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Climate change and the role of carbon offsetting in pictures

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Take a look at this gallery on the Guardian Sustainable Business website that tells how carbon offsetting schemes are making a revival as businesses recognise the need to reduce CO2 emissions and support communities in the developing world for a sustainable future. This gallery highlights the detrimental effects of climate change and showcases projects which are positive mitigators.”

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/gallery/climate-change-role-carbon-offsetting-pictures

Swedish Energy Agency works with ClimateCare to tackle climate change and improve lives

Climate and development expert, ClimateCare, is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) that will not only be used to help Sweden fulfil its national target for reducing emissions  but will improve the lives of people in local communities.

Over the coming years, as part of its CER Purchase Programme, the Swedish Energy Agency will purchase 500,000 Certified Emissions Reductions from ClimateCare’s improved cooking stove project in Ghana, developed jointly with global investor BioCarbon Group and local partner CookClean Ltd.

ClimateCare structured the finance and, alongside BioCarbon, invested in this locally driven Ghanaian business. CookClean now manufactures an advanced yet affordable model of highly efficient charcoal burning stove in Accra and sells them to households nationwide.

ClimateCare funded the first ever cooking stoves through carbon finance in 2003 and registered the Ghana Programme with the United Nations in 2012. Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare said, “Having delivered over 2.5 million Emissions Reductions already from our stoves projects, we are delighted to continue to prove the model of well managed and efficiently run projects, that deliver both Climate and Development impacts, can be made to work under the Clean Development Mechanism. The work that we did to write the first recognised methodology for cooking stoves eight years ago, continues to pay dividends for the climate as well as for those communities and households who have directly benefitted. In these days of troubled mainstream carbon markets, ClimateCare continues to develop innovative ways of structuring finance for projects such as these.”

Christian Sommer from the Swedish Energy Agency said, “The Swedish Government is committed to purchasing CERs from projects that have measurable outcomes for their host communities and where a fair carbon price is central to the project’s success. Having analysed a large number of efficient cooking stove projects, we are delighted to sign this first transaction with ClimateCare”

Johannes Ebeling from BioCarbon said, “We are pleased to be investing in a project that will deliver health and environmental benefits at a meaningful scale by making highly efficient stoves available to households in Ghana. The project is an excellent demonstration of how carbon markets can deliver both emissions reductions and sustainable development outcomes while supporting transformational local enterprise, which is what we aim for in all of our investments. We are pleased that the SEA recognises the exceptional social value created by the project through this important performance-based carbon purchase.”

 

Notes to editors

ClimateCare

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.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

 

The Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency is responsible for the governmental CDM programme in Sweden. The Agency has been active since 2002 in participating in CDM and JI projects and acquiring emission reduction credits.The programme is focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and aims at a broad geographical distribution of CDM projects, including Africa and Least Developed Countries. At present, the Agency is engaged in over 70 projects and participates in seven multilateral CDM and JI funds, through which the Agency supports around 130 additional projects.

BioCarbon

BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd is a leading international investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance activities that offer transformational environmental and development benefits. With projects located in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, BioCarbon partners with experienced local project partners. Its shareholders include Global Forest Partners LP, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Macquarie Bank.

CookClean Limited

This project has the potential to decrease 1 million tonnes of CO2.and help take pressure off vulnerable native forests, which remain the main source of cooking fuel in Ghana.

The Programme of Activities has secured international investment from ClimateCare and BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd with production and sales of stoves getting off the ground late last year. The initial CPAs are in Ghana, managed by CookClean Limited

“Improved cook-stoves offer significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as transformational health benefits and conservation of highly threatened forests. BioCarbon is pleased to be working with ClimateCare on this project, which will make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that this project can showcase the value of private sector investment in pro-development climate change mitigation efforts.” said Johannes Ebeling of BioCarbon, investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance projects globally.

