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Co-op Insurance supports clean cooking for 140,000 people in Ghana

27th November 2017. ClimateCare’s partner Co-op Insurance recently launched a campaign to highlight its ongoing support for the Gyapa efficient cookstove project in Ghana.

The campaign draws attention to the Co-op Insurance’s most recent programme, delivered in collaboration with ClimateCare, which seeks to reduce global carbon emissions by offsetting 10% of its motor and home insurance customers’ carbon emissions for a year as standard.

By supporting the Gyapa stoves project, Co-op Insurance is supporting access to cleaner cooking for over 140,000 people, reducing carbon emissions at scale, creating employment and reducing poverty.

Elaborating on why Co-op Insurance is supporting the Gyapa stoves project, Mark Summerfield, the CEO of Co-op Insurance explained:

“We offer new customers carbon offset as standard on all home and motor policies, at no extra cost. We have chosen this project specifically as in addition to its environmental impact, it offers excellent long-term social benefits such as job creation, and is helping to facilitate a better quality of life for thousands in the developing world.

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

The project is one of many which the Co-op has supported over the past decade. In collaboration with ClimateCare, the Co-op Group has compensated for over one million tonnes of carbon emissions through projects which improve lives and reduce emissions.

Edward Hanrahan, the CEO of ClimateCare, commented:

“We’re very proud to be partnered with Co-op Insurance, which continues to demonstrate its long- standing commitment to mitigating climate change and improving lives. By tying climate action into its products as standard, Co-Op Insurance is showing real ambition on climate change, and driving carbon emissions reductions at scale. Through projects such as Gyapa stoves, Co-op and ClimateCare are working together to enable scalable, locally appropriate solutions to climate change which create opportunities and develop skills in some of the world’s underserved communities.”

For more information about the programme visit Co-op Insurance’s website, or watch a short video on the Gyapa stove project here.

To learn how your organisation can develop a similar sustainable development project, please get in touch with ClimateCare at business@climatecare.org.

ClimateCare simplifies renewable energy purchasing for corporates with new fully managed service

22 November 2017, Oxford. Climate and development specialist ClimateCare has refined its renewable energy offering to enable companies to meet their renewable energy goals in a streamlined, cost-effective way

As the renewable energy revolution gathers pace, ClimateCare is set to help companies cut through the complexity of purchasing renewable energy certificates across diverse global markets with its fully managed renewable energy service. The award-winning climate and development experts will streamline every aspect of managing the process, from matching companies’ operating locations to navigating diverse layers of certification and ensuring that clients purchase certificates from environmentally sound projects.

As corporate interest has grown, following the GHG Protocol’s 2015 change to Scope 2 emissions reporting rules, ClimateCare’s move to refine its service is a direct response to feedback from companies that have experienced real challenges in purchasing renewable energy.

“The opportunity to ‘zero rate’ emissions associated with purchased electricity has provided companies with a strategic means of fulfilling renewable energy and carbon reduction commitments,” explains George Beechener, Client Manager at ClimateCare. “However, the reality of procuring and managing tens of thousands of certificates in a complex global market has been far from simple. We’re offering companies a transparent, straightforward way to manage their renewable energy portfolio by entrusting their purchases to an expert partner.”

The new fully managed service is also timely as stakeholders, including the investment community, push for action on climate risks, policy-makers move to introduce new regulations to fulfil Paris Agreement pledges and companies seek to gain a competitive edge by demonstrating leadership on sustainability.

So how will the service work?

A dedicated ClimateCare account manager works closely with clients, forming a deep understanding of the company’s renewable energy requirements and stakeholder priorities, tailoring a portfolio designed to meet their needs and providing clear updates on pricing. ClimateCare’s brand and marketing experts will also help companies to maximise the value of their renewable energy purchases by advising on effective stakeholder communications.

“Opting for a comprehensive, fully managed service with a trusted, independent partner is an efficient, cost-effective way of balancing Scope 2 emissions and meeting sustainability targets,” continues George Beechener. “It also frees up sustainability and energy professionals to focus on other efforts to cut carbon.”

With 20 years’ experience in advising companies and governments on creating positive environmental impacts and in-depth knowledge of complex carbon trading and renewable energy systems, ClimateCare’s experts are well placed to guide companies through complex renewable energy purchases. In particular, the ClimateCare team has access to a diverse range of projects, locations and certificate types at a global level, and is able to match these with clients’ budget, volume and location requirements. Additionally, the team’s strict due diligence process provides companies with peace of mind surrounding the quality and integrity of their certificates.

As interest in renewable energy continues to grow, contact ClimateCare to understand how we could help you maximise your renewable energy investments on +44(0)1865 591000 or at business@climatecare.org.