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.”
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
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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
How to unlock business funding for development projects
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?
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
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
Our 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 email@example.com or call him on +254 728 218 183.
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We are proud to partner with Proyecto Mirador, a great example of the integrated style program that ClimateCare advocates. Not only does the project cut carbon emissions, helping tackle climate change, but it improves health by reducing toxic fumes and saves families money on fuel bills. Read more in this press release.
A new report by ClimateCare, Climate Change Capital and Fauna & Flora International proposes the creation of new type of financing facility – a ‘Perpetuity Fund’ – to provide concessional finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Climate and Development expert ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is improving health and reducing carbon emissions with the registration of its CDM cookstove Programme of Activities.
ClimateCare developed the Gold Standard methodology that first made carbon finance for clean cookstove projects possible. 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 project, implemented by CookClean Ghana Ltd, has secured international investment from ClimateCare and BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd with production and sales of stoves getting off the ground late last year.
“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 CDM 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. A short lived climate pollutant (SLCP), black carbon remains in the atmosphere for a few decades at most 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 – it is estimated that stamping out SLCPs could cut the rate of climate change by half, for several decades 1. Recognising the role that high-quality improved cooking stoves have in reducing black carbon, ClimateCare fully supports UNEP’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which seeks to tackle this form of pollution.
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 world2.
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. “’With the current low CER price, it is absolutely vital that we find ways to continue to fund projects such as these, which both reduce emissions , and, crucially deliver real, measurable differences to people’s lives, health and financial security. Given this, our work to measure and secure Results Based Finance for all the outcomes of these integrated projects is more important than ever.”
ClimateCare is working with Governments and NGOs across the world, making the most of their 15 years’ experience delivering dual outcome projects, to develop multiple funding streams on a payment by results basis. Organisations interested in supporting Climate and Development projects should contact ClimateCare on +44 (0)1865 591000.
Further details about this Programme of Activities can be found on the UNFCCC website: https://cdm.unfccc.int/ProgrammeOfActivities/poa_db/V7A06W39LCRF4X8P1BGIJDUEKTS5QH/view
|We have long advocated that an integrated approach to tackling Climate and Development challenges will benefit business, people and the environment. The main argument is simple – multiple outcome projects deliver better value for money, essential in the current economic climate.
Our Climate and Development approach continues to win support and we were particularly pleased that it was endorsed by Jonathan Porritt last week, who described it as a ‘no brainer’.
Carbon Reporting is on the horizon for many UK businesses and taking demonstrable action on CSR can be a vital licence to operate. We are welcoming many exciting new clients and partners, helping them integrate activities, focus on measurable results and make smarter use of their budgets.
Find out how we can help you take responsibility for your environmental impacts and make measurable improvements to the lives of millions of people across the world. Catch up with the team at one of the events listed in this newsletter, or call us on +44 (0)1865 591000.
Jonathan Porritt endorses ClimateCare’s approach
Forum for the Future has strengthened its longstanding relationship with us and last week, Jonathan Porritt endorsed our approach underlining that “sound, science-based offsets should be a vital part of our toolkit, and saying;
“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.”
ClimateCare is the provider of choice for Forum for the Future, which offsets its own carbon footprint through our innovative Climate and Development projects.
Find out more, or offset your emissions online at www.climatecare.org
|Sustainable Business magazine and edie.net join forces with ClimateCareLeading online environmental publishers edie.net and Sustainable Business magazine have recently partnered with us to offset the carbon emissions associated with travel to key events.
Travel by those attending the 2012 Responsible Procurement and Supplier Engagement Conference, Corporate Water Risk 2012 Conference and the Sustainability Leaders Forum will be offset through the multiple award-winning Carbon for Water project.
“It is important for us to practise what we preach” explains head of events, Mark Baker. “ClimateCare are experts in this field, with fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world. Working with them has helped us understand how we can ensure our own business is a sustainable as those we write about. Offsetting the travel of delegates and speakers attending our events is a positive step towards this.”
ClimateCare representatives will be available to discuss their unique Climate and Development approach at all three events.
Find out more, or offset your emissions online at www.climatecare.org
|Jaguar Land Rover continues to support innovative projectsSince 2007 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has invested in carbon reduction projects across the globe, as part of its sustainability approach.