The project has been validated under the Clean Development Mechanism and will be accredited for reductions of emissions recognised under the Kyoto Protocol. The project will also reduce ‘black carbon’, or soot, increasingly recognised as a key contributor to climate change.

Equally important are the positive impacts these clean cookstove projects will bring to families: improving disposable incomes by halving fuel requirements and reducing indoor air pollution – the fourth biggest health risk in the developing world.

ClimateCare will use this first project under the Programme of Activities to quantify health improvements, as it continues work to generate results based payments for the verified development outcomes of its Climate and Development projects.

“We have always specialised in projects that deliver both Climate and Development outcomes” explains Tom Morton, ClimateCare Director.

UNFCCC

Further details about this Programme of Activities can be found on the UNFCCC website:  https://cdm.unfccc.int/ProgrammeOfActivities/poa_db/V7A06W39LCRF4X8P1BGIJDUEKTS5QH/view

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Figure 1: Eager customers purchase a CookMate stove from a company van in an Accra market.

 

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Figure 2: Testing the Cookmate

 

 

Press enquiries

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

 

Follow Aviva’s lead and integrate your CSR

We explain how an integrated approach to sustainability can work for businesses, people and the environment in this latest blog on the Sustain Travel website.

You may also be interested to read our recent press release about Aviva’s carbon offset programme, which has positively impacted the lives of more than 200,000 people through two projects – LifeStraw Carbon for Water in Kenya and Envirofit Efficient Stoves in India.

Zelda Bentham, Head of Environment and Climate Change at Aviva, said; “We have always been committed to offsetting our environmental impacts, but we also wanted to make sure our programmes delivered a broader community impact… This approach makes CR more joined up across our operations”.

 

 

 

Jonathon Porritt: Why it’s important to offset unavoidable emissions

Jonathon PorrittI’m in something of a personal quandary. My new book, ‘The World We Made’ is out this autumn and, as part of my outreach and promotion for that, I’ll be doing a lot of international travel. I won’t be the first environmentalist to be criticised for this, and I have no doubt that I won’t be the last.

Beyond that, Forum for the Future is growing, and it’s growing globally. We opened an office in New York back in 2010, which is now thriving. We’ve recently started working out of Mumbai and have just recruited the first staff member for our Singapore office. All hugely exciting. All hugely carbon intensive.

Both this international expansion and the global promotion of my book are strategic decisions that we believe will catalyse change. But they raise a number of questions.

What criteria need to be fulfilled before deciding to get on a plane? How can we measure whether the impact we have in a meeting, at a workshop or a conference justifies the means of travel there? What role does my book have to play in creating a world we all want to be a part of?

As you would expect, we do have a checklist for these decisions, including only flying when the equivalent train journey takes more than six hours and travelling with the most carbon-efficient airline.

Once this exhaustive list has been worked through, and we’re convinced that the journey is justified, we will travel. And, as we would recommend to any of our partners, we then offset that travel.

For many years now Forum for the Future’s offset partner of choice has been climate and development experts ClimateCare. Not only do they offset our business travel, but also our operational emissions – because we have to acknowledge that we, as an organisation, have an impact.

This emissions offsetting is a key part of the ambitious strategies of the likes of Kingfisher, Interface or M&S and their net positive / de-coupling / zeronaut ambitions (which you can read more about in this Green Futures article). Once every effort has been taken to reduce or avoid emissions, offsetting then has a crucial role to play in helping organisations give more to our environment than they take out.

It’s for these reasons that I continue to be an ardent supporter of offsetting done well (if it’s not done well with the right kind of offset provider as part of a radical carbon reduction strategy, it’s not worth doing). But far too many environmentalists fail to distinguish between “done well” and “better not done” – which is hugely unhelpful.

It’s part of our role at Forum for the Future to help people understand that crucial difference.

Enter our prize draw to win a signed copy of Jonathon’s new book – The World We Made.

 

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Related links:

–       Read more about ClimateCare’s climate and development approach here

–       Read the Green Futures Special Edition ‘Offset Postive’ here.

