Monthly Archives: July 2014

New social value measurement toolkit

Our work with Aviva (using the LBG framework to measure the social impact of its carbon offset programme) features as a case study in this brand new interactive Social Value Toolkit.

It provides advice from practitioners on how to plan and deliver an effective Social Value measurement approach. It also gives tips on how to define and communicate Social Value in a way that is meaningful to different stakeholders and offers a set of downloadable tools.

Check it out here

ClimateCare’s Edward Hanrahan meets Her Majesty The Queen

Edward Hanrahan and Rhiannon Szmigielski represented ClimateCare at a Buckingham Palace reception last week, in recognition of the company’s recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

The prestigious event was a great chance to talk to other leading UK businesses, celebrating their success and, of course, taking the opportunity to share our message about responsible and sustainable business!

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Photo: Edward Hanrahan, CEO, ClimateCare receives congratulations from Her Majesty The Queen

> Read more about our Queen’s Award

The Co-operative: Carbon Insetting Delivers Supply Chain Community Benefits

“Over the last twelve years we have enjoyed a positive and successful relationship with ClimateCare. The team consistently deliver projects that provide community benefits as well as carbon reductions and that match our brand position as a leader on social responsibility.

Most recently ClimateCare is creating new partnerships to help us achieve carbon reductions through bespoke projects that benefit communities within our own supply chain.”

Ben Norbury, The Co-operative

 

The Challenge

Long before most businesses, The Co-operative recognised the need to act on climate change. For nearly a decade the group has reported its GHG emissions and has reduced direct emissions by 45% since 2006, with a target of 50% by 2020. The Co-operative takes carbon management further by purchasing renewable energy and then voluntarily offsetting some of its unavoidable GHG emissions.

Social value has also been central to The Co-operative since it was founded. Building on its leading approach to Fairtrade, it also supports producers with benefits above and beyond what the Fairtrade premium delivers. For example, through its Beyond Fairtrade programme it is providing help to strengthen democracy, boost productivity, diversify into other products, improve environmental practices, have a stronger voice in trading negotiations or improve community-wide access to basic necessities like clean water, sanitation and green energy.

Now, the Group is leading the field again, working with ClimateCare to bring these two elements of its CSR programme together. It will deliver environmental and social aims by investing in a bespoke project, designed from the outset to measurably improve lives, tackle climate change and support a tea co-operative within its Fairtrade supply chain.

 

The Solution

ClimateCare’s award winning project development expertise, coupled with our integrated approach to Climate and Development meant we were able to rise to the challenge of developing integrated supply chain projects.

In close consultation with The Co-operative headquarters in Manchester, we worked with Fairtrade tea-producing co-operatives in Kenya to understand their community requirements and devised ways to deliver those improvements using carbon finance.

After a series of community consultations, lack of access to safe water was identified as a key issue. As a result, ClimateCare is now working on a series of bespoke Climate and Development projects to provide safe water and cut carbon emissions within The Co-operatives’ Fairtrade supply chain communities.

 

The Impact

  • The first of these supply chain projects is an extension of the AquaClara Project to communities in Kericho – which are part of the Co-operatives Fairtrade tea supply chain. It is expected that this extension will cut 6,462 tonnes of carbon and provide safe water to 14,000 people.
  • The Co-operative will be able to offset some of its UK carbon emissions through this and future projects, taking responsibility for its unavoidable environmental impact and at the same time building supply chain resilience and adaptability to the impacts of climate change.
  • And, through a joined up approach ClimateCare is helping The Co-operative make smarter use of its budget to meet environmental, community and business goals.

 

ClimateCare’s Role

We have been working in partnership with The Co-operative for over twelve years, developing and sourcing projects which reduce carbon emissions and support sustainable development.

Our unique position as a project developer, coupled with our Climate and Development expertise meant we were able to help The Co-operative integrate its activity. Through bespoke project development we are helping it take advantage of synergies and meet both its sustainable development and environmental objectives.

 

More information

> Read more about the AquaClara Project

> The Co-operative Group Sustainability Report

> AquaClara Project scoops two awards in Gold Standard Photo competition

> Ethical TV Features AquaClara Video

> ClimateCare Director Tom Morton tastes safe water from the AquaClara project

Aviva shortlisted for improving lives whilst tackling climate change

Well done to our partners at Aviva who have just been shortlisted for an Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Award 2014 in the category – Most Effective International Community Investment.

This is in recognition of Aviva’s smart use of carbon finance to deliver social impacts as well as tackle climate change. By supporting our integrated Climate and Development projects Aviva has not only offset carbon emissions, but improved 395,000 lives through the provision of safe drinking water and efficient cookstoves.

In addition, our work to apply the LBG measurement framework to Aviva’s carbon offset programme was a world first. It means that other companies can now follow Aviva’s lead and confidently report the social impacts of their carbon offsetting programmes with ClimateCare.

Contact us to find out how you can deliver social and environmental impacts through an integrated ClimateCare programme.

Watch our new Gyapa project video

This great new video tells how choosing to offset your carbon emissions with the Gyapa Cookstove project, which was nominated for a 2degrees Social Value Award this year, will improve lives in Ghana.

The project is run on the ground by NGO Relief International and has already helped save more than 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, but it’s not just about tackling climate change. Recent research shows that for every tonne of CO2 you offset through Gold Standard cookstove projects like this, you will deliver $55 of health impacts, $93 of livelihood impacts and $3 of employment.

The Gyapa project has a particular focus on developing skills, creating jobs and stimulating enterprise. It generates employment for 350 manufacturers and more than 500 local retailers. Tackling poverty is also a key element and to date this project has saved families in Ghana more than $41 million in fuel costs – money they can now spend on food, clothing, healthcare and education.

We can provide wonderful case study stories, photos and video assets from this project, which together with support from our communications team, will help you engage colleagues and stakeholders with your offset programme.

The Gold Standard Foundation has recently verified 2012 and 2013 emissions reductions and these credits are now available for purchase. Contact the ClimateCare team to discuss your requirements.

Read more about how offsetting your carbon footprint with the Gyapa project will benefit people, the environment and your business.

Best Project Developer Public Health

We’re delighted that ClimateCare has once again been voted Best Project Developer Public Health by Environmental Finance.

This award was created to acknowledge a growing interest in the climate and development projects that we specialise in. At the time, Environmental Finance editor Mark Nicholls, said: “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.

“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.”

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ClimateCare wrote the methodology that made it possible to fund the distribution of more efficient cookstoves to communities through carbon finance, and pioneered some of the first projects.

Read more about our projects and how they deliver for people and the environment.

This research from The Gold Standard Foundation highlights the value of health benefits delivered through these climate and development projects.