solutions for Africa. It is focused on developing utility-scale renewable energy technologies from biomass and sunshine. Tropical Power plans to build renewable power assets across Africa producing over 130MW of clean, distributed power by 2018.

About GE’s Distributed Power Business
GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of power equipment, engines and services focused on power generation at or near the point of use. Distributed Power’s product portfolio includes highly efficient industrial reciprocating engines and aeroderivative gas turbines that generate 100kW to 100MW of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, Distributed Power offers life cycle services and support for more than 37,000 distributed power products worldwide to help customers meet their business challenges—anywhere and anytime.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Distributed Power employs about 5,000 people around the world.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com.

About GE Power & Water
GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.
Follow GE Power & Water on Twitter @GE_PowerWater and on LinkedIn. To hear the latest news and conversations for Distributed Power, use the Twitter hashtag #DistributedPower.

About ClimateCare
ClimateCare is registered in the UK and Kenya. Working with governments and businesses it delivers integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve people’s lives. Specialists in measuring climate and development outcomes and structuring finance for projects, the team also offer project development and consultancy services.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org, or follow @ClimateCare.

For press enquiries please contact:
Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare +44 (0)1865 591008, rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org