 

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.  Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity.  In addition, Porritt is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme which runs Seminars for senior executives around the world.  He is a Non-Executive of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008), a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water (2005-2012).

He stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.

Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University.

Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection. 

 

Carbon offsetting discussed on BBC Radio 4

John Broome, Professor of Moral Philosophy and author of a book Climate Matters, was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme.

Engaged by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Professor Broome endorsed the role of carbon offsetting saying, “I have rather strong views about that, actually, which I came to in the course of writing this book – it wasn’t something I’d previously thought about. But I think elementary common sense tells you that you are not morally entitled to do harm to other people for the sake of your own benefit.

And our carbon emissions do do harm to other people, and mostly we do it for the sake of our own benefit. This is an unjust act, so we ought not to do it. So my conclusion, rather strongly, is that we should not, any of us, emit greenhouse gas.

Now the way we can achieve that, at the moment –  or a way we can achieve it – is by the process of offsetting.

It isn’t that you should donate to a carbon charity. What you should do is pay money to a company which undertakes to take out of the atmosphere, in effect, the same amount of greenhouse gases you put in it. That way, you don’t have any – make any net contribution, and you yourself do not warm the atmosphere.”   

You can listen to the full episode on BBC Radio 4’s listen again, at 50 mins 44 seconds.

The opportunity to listen again has now ended, but you can see a transcript of this interview below:

Source: BBC Radio 4 PM

Date: 11/09/2013

Event: John Broome: “Our lifetime emissions will shorten lives by six months or so”

Credit: BBC Radio 4

People:

  • Professor John Broome: Professor of Moral Philosophy and IPCC Lead Author
  • Eddie Mair: BBC journalist and presenter of PM

 

Eddie Mair: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has engaged a philosopher to help produce its forthcoming report on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report – the fifth of its kind since the IPCC was created in 1988 – will focus more heavily on ethical issues than previous reports. Abstract concepts, such as the relative importance of non-existent people and how much we value a second bathroom, will enter the debate, alongside how to insulate millions of lofts. John Broome, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, is one of the lead authors of the IPCC’s report on the mitigation of climate change. His book, on the ethics of climate change, is called Climate Matters. Thanks for joining us. How are you approaching this task?

John Broome: Good afternoon. Um, diplomatically. Er, the IPCC works by consensus, and I am dealing with a lot of people who haven’t had experience with working with a philosopher before. They’re very friendly, very tolerant, but they find it difficult and I have to help them.

Eddie Mair: What – what should people know about working with a philosopher, for people who have never done it?

John Broome: Er, I think that we are broad-minded. So whereas a lot of people I deal with have their own fixed views about the foundations of value, shall we say, um, in philosophy you have to take all possibilities on board, you have to consider all options. You can end up by taking a firm view yourself, on the basis of argument, but you do need to make sure that it is well-founded and you need to consider a lot of different views.

Eddie Mair: And what sort of response do you get, when people – a lot of people have very firm views on climate change – when you poke your head up and, sort of, challenge that a bit?

John Broome: I don’t know that I challenge any of the concrete views that my colleagues have about what we ought to do. But I do challenge the basis on which they argue, sometimes. So, for instance, I deal a lot with economists, and economists have a pretty firm moral theory, that all of value depends on the satisfaction of people’s preferences. Now, that may be right – it’s certainly defensible – but there are other values that one needs to take into account. For example, to take a very simple example, it’s surely a bad thing if animals suffer, quite independently of what people’s preferences are about that. So there are many sources of values other than ones that economists tend to think of.

Eddie Mair: A question which often arises, when people discuss climate change, is how much individuals can do. Some people feel a little small, a little powerless, that whatever they do will be dwarfed, inevitably, by what corporations do or what governments do.

