Monthly Archives: October 2014

Celebrating the power of cookstoves & launching our new vision

PRESS RELEASE:

In 10 years ClimateCare has funded improved cookstoves for over 6.5 million people helping tackle one of the developing world’s leading causes of death. Today it calls for more partners to meet its 2020 targets – to improve 20 million lives and cut 20 million tonnes of CO2.

Improved cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution – one of the developing world’s biggest killers, cut fuel costs for families and help tackle climate change. Today, 10 years since ClimateCare pioneered the first ever improved cookstove project funded by carbon finance, it announced that with its corporate and public sector partners it has channelled finance into cookstove projects around the world, improving life for 6.5 million people and cutting 2.6 million tonnes of CO2.

ClimateCare also published ambitious targets to cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of 20 million people by 2020 – calling for more Corporate and Government partners to fund cookstove and other integrated Climate+Care programmes.

“Everything we do is designed to tackle climate change, alleviate poverty and improve health,” explains CEO Edward Hanrahan. “Provision of improved cookstoves is a great example of an intervention that delivers against all three elements, and in particular improves life for women and girls. We have delivered a huge amount, in partnership with our pioneering corporate partners, but are really only scratching the surface of the issue with these numbers. So, in pursuit of our ambitious 2020 targets, we call on other corporate and government partners to help us scale up investment in cookstove projects alongside the other Climate+Care programmes we specialise in including safe water provision, irrigation and clean energy access.”

Key supporters of cookstove projects include Jaguar Land Rover, who funded the first ever Gold Standard cookstove project through ClimateCare, and who have helped provide stoves to 832,000 families. The Co-operative and Aviva have also made significant contributions helping to fund stoves to 350,000 and 57,000 families respectively.

Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world still cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that 4 million premature deaths are caused every year from exposure to smoke from these cooking methods – more than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The impacts are particularly pronounced for women and girls.

A new calculator launched on the ClimateCare website today highlights the enormous potential for organisations to deliver benefits for both people and the environment by investing in Climate+Care cookstove and safe water programmes. For example, it shows that if everyone voluntarily offsetting carbon emissions did so through a cookstove project, together they could help improve the lives of 432 million people, saving them £7 billion in fuel costs and generating $299 million of employment.

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You can get an indication of the difference your business could make by investing in cookstove projects by using the online calculator http://climatecare.org/our-vision/

The ClimateCare Cookstove Story

Back in 2004, ClimateCare was the first company in the world to fund an improved cookstove project through carbon finance.

This first project was in Bangladesh, where traditional open fires were replaced with more efficient cookstoves, saving the wood fuel used for cooking ClimateCare worked with Practical Action (formerly ITDG) to extend their work in households and improve cooking methods.

Building on this early work, ClimateCare wrote the first consolidated methodology for cooking projects. ClimateCare then structured funding for a project in Cambodia, which was the first to use the new methodology, where improved cookstoves reduced charcoal requirements by 20%. The project partner, GERES estimates that as well as improving the health of families by reducing exposure to hazardous air pollutants, creating employment through the local manufacture, retailing and maintenance of stoves, and protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing deforestation, consumers have saved over $9,000,000 on fuel from the project overall.

This early work paved the way for ClimateCare and others to scale up cookstove provision. Following these initial projects ClimateCare refined the methodology and structured finance for the first ever Gold Standard Cookstove project in Uganda, where Jaguar Land Rover provided upfront investment, making them the first corporate partner to fund improved cookstoves at scale.

UGASTOVES - CLIMATE CARE

Ugastoves use less fuel than traditional cooking methods, cutting carbon emissions and substantially reducing indoor air pollution, making them much less damaging to the health of the cooks and their families. 210,000 stoves have been manufactured since project inception and 159 people employed. In Uganda, more than 90% of people use biomass, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking. If things continue it is estimated that there will be no forest left in Uganda in another 40 years. By cutting demand for wood fuel, this project also protects the remaining forest.

A staggering 5,145,312 Gold Standard cookstove credits, from 39 projects have now been issued using the methodology written by ClimateCare with more projects entering the pipeline, leading to even greater impact in future.

Since then ClimateCare has helped structure funding for projects with NGO Relief International in Ghana and secured Results Based Finance for carbon credits from the Swedish Energy Agency for a recent CDM cookstove project – proving that the Climate+Care model also has appeal for public sector funders.

Find out how you can invest in the Climate+Care Cookstove programme at http://climatecare.org/cookstoves/

 

Supporting the Climate+Care approach

Aviva
Aviva has supported cookstove projects since 2007 and over the last three years alone, its Climate+Care programme has improved the lives of 395,000 people through clean cookstove and safe water projects, and cut over 250,000 tonnes of CO2.

