Since 2007, tour operator Charity Challenge has offset its unavoidable carbon emissions as one part of its approach to Responsible Travel. It also makes a contribution towards covering the emissions caused by customer flights. Today it is proud to announce that it has offset 13,116 tonnes of carbon and helped to support 31 projects worldwide.
Working with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare, Charity Challenge has been able to support projects that both cut carbon and benefit the local environment and communities.
These projects include the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, providing safe water to more than 4.5 million people in Kenya; renewable energy projects in India and Indonesia and projects in Uganda and Ghana to provide families with more efficient cookstoves.
Going forward, Charity Challenge will be making a stronger call for customers to follow its lead and join forces by taking action to offset their own flights and other unavoidable emissions with ClimateCare.
“Everyone has heard the phrase ‘Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints’ with regard to responsible travel” says Simon Albert, Charity Challenge founder and Director. “However, working with ClimateCare we are helping to build a lasting legacy, neutralising our carbon footprint, and in doing so leaving behind sustainable infrastructure and measurable benefits for the local environment and communities. We hope that our customers will be inspired by our actions and that more will choose to offset their own emissions. We aim to make it as easy as possible for them to do so”
“We are delighted to work with organisations like Charity Challenge, which set the precedent for others, both their customers and their competition, by taking responsible action now and demonstrating real leadership.” said ClimateCare CEO, Edward Hanrahan.
Projects supported by Charity Challenge include:
This project provided water filters to 4.5 million people, which eliminates the need to boil water on wood fires in order to make it safe to drink. In doing so, the project is reducing several million tonnes of carbon emissions annually and is expected to deliver health benefits by preventing the spread of illness and disease caused by drinking contaminated water.
Clean cookstoves in Uganda and Ghana
This year, finance from carbon offsetting is helping to fund two cookstove projects in Uganda (above) and Ghana. These efficient cookstoves reduce fuel requirements by up to 50%. As well as cutting carbon, and saving families money, they improve health by reducing exposure to toxic fumes – a leading cause of death in the developing world. Both projects also focus on supporting the local economy and creating jobs manufacturing and distributing cookstoves.
Notes to editors
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.
Charity Challenge is the World’s leading fundraising challenge operator. Best known for organising the Comic Relief celebrity Kilimanjaro Climb, they organise over 100 expeditions each year and have run more international challenges, and have raised funds for more charities than any other company worldwide.
So far they have helped thousands of people to raise over £35m for over 1400 different charities.
Their portfolio includes treks, bike rides and cycle rides, mountain climbs, rafting, sky diving, dog sledding, skiing and community challenges in over 30 countries worldwide. They also run Geographic North and South Pole expeditions.
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