John Broome: Well, it is true that it will be dwarfed. As individuals, we are small contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, And the problem is going to be solved, if it ever does get solved, by action from governments and from the international community. But that doesn’t mean that what we each do, as individuals, is insignificant. It’s relatively small, but nevertheless significant. I can give you, if you like, a rough quantity. So, um, the emissions that you and I typically make, during the course of a year – one of their effects is that it’s going to shorten people’s lives, around the planet, over the next century, by a day or two in total. It’s not going to shorten any one person’s life by a day or two, but there is a lot of death that will result from climate change, and when we emit greenhouse gas we add to that. We shorten lives, and in total it will work out, from a year’s emissions, to about a day or two. Our lifetime emissions will shorten lives by six months or so. Now that’s not insignificant – I don’t think anybody would want to shorten lives by that much. But that is what our emissions will do.

Eddie Mair: And – I mean, I’ve been having a read of some of your writings today, and you pose an interesting question, and I wonder if you could talk through your thinking on what the answer might be. Which is worse, the death of a child in 2018 or the death of a child today?

John Broome: Oh, I think they’re the same. Um, I don’t think that all deaths are equally bad, because I think what people lose when they die is the rest of their lives. And not all of us have so much of their life left – I don’t, for example. But if we’re talking about two children with the same life expectation, about the same age, then I don’t think that the date at which they die can possibly make any difference to the badness of their death.

Eddie Mair: What do you say to people who wrestle with carbon offsetting? They might be taking a flight and think “Well, should I donate to a carbon charity?”

John Broome: I have rather strong views about that, actually, which I came to in the course of writing this book – it wasn’t something I’d previously thought about. But I think elementary common sense tells you that you are not morally entitled to do harm to other people for the sake of your own benefit. And our carbon emissions do do harm to other people, and mostly we do it for the sake of our own benefit. This is an unjust act, so we ought not to do it. So my conclusion, rather strongly, is that we should not, any of us, emit greenhouse gas. Now the way we can achieve that, at the moment –  or a way we can achieve it – is by the process of offsetting. It isn’t that you should donate to a carbon charity. What you should do is pay money to a company which undertakes to take out of the atmosphere, in effect, the same amount of greenhouse gases you put in it. That way, you don’t have any – make any net contribution, and you yourself do not warm the atmosphere.

Eddie Mair: John Broome, Professor of Moral Philosophy, thank you. He’s also the author of a book Climate Matters.

 

 

ClimateCare News update

In June, experts predicted that the world’s biggest emitting nations would fail to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets. As a result, the Climate Action Tracker estimates a 3.8C rise in global temperatures this century. The consequences will be felt by people around the world. Whilst international talks remain inconclusive, ClimateCare clients are taking action now and showing the policy makers how it should be done.

The case for businesses across the world to show leadership by taking voluntary action on climate change has never been stronger. Customers, investors and governments alike are looking to corporations to safeguard a future for their business and the next generation.

Our clients find they can deliver more impact for money and demonstrate measurable responsibility for the environment and communities in which they operate, by supporting our integrated Climate and Development projects.

This can be as simple as offsetting carbon emissions to fund these projects, that protect the environment and improve people’s lives. However many of our clients also ask us to develop and deliver a more integrated approach to their sustainability strategy and use us to instigate partnerships with NGOs and governments in order to scale up their activity.

So whether you represent a Business, Government or NGO, if you’d like to be a part of this voluntary movement, call us now on +44(0)1865 591000 to discuss how we can work together.

Edward Hanrahan, Director

 

ClimateCare’s pioneering approach recognised through new Environmental Finance award

 

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ClimateCare was ranked Best Project Developer – Public Health in the Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Ranking. This prestigious peer voted award acknowledges the organisation’s integrated Climate and Development model for projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

“Our decision to create a ‘Public Health’ category in project development is in response to growing demand from offset buyers for projects that deliver measurable outcomes beyond emissions reductions,” says Mark Nicholls, Editor of Environmental Finance. “These projects, and the developers such as ClimateCare who have pioneered them, show how carbon market techniques – such as quantification, measurement, and cost-effective project development – can be applied to improving health in some of the poorest parts of the world.”

