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.”
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 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
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The events covered by this partnership include:
Sustainability Communications Forum
21st May, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London
Energy Management Forum 2013
14th May, One America Square Conference Centre, London
Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement
27th June, 76 Portland Place, London
Sustainability Leaders Forum 2013
21st November, Hotel Russell, London
Innovative Sustainable Business Model Enables the Hospitality and Tourism Industry to Collectively Address One of Our World’s Most Pressing Issues
WHOLE WORLD Water, a new social enterprise set to launch on World Water Day, March 22, 2013, announced today its sustainable business model that partners with the hospitality and tourism industry to collectively address one of the world’s most pressing issues – access to safe and clean water.
Leveraging the incredible potential of the hospitality and tourism industry to spur global change, the model encourages spas, hotels, resorts and restaurants to filter, bottle and sell their own water, and contribute 10 percent of the proceeds to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund; a fund benefiting clean and safe water programs around the world. An exclusive bottle created by world renowned product designer Yves Behar and fuseproject, will serve as the recognizable icon for the campaign, and ClimateCare, pioneers in climate and development projects, and results based financing, will manage the Fund.
“This type of integrated initiative – that delivers positive business, environmental and development outcomes – is the essence of what ClimateCare is about and we are delighted to be involved with it” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan.
“Since 2008, Soneva Resorts, Residences and Spas have banned imported water in favor of bottling its own filtered water. Revenues were contributed to clean drinking water initiatives whose work has meant water access for over 600,000 people previously denied,” said Sonu Shivdasani, founding member of WHOLE WORLD Water. “Our resorts have proved that this solution works. We are proud to have inspired this global campaign and been able to provide initial seed capital through The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust to launch this exciting initiative.”
“The United Nations has proclaimed 2013 the Year of International Water Cooperation to raise awareness of the fact that nearly 1 billion people do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. Working together with the hospitality and tourism industry, we can see this issue solved within our lifetime,” said Jenifer Willig co-founder of WHOLE WORLD Water.
Industry leaders Soneva, Six Senses, Virgin Limited Edition, Virgin Hotels, Banyan Tree, Auberge du Soleil, Tao Restaurant Group, The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Dusit Hotels and Resorts, JetWing Hotels, and The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu have joined the campaign.
“At Virgin, we believe business must be a force for good, using its influence and resources to help find solutions to some of the world’s major issues,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder at Virgin Group and advisor to WHOLE WORLD Water. “This model reduces shipping pollution, financial and environmental costs, and it’s good for business.”
“The WHOLE WORLD Water model is designed to combat environmental, health, and economic issues, as it delivers radical change and drives a more robust bottom-line across the industry,” said Karena Albers, co-founder of WHOLE WORLD Water. “We estimate that with scale, the hospitality and tourism industry can contribute $1 billion per year or more to help eradicate this global issue.”
WHOLE WORLD Water is currently accepting new members to join its existing group of industry leaders.
Through this one simple change, the industry stands to benefit across its triple bottom-line: people, planet, and profits.
Industry members are invited to visit www.wholeworldwater.co to learn more about the initiative, and to become a member of WHOLE WORLD Water.
About the issue:
Today, 780 million people worldwide are without access to clean and safe drinking water, and an estimated 2.4 billion lack access to basic sanitation. WHOLE WORLD Water members seek to prove that social, environmental and economic progress are not mutually exclusive.
About WHOLE WORLD Water:
Developed to end the global water and sanitation crisis, WHOLE WORLD Water works to engage the hospitality and tourism industry to filter, bottle, and sell its own water, and contribute 10% of the proceeds to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund. Founded in 2012 by award winning documentary filmmaker Karena Albers, and Jenifer Willig, former CEO of the (RED) campaign, the core belief of WHOLE WORLD Water is that if it is not good for business, it is simply not sustainable. For more information, please visit www.wholeworldwater.co, and join the conversation on Twitter @WHOLEWORLDWater.
About The WHOLE WORLD Water Fund:
The WHOLE WORLD Water Fund was established to radically increase resources to provide access to clean and safe water to communities around the world. Designed specifically for clean and safe water investments, the Fund can be accessed by organizations, charities and social enterprises focused on clean and safe drinking water issues. By investing in projects with the potential to bring a return through carbon revenues and results based financing, the Fund enables revenues to be recycled back into the fund and deployed again. ClimateCare, pioneers in climate and development projects, and results based financing, are managing the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund. Trustees of the Fund include Sonu Shivdasani, Sir Jonathon Porritt and Edward Hanrahan. Board Advisors include: Sir Richard Branson, David de Rothschild, Yves Behar, Graham Hill, Ben Elliot and Shekhar Kapur.