Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal’ states new report

Launched today, a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that climate change is already happening and warns countries are ill-prepared for the impacts this will have on food security, water supplies and human health.

Some key points from the report

  • Observations of the climate system, based on direct measurements and remote sensing from satellites and other platforms, show warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
  • Since the 1950’s the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.
  • Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system.
  • Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • People who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally or otherwise marginalised are especially vulnerable to climate change.

ClimateCare can help you take action now to cut carbon emissions and improve lives by tackling poverty and improving health. Contact our team on +44(0)1865 591000, or email business@climatecare.org

Useful links

Please vote to support our partnership with NGO Relief International

We are delighted that our work with Relief International  has been nominated for a 2degrees award for social value.

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The Gyapa project cuts fuel costs for families, improves health, slows deforestation and supports the local economy.

 

Please show your support for partnerships like this, that deliver value for people and the environment, by clicking here to vote! 

 

You can directly support the Gyapa Project in Ghana by offsetting your carbon emissions through ClimateCare. Contact us to find out more on +44(0)1865 591000.

 

It’s UN World Water Day

As we approach UN World Water Day tomorrow, we are reminded that 780 million people around the world still do not have access to safe drinking water, although by some estimates, the number of people whose right to water is not satisfied could be as high as 3.5 billion. A key message from the World Water Day team is that private sector investment is essential if we are to tackle this issue.

You can read more about we are using our Climate and Development model to scale up safe water provision in this blog by Edward Hanrahan, published on Business Fights Poverty today.

We’re also taking the opportunity to celebrate some of the great work our corporate partners are undertaking to provide safe water through their support for Climate and Development projects.

As just one example, Jaguar Land Rover has supported the entire Busia area of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, helping to provide safe water to 700,000 people. Watch this suite of brand new video clips on our YouTube site to hear first hand how this makes a difference. (You can see the first in the series to the right of this post.)

And, this feature in Green Futures Magazine explains more about how Jaguar Land Rover’s approach to using carbon finance in a smart way, will create new opportunities for people around the world.

Another great example is the AquaClara project, which is supported through carbon finance by the Co-operative. Watch the short video on the right to see how this innovative project engages the community and provides safe water.

You too can take action and support projects like these that both cut carbon and provide safe water.

Contact the ClimateCare team today on +44(0)1865 591000 to find out how.

 

 

AquaClara project scoops two awards in the Gold Standard photo competition

WINNER: Water category

“The power of pure” ClimateCare, Kenya (photo by Kate Holt)

School children wash their hands in safe water thanks to a water filter supplied by the AquaClara project.

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WINNER: Local Community Engagement

“Empowering the next generation” ClimateCare, Kenya (photo by Kate Holt)

A teacher demonstrates the benefits of using water filters supplied by AquaClara at a primary school in a village near Kapsabit.

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 Visit the project page to find out more about the AquaClara project, or contact us on +44(0)1865 591000.

 

 

Press Release: JAGUAR LAND ROVER COLLABORATES WITH CLIMATECARE TO HELP CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR 12 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BY 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is supporting the entire Busia region of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project

 

BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013, Jaguar Land Rover, has announced its new Environmental Innovation Strategy which aims to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020 by creating a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives.

As well as focussing on reducing the whole life environmental impacts of its products, manufacturing and supply chain operations, Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy will deliver positive impacts in the communities where it operates by improving health, reducing poverty and providing new opportunities for employment and education.

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We will collaborate with climate and development expert ClimateCare to enable us to deliver projects that will help towards our target of creating opportunities for 12 million people, specifically in developing countries and to offset emissions from our manufacturing facilities.

Jaguar Land Rover has worked with ClimateCare since 2007, investing in innovative Climate and Development projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives. To deliver the new target of creating opportunities for 12 million people Jaguar Land Rover will work with ClimateCare for a further three years to develop and deliver world- leading carbon for development projects.

“ClimateCare has always concentrated on delivering integrated projects that enhance health, well-being and the environment” explains ClimateCare Director Tom Morton, “We are delighted to be working with Jaguar Land Rover on this innovative programme that will use its carbon offset budget in a smart way, to offset emissions and at the same time deliver measurable benefits for millions of people.”

Jaguar Land Rover has taken the first step towards its target by supporting a region of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project with ClimateCare and global health company Vestergaard in Kenya. The project  reduces carbon emissions and provides safe water to over 700,000 people by distributing LifeStraw water filters to the entire Busia region of Kenya.

“This is the first time that one business has supported a complete geographic region of this project, and means we can better identify the positive impact Jaguar Land Rover’s support has on local communities” explains ClimateCare Director, Tom Morton.

ClimateCare is working with Jaguar Land Rover and LBG (the London Benchmarking Group) to agree consistent measurement methodologies that will be used to accurately report the number of lives improved throughout the Jaguar Land Rover programme.

 

LifeStraw Carbon for Water Project, Kenya

This award winning project is run on the ground by Vestergaard, a global health company dedicated to helping disadvantaged people, and provides about 4.5 million people in western Kenya with simple, gravity fed water filters This replaces the need for resource-intensive treatment methods such as boiling water with firewood which depletes forests or chemical treatment. Residents now have ready access to safe drinking water which can prevent waterborne diseases like Cholera and Typhoid.

The project is recognised as a lighthouse project by the UN and has won numerous awards. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions, measured and independently verified by the Gold Standard Foundation. Vestergaard partnered with ClimateCare to make the project sustainable through the sale of carbon credits to organisations, like Jaguar Land Rover, that choose to offset their unavoidable emissions.

By purchasing carbon credits to offset its entire UK manufacturing assembly emissions for one year, JLR has supported the provision of safe drinking water to the 700,000 people who live in the Busia area.

 

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

 

Jaguar Land Rover has:

  • Reduced operating CO2 emissions by 21 per cent since 2007 (per vehicle produced).
  • Cut waste to landfill by 75 per cent since 2007 (per vehicle produced). Reduced water consumption by 17 per cent (per vehicle produced).
  • Operated one of the world’s largest CO2 offset programmes. All Jaguar and Land Rover manufacturing assembly is CO2 offset.
  • Emissions from transporting cars to global markets has reduced by 18 per cent since 2008 (per vehicle produced).

See more on the Jaguar Land Rover website.

 

Press enquiries and image requests:

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