We’re particularly pleased that this award is from our partners who have taken this opportunity to vote for us and recognise our unique approach.

We’d like to thank every one of you, for your support.

Do you buy green tariff electricity?
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For some organisations, there may be a better way to support the transformation to a renewable energy supply that the world needs.
Talk to our experts to find out of if, by taking a different approach,  you could save money, increase the impact of your CSR initiatives and demonstrate measurable results that you can include in your sustainability reporting.
Call us on +44(0)1865 591000

ClimateCare offsets emissions for Sustainable Business and Edie.net 

Following a successful partnership across three events last year, Sustainable Business Magazine and edie.net have extended their agreement with ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to key events this year.

Travel by those attending six key events will be offset with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, a multi-award winning project selected by the UNFCCC to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries. As well as cutting carbon, the project delivers safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, which has the potential to dramatically improve health and protect the environment.

“We’re delighted to work with ClimateCare on two fronts” says Head of Events Mark Baker. “One, they are helping us take measurable action to make our events more sustainable – one more step towards ensuring our own business is sustainable as those we write about. Secondly, we hope that this partnership will allow ClimateCare to share their messages with our event delegates, stimulating new action and partnerships that will benefit everyone.”

Leading thinkers on Climate Change and Social Development choose ClimateCare as their offset partners. To follow their lead, call us on +44 (0)1865 591000. 

Gyapa Stoves project cuts record amount of Carbon 

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Since it was founded, ClimateCare has advocated integrated Climate and Development projects, designed from the outset to protect the environment and improve people’s lives. The Gyapa Stoves project, run by Relief International (RI), is an excellent example of this approach.

“RI manages the largest locally produced fuel efficient stove project in Africa and is pleased to work with ClimateCare as a pioneer in the Gold Standard methodology that makes it possible to fund ventures like Gyapa.” Chip Leavengood, RI Board Chairperson

The production, sale and use of these low-cost innovative stoves drive economic growth and reduces environmental impact. The stove reduces charcoal usage by up to 50%, reduces harmful smoke inhalation for the cooks and household and is more durable and safer than traditional stoves.

Since 2007, nearly half a million Gyapa™ stoves have been sold, improving the lives of over 2.4 million Ghanaians and saving them over $40.6 million in fuel costs. It has also created jobs for over 400 independent producers and 500 retail agents throughout Ghana.

Having helped structure finance for this project, we’re delighted to see it cutting a record amount of carbon and having such a positive impact on the lives of local people. To continue, projects like this need on-going funding through sales of carbon reductions.

To offset your emissions with this, world leading Climate and Development project, contact business@climatecare.org
How to unlock business funding for development projects

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A key part of our work is bringing together public/private sector partnerships through innovative funding models for sustainable development.
In a recent article for the Science and Development Network, SciDev.net, ClimateCare Director Edward Hanrahan explains how results-based financing can help the private sector engage in development.

We have also been investigating new types of financing facility and a report we produced together with Climate Change Capital and Fauna & Flora International proposes the creation of a ‘Perpetuity Fund’ – to provide concessional finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries – Thinktank Perpetuity Funds

Whether you want to structure funding for your project or fund measurable outcomes for people and the environment, call us to discuss your requirements on +44 (0)1865 591000.
Want to take action in the UK?

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ClimateCare is working exclusively with leading UK charity the Woodland Trust, to offer our customers a unique opportunity to offset their emissions and take action to support important habitat creation in the UK. This can be a great way to engage staff, customers and suppliers in the UK with your international activity to protect the environment and improve lives.

Call us now to find out how we can help you on +44(0)1865 591000.

Improving lives in Honduras

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We are proud to partner with Proyecto Mirador, a great example of the integrated style program that ClimateCare advocates. Distributing fuel efficient cookstoves, the project cuts carbon emissions, improves health by reducing toxic fumes and saves families money on fuel bills.
For example, just one low-cost, 5-year Dos por Tres stove uses about half the wood of a traditional stove, removes most toxic smoke and soot particles from inside homes and can offset about 70% of the annual carbon footprint of an average American.

