Whilst we often focus on the positive human impacts of our work, last week Climate Week brought carbon reduction back to the fore.
We announced a new cookstove project in Ghana, expected to reduce 1 million tonnes of CO2e and the first project in a Programme of Activities in Sub Saharan Africa.
We were also delighted that our work structuring finance for the Carbon for Water project was acknowledged at the Sustain’ Magazine Awards, where we were finalists for International Project of the Year. This project is reducing 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 every year.
Recently attention has been drawn to Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and in particular Black Carbon, or soot, which is increasingly recognised as a key contributor to climate change. Black carbon remains in the atmosphere for a shorter period than many greenhouse gases and is known to trap significant amounts of outgoing radiation, thereby disturbing the climate’s energy balance.
Taking action to reduce black carbon offers a real opportunity to slow down global warming in the short term – a recent report estimated that stamping out SLCPs could cut the rate of climate change by half, for several decades. Recognising the major role that our projects have in reducing black carbon, we also formalised our support for UNEP’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which seeks to tackle this form of pollution.
New videos explain integrated approach
Our clients consistently tell us they value the quality of our projects and our integrated approach to helping them meet their environmental and social responsibilities.
Amongst others, Aviva and Willmott Dixon have recently announced their choice of ClimateCare as a Climate and Development partner, helping them offset emissions with projects that improve lives as well as cutting carbon.
This week we launched a series of project videos on YouTube, which help explain how our integrated Climate and Development approach works on the ground, do please link to and share these.
If you have already offset your emissions with any of these projects, then you might like to embed a video in your own website or intranet, to showcase the work you are supporting.
To support these, or similar projects, contact us today by emailing email@example.com
Our vision for the future
For 15 years, we have worked with organisations who, having taken steps to reduce carbon emissions, want to address their residual footprint, by funding external emission reduction projects. In this way, we have successfully helped the private sector fund more than 50 development projects, distributing safe water to nearly 6 million people and clean cookstoves to more than 750,000 families.
As the world moves on, our clients are looking to fund projects which address both their environmental impacts (usually water and carbon) and pro-actively improve the communities in which they work. For most this is not just philanthropy, it is pragmatic future planning that calls for clear, measurable outcomes and defined business benefits.
Invited by one of our clients, BUPA, our Director Edward Hanrahan recently wrote in Guardian Sustainable Business about how forward thinking businesses now consider climate and social impacts part of their core corporate strategy. He also explained how it is possible to improve health and tackle Climate Change, citing the Carbon for Water project’s rigorous health monitoring as a gateway to potential payments for a project’s development as well as carbon outcomes.
Another area of increasing interest is our public / private sector partnership approach, which helps us scale up projects for our corporate clients, reduce risk and develop positive brand alignments.
Our role in bringing together unique partnerships between business, NGOs and Governments is increasingly recognised and this week, a BIG Lottery report looking at how funders might work more closely with the private sector to increase international impact, acknowledged ClimateCare’s essential role as a partnership broker and implementer.
Making the most of World Water Day on 22 March
The United Nations proclaimed 2013 the year of International Year of Water Cooperation, to raise awareness of the fact that nearly 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.
Contact us on +44 (0)1865 591000, if we can help with your communications on this theme.
And, what better day on which to launch a new campaign WHOLE WORLD Water? ClimateCare is a partner in this campaign, designed to unite the Hospitality and Tourism Industry on a non-competitive platform to eradicate the issue of access to safe water.
Businesses that join the campaign commit to filter and sell water on site, giving 10% of revenue generated to the WHOLE WORLD Water fund, managed by ClimateCare. Watch and share this video from Richard Branson who has already committed his support.
The model is unique in uniting a whole sector to address a global issue. We encourage everyone to support the launch by sharing announcements through social media. Going forward we can all help the campaign by encouraging hotels and venues we visit to provide WHOLE WORLD Water.
Businesses can sign up to the campaign here, or contact us for more information on +44 (0)1865 591000.
Aviva selects ClimateCare
Leading global insurers Aviva have chosen to work with ClimateCare in order to help them maintain their CSR leadership. Already ahead of the field – they were the first global insurer to offset emissions back in 2006 – key to their decision was the ability to work with a partner who could help them deliver an integrated CSR approach and push the boundaries, not just manage an offset programme in isolation.
Our team of experts will help them continue innovate and use their budget in the smartest way to deliver maximum benefits for people and the environment.