PRESS RELEASE: Bond, the UK membership body for NGOs working in international development has partnered with climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare to support its Climate+Care cookstove programme, by offsetting CO2 emissions generated by delegate travel to and from its annual conference yesterday.

ClimateCare recently announced its partners had improved the lives of 6 million people and cut 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 through cookstove programmes, and called for more partners to help it meet ambitious targets to cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of 20 million people by 2020.

As part of this initiative Robert Stevens, Head of Partnership Development at ClimateCare ran a workshop at the conference, introducing the delegates to new sources of finance they might not have considered before, including carbon finance.

“ClimateCare has 17 years’ experience of unlocking private and public sector funds for Climate+Care programmes to protect the environment and improve people’s lives. We work with a number of NGO partners and given the scale of our ambitious new targets, I am keen to meet new organisations who want to work together, to deliver long term social impact ” said Stevens.

Bond collected information about where each delegate travelled from and the method of transport used through a new interactive conference app. ClimateCare will calculate the amount of emissions produced as a result of this travel and retire the equivalent carbon credits, in this instance from the Gyapa Stoves project.

A partnership with NGO Relief International, this project introduces efficient cookstoves to families in Ghana, which cut carbon by burning less fuel. By reducing demand for firewood the efficient stoves reduce pressure on dwindling forests and to date have saved families more than $41 million in fuel costs. The stoves are locally manufactured creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. They also reduce indoor air pollution, improving the living conditions of women and children in particular.

ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with 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 corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

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Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services.
Established in 1993 on the initiative of 61 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development, it has around 400 members ranging from large agencies with a world-wide presence to smaller, specialist organisations working in certain regions or with specific groups of people.

The Bond Annual conference and Exhibition 2014, titled: Redefining development, the future beyond 2015; brings together people from NGOs, universities, think tanks, donors and government both in the UK and internationally to examine how international development will be defined in the future.

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