This Gold Standard project is based in rural Honduras, where over 65% of people live on less than $2 a day [i] and have limited access to medical care and safe water. It provides substantial health and economic benefits to families and has already created 14 local microenterprises and indirectly, more than 100 jobs.

Supporting this project will be of particular interest to organisations that want to demonstrate positive action in Central America and new research, underway with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will further quantify the health and social development benefits delivered to local communities.

[i] International Fund for Agicultural Development, Poverty figures for 2010 (IFAD)

Contact us now to support this leading Climate and Development project.

Generating clean power in Kenya

Or PowerOur team in Nairobi is delighted to announce that two projects that it has been working on for Kengen, the national electricity generating company in Kenya, have been registered with the Clean Development Mechanism. Currently under construction, the two geothermal plants will come on line in 2014 and 2015.

They will increase power generation capacity in Kenya by around 20% and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 million tonnes a year. Geothermal power is Kenya’s indigenous form of clean, reliable, renewable electricity. You can see a video about a similar project we worked on here.

ClimateCare has an experienced team in Kenya, which is also working for the likes of DfID, the Belgian Development Agency and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.

If you would like to find out more about what the team can offer you, please email tom.morton@climatecare.org or call him on +254 728 218 183. 
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Call the ClimateCare team now on
+44 (0)1865 591000, to discuss how
you can get involved with innovative
climate and development projects.

Sustainable Business Magazine, edie.net and ClimateCare strengthen ties to help organisations take measurable action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets.

Following a successful partnership across three events last year, Sustainable Business Magazine and edie.net have extended their agreement with ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to key events this year.

Travel by those attending six key events will be offset with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, a multi-award winning project recently selected by the UNFCCC to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries. As well as cutting carbon, the project delivers safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, which has the potential to dramatically improve health and protect the environment.

“We specialise in helping businesses, governments and NGOs take a smart approach to tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges, increasing impact and making best use of their social investment budget” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan.

ClimateCare has fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world. It is well known for its integrated Climate and Development solutions, which deliver multiple positive outcomes for communities across the world, as well as creating innovative partnerships between public and private sector.

“We’re delighted to work with ClimateCare on two fronts” says Head of Events Mark Baker. “One, they are helping us take measurable action to make our events more sustainable – one more step towards ensuring our own business is sustainable as those we write about. Secondly, we hope that this partnership will allow ClimateCare to share their messages with our event delegates, stimulating new action and partnerships that will benefit everyone.”

ClimateCare representatives will be available at each event, to discuss delegates’ sustainability challenges and explore ways they can take cost effective action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets. Or you can contact the ClimateCare team directly on +44 (0)1865 591000 or by visiting www.climatecare.org

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is an independent ‘profit for purpose’ organisation committed to tackling climate change, poverty and development issues. Our unique climate and development model funds ground-breaking projects spanning renewable energy, water purification and clean cookstove technology, cutting emissions and transforming millions of lives worldwide. We enable organisations to adopt a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions and supporting sustainable development. Find out more at www.climatecare.org

LifeStraw Carbon for Water

This short video that explains how the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project works – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o0Fsv6O8FE

edie.net

More than a million professionals use edie.net every year to stay up-to-date with the latest news, information and analysis. From legislation and compliance updates, innovation and technology advances and exclusive market intelligence to the latest commentary, debate and expert opinion and interview and case studies highlighting best business practice.

Our editorial content directly addresses the issues that affect companies, making it an invaluable resource for an increasingly influential audience of decision makers across the spectrum of small, medium, large and enterprise-sized companies in the UK.

www.edie.net

Sustainable Business

As the UK’s number one digital climate change and sustainability magazine for business, Sustainable Business drives the agenda for firms looking to take advantage of the low-carbon economy – and helps them to make it happen.