“If there are issues that are interconnected, you have to have solutions that are interconnected. The way that Climate+Care comes together means there’s a whole raft of benefits that can be gained through an individual programme, so there can be health benefits, there can be education benefits, employment benefits. We think that is a very smart approach.” Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Environment and Climate Change, Aviva

The Co-operative
The Co-operative has worked with ClimateCare for 14 years, supporting projects that protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

Ben Norbury explains, that “Climate+Care are intrinsically linked. A lot of businesses, including The Co-operative have had a separate approach to climate change and international development and we’ve seen these approaches overlapping. Now, through Climate+Care we’re taking a more joined up approach, doing climate change mitigation work in our own Fairtrade tea supply chain. For us, there’s a definite business case for the Climate+Care approach and I think other corporates could benefit from considering a similar, integrated programme.”

Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover has set an ambitious target to create opportunities for 12 million people by 2020. It will deliver 5 million of these through support of Climate+Care programmes that both improve lives and protect the environment.

“The integrated Climate+Care approach makes simple business sense” Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director for Jaguar Land Rover.

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

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SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS GATHER TO CELEBRATE CLIMATECARE QUEEN’S AWARD

Press Release: 7 October 2014

Sustainability professionals from some of Britain’s best known companies gathered today to celebrate the presentation to ClimateCare of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by Mr Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s representative in Oxfordshire.  Climate and development expert ClimateCare was recognised in the Sustainable Development category for its outstanding contribution to poverty alleviation and tackling climate change.

ClimateCare Directors Edward Hanrahan and Tom Morton receive the Queen's Award

ClimateCare Directors Edward Hanrahan and Tom Morton receive the Queen’s Award from Mr Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

From its base in Oxford and project office in Nairobi, ClimateCare works with major global partners in business, NGOs and international governments to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as indoor air pollution, climate change and safe water provision, whilst delivering positive health and economic outcomes for communities in the developing world.

For ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan, today is not just about celebrating business success, but acknowledging the passion, expertise and dedication of the ClimateCare team and its partners. Always looking to the future, Hanrahan also took the opportunity of this award ceremony to gather a select group of leading sustainability practitioners for a private roundtable, to openly share best practice and to discuss how an integrated Climate and Development approach could become more mainstream.

“Today has been an opportunity to thank our staff and our partners and to recognise their contribution in helping ClimateCare achieve this prestigious award. We are delighted that our work with leading public and private sector organisations, many of whom are represented here today, has already led to improvements in life for more than 6 million people and cut over 16.5million tonnes of carbon – but, of course, there is much more to do,” said Hanrahan.

Zelda Bentham, head of environment and climate change at insurance company Aviva, who attended today’s celebrations, said “Working with ClimateCare enables Aviva to make a measurable difference to people’s lives and at the same time take responsibility for its operational emissions. We’ve used the LBG methodology to confirm that over the last three years our ClimateCare programme has improved the lives of 395,000 people through cookstove and safe water projects, and cut over 250,000 tonnes of CO2.”

Another organisation represented was BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013, Jaguar Land Rover, also a 2014 Queen’s Award winner. As a first step towards its target to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020, Jaguar Land Rover works with ClimateCare to support the entire Busia area of the LifeStraw project, helping to provide safe water to 700,000 people and at the same time, cutting enough carbon to offset its UK manufacturing emissions for an entire year.

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director, Jaguar Land Rover explains “ClimateCare ensure we invest our budget in projects that deliver robust and tangible results. We are excited about continuing our work with the team to drive significant and meaningful change as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

Other guests present at the event included The Co-operative, and leading sustainability consultants, Forum for the Future; to name a few.

ClimateCare has worked with The Co-operative Group for over twelve years. “ClimateCare delivers projects that provide verified community benefits as well as carbon reductions, supporting our ethos as a leader in social responsibility. Most recently they have created new partnerships to help us benefit 14,000 people in our own 99-brand Fairtrade tea producer communities, while achieving carbon dioxide emissions reductions for our Funeralcare business and our ‘ecoinsurance’ motor product,” says Ben Norbury, The Co-operative.

ClimateCare’s Edward Hanrahan sees the Queen’s Award as an acknowledgement of the value of the organisations integrated Climate plus Care approach. “Since the announcement of the Queen’s Award, we have seen an increase in interest from other like-minded businesses looking to deliver better value for money by fulfilling their corporation social responsibility goals while also tackling carbon emissions.”

Mr Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s representative in Oxfordshire presenting today’s Queen’s Award to ClimateCare, added: “With the business community becoming ever more engaged in social and environmental responsibility programmes, it is wonderful to see an Oxford-born business such as ClimateCare, use their expertise to help global businesses and governments address their policy goals and take real action on sustainable development – tackling climate change and improving lives. Well done to the team and to all their partners represented here today. I know that the Queen’s Award will inspire others to follow in their footsteps”

Photo Caption: Sustainability leaders at ClimateCare’s Queen’s Award presentation ceremony, toast ClimateCare’s achievement.

 

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

Queen’s Award

Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

Winners of the Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success.

To find out more visit www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise Add detail.

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