Through their support of 50 carbon reduction projects, JLR have not only generated enough renewable electricity to power London for 21 days but, through careful selection of projects, they have also improved the health of more than 1 million people.
Working with ClimateCare, JLR has funded some of the most innovative carbon funded projects in the world. Watch the JLR 50th project video here
Find out more, or offset your emissions online at www.climatecare.org
|Encouraging customers to offset emissionsDid you know that we can help you develop programmes for your customers or suppliers? lastminute.com explain how they work with ClimateCare to help their customers offset flight emissions.
Why did you decide to help your customers offset their flight emissions?
Over the last 5.5 years, we’ve invited our customers to offset their emissions and urged others in the industry to follow suit.
We took this step is because we recognised that we cannot escape our responsibility to take action to fight climate change.
As well as making customers aware of the issues, we at lastminute.com have taken steps to reduce our own energy consumption and we offset emissions from staff business trips and office energy use.
How do you engage your customers with offsetting?
On our website we explain how just one passenger on a return flight from London to New York generates 1.5 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of boiling a kettle for two months or leaving on a flat-screen TV non-stop for three years, or running the car 24 hours a day for four weeks. This is one way of helping consumers understand the impacts of travel on our environment.
Showcasing what our customer’s offsetting contributions have actually achieved and how their money has helped reduce CO2 emissions through a range of sustainable energy projects is our way of saying thank you and translating our customer’s contributions into something tangible.
If you’re thinking about working with customers or suppliers to offset their emissions, let us help. www.climatecare.org
|Project Development UpdateYou may know that our project development arm is situated in Nairobi, Kenya. Development in Africa has always been a focus for ClimateCare and this is increasingly the case. Nairobi is a business and development hub for Sub-Saharan Africa and is also home to the Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme.
ClimateCare now has three projects approaching Registration with the Clean Development Mechanism in Kenya, which when built, will boost Kenya’s electricity generating capacity by 20%.
We are also working with a number of organisations to boost the delivery of household-level interventions – bringing energy access to those who are not on the electricity grid or clean water to those who do not have a safe supply.
But we don’t just work in Africa. We are involved in a wide range of projects across the world.
As a result, we can offer carbon credits at highly competitive rates, for example from China Wind and Indian Hydro projects. At the other end of the scale, we can offer unique, multiple benefit Gold Standard projects. We can even help if you want the best of both worlds, with highest quality Gold Standard credits from the Aliağa wind project in Turkey available at market-beating prices.
To discuss your particular requirements, please call us today on +44 (0)1865 591000.
|Project update: Carbon for WaterSafe drinking water
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A World First
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|Project update: Aliağa WindPrice
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|ClimateCare – Out and AboutWe will be speaking at, or supporting the following events over the next few months. We look forward to seeing you there.
Impact Investing Conference 04 October
Co-operatives United 29 Oct – 4 Nov
Corporate Water Risk 30 October
Carbon Forum Asia 31 October
Carbon Expo Australia 7-9 November
Sustainability Leaders Forum 5 December
Finally, look out for the Carbon for Water film, screening at a series of UK film festivals this autumn including:
Wildscreen Festival, 14- 19 Oct, Bristol
Raindance Film Festival, 26 Sept to 7 Oct, London
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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.
Since 2007 Jaguar Land Rover has been investing in carbon reduction projects across the globe, as one part of their approach to sustainability.
Today they celebrate the multiple achievements of their carbon offset programme with a stakeholder video, showcasing their support of 50 carbon reduction projects over 5 years. This support has delivered more than a 5 million tonnes reduction in CO2 –making it one of the largest voluntary carbon offset programmes in the world.
The very first project they supported was pioneering, using carbon finance to distribute efficient cookstoves in Uganda. Jaguar Land Rover has supported projects that have distributed more than 180,000 new fuel efficient stoves in Uganda, Ghana and Cambodia – dramatically reducing emissions and improving indoor air quality. Their support also paved the way for carbon funding for other cookstove projects, supporting the mission of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
True to form, the 50th project supported by Jaguar Land Rover is the unique and award winning Carbon for Water project in Kenya. This project is the first of its kind to use carbon funding to support the provision of safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya and last month was awarded Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year, adding to other recent awards for Social Innovation and Health.