The events covered by this partnership include:

Sustainability Communications Forum

21st May, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

www.sb-communications.net

Energy Management Forum 2013

14th May, One America Square Conference Centre, London

www.sb-energy.net

Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement
27th June, 76 Portland Place, London

www.sb-supplychain.net

Sustainability Leaders Forum 2013

21st November, Hotel Russell, London

www.sustainabilityleaders.net

ClimateCare News Update – March 2013

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 business@climatecare.org

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.

World Water day on 22 March, is a great opportunity to showcase your support of water provision projects like Carbon for Water and AquaClara to your staff and customers.

Contact us on +44 (0)1865 591000, if we can help with your communications on this theme.

bottle_www_ground_r1And, 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

aviva_colLeading 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.

Carbon credit trading schemes and carbon offsets as part of an investment product

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) are receiving an increasing number of reports from people who have been approached by firms promoting carbon credit trading schemes or offering carbon offsets as part of an investment product to individuals.

ClimateCare recommends that any individual that has been approached by a business selling carbon offsets as a personal investment reads the advice on the FSA’s website.

Unauthorised firms

The FSA also keeps a record of firms that are providing investment advice or selling investment products but are not regulated by the FSA. For a list of these firms please visit this page:

 

ClimateCare’s position

ClimateCare provides high quality Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) to help individuals and businesses take responsibility for their carbon emissions by offsetting their carbon footprint. ClimateCare does not recommend VERs should be purchased by unsophisticated Investors as an investment.

You may also wish to read the statement ICROA (International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance) have issued on their website.

 

Forum for the Future is delighted to strengthen ties with leading Climate and Development experts, ClimateCare

Forum for the Future today strengthened a longstanding relationship with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare. In what promises to be a mutually beneficial partnership, ClimateCare will take advantage of Forum for the Future’s expertise, networking and convening powers to engage Corporates, NGOs and Governments in its continuing drive to tackle climate change and poverty hand in hand.

ClimateCare’s innovative projects deliver both Climate (carbon reduction) and Development (health and poverty alleviation) benefits. For businesses, this means smarter use of their money – supporting projects that deliver not only emission reductions to address their unavoidable carbon footprint, but measured outcomes which can contribute to other CSR objectives. 

“If we are serious about tackling climate change – and the latest evidence from the Arctic underlines the urgency of doing so – then sound, science-based offsets should be a vital part of our toolkit. We simply cannot achieve the scale and speed of carbon reductions required by curbing our own emissions alone. But by investing in best quality offsets, we can start to make the sweeping cuts needed – while at the same time helping improve people’s quality of life in the here and now. It honestly should be a ‘no brainer’! ClimateCare has a strong record of delivering such ‘positive offsets’, and I’m delighted to be working with them as Green Futures Partners” explains Jonathan Porritt, Founder of Forum for the Future and Green Futures Magazine.

ClimateCare is the provider of choice for Forum for the Future, which offsets its own carbon footprint through their innovative Climate and Development projects. For example, delegate travel to and from Forum networking events is offset with the Carbon for Water Project. Recent winner of many awards including Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year, this project is the first of its kind to use climate finance to provide sustainable, safe water at scale – reaching over 4.5 million people in Kenya, cutting carbon emissions and improving health.

“Forum for the Future has always been a great supporter of our approach” explains ClimateCare director, Edward Hanrahan, “from our work together, setting out the case for carbon offsetting through the ever popular ‘Offset Positive’ publication, to their current support of our Climate and Development model. We look forward to working in partnership to help businesses, NGOs and Governments achieve their objectives and make a measurable difference in the fight to tackle climate change and alleviate poverty.”

Organisations can work with ClimateCare on a bespoke basis, to develop themed projects that match their environment, CSR and brand strategy and make a real, measurable difference on the ground. Contact us on +44(0) 01865 591000 to find out more.

 

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