Monthly Archives: November 2014

ClimateCare joins international representatives to pledge support for clean cookstoves

Today ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan joined participants representing governments, the UN, World Bank, other Development and investment banks, private sector and NGOs to make commitments that could help grow the clean cooking sector, with the aim of preventing the 4 million deaths that occur every year from household air pollution caused by smoke from the use of open fires and traditional cookstoves.

Safer cooking brings positive impacts for women and children in particular – improving health by reducing their exposure to toxic smoke, freeing them from the time consuming and dangerous task of collecting fuel, cutting the risk of burns and reducing the burden of fuel costs.

Commitments were made as part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves ‘Cookstoves Future Summit’ chaired by former Secretary Hillary Clinton.

“We need to keep the Alliance going and growing,” said Clinton. “Find more partners; expand the market; put more stoves in the hands of consumers; save more lives. That’s what the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is all about, and that’s why I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter and partner.”

ClimateCare recently announced new targets to improve the lives of 20 million people and cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020. At the summit today we confirmed that our Climate+Care cookstoves programme has already provided cookstoves to 6.5 million people around the world and cut 2.6 million tonnes of CO2, and it will be a significant part of delivering our new targets.

ClimateCare has led clean cookstove programmes since 2004 when it started work on the first methodology to obtain funding through carbon finance. More than 39 projects around the world have now followed that first carbon finance methodology. We have also started to pioneer other ways of financing these vital projects – through measuring and reporting the Development Impacts and seeking payment for those Impacts on a Results Basis.

We’ll continue to work with both Private and Public sector partners to deliver these important programmes and call on organisations to support our cookstoves programme to deliver measurable benefits for communities and the environment.

Use our online calculator to see what difference your support could make at http://climatecare.org/our-vision/

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

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.

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ClimateCare Brings Carbon for Water to Life for Sustainability Leaders

PRESS RELEASE:

Back in 2012 leading online environmental website, edie.net joined forces with ClimateCare to offset carbon emissions associated with travel to key events through the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.

Yesterday, delegates to the Sustainability Leaders Forum had emissions from their travel calculated, bringing the total amount of CO2 that will be offset through the partnership to 450 tonnes.The investment into LifeStraw will not only cut the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide, it will help provide more than 3 million glasses of safe drinking water to families in Africa.

“This certainly gives our delegates something to think about as they enjoy a safe glass of water during the event today” said conference organiser Dominica Andrews.

“It’s vital for us that we practice what we preach. We encourage our delegates to come together and share best practice in sustainability at our events. Offsetting their travel emissions through ClimateCare – who specialise in projects that both cut carbon and improve people’s lives – means we can demonstrate best practice and encourage others to follow in our footsteps.”

At the event, delegates saw how this support was not only helping to tackle climate change, but making a very real difference for families on the ground in Kenya.

ClimateCare staff were on hand to demonstrate how simple, gravity fed LifeStraw filters purify water, meaning it no longer needs to be boiled. This reduces exposure to killer waterborne diseases like Typhoid and Cholera, as well as cutting carbon emissions.

Delegates even had the opportunity to try some LifeStraw filtered water for themselves.

ClimateCare PhotoClimateCare’s Marie Le Page and Conference Content Manager, Dominica Andrews raising a glass of LifeStraw filtered water.

ClimateCare recently announced ambitious targets to cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of 20 million people by 2020, and is calling on other organisations to invest in its Climate+Care projects designed from the outset to protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

Contact the team on +44(0)1865 591000 to find out how you can get involved.

 

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

 

LifeStraw Carbon for Water

This short video explains more about the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o0Fsv6O8FE

 

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www.edie.net

edie.net has been the market-leading information resource driving sustainability in business for nearly 20 years.  A trusted and integral part of the workflow of 60,000+ sustainability professionals, it delivers daily news and commentary, expert advice and business tools, downloadable industry reports and white papers, access to video and webinars, opt-in daily and weekly newsletters, recruitment news and a comprehensive directory of sustainability suppliers as well as a year-round portfolio of high-level business conferences and events.

 

Press enquiries and image requests

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Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

BOND SUPPORT CLIMATECARE’S COOKSTOVES PROGRAMME

PRESS RELEASE: Bond, the UK membership body for NGOs working in international development has partnered with climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare to support its Climate+Care cookstove programme, by offsetting CO2 emissions generated by delegate travel to and from its annual conference yesterday.

ClimateCare recently announced its partners had improved the lives of 6 million people and cut 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 through cookstove programmes, and called for more partners to help it meet ambitious targets to cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of 20 million people by 2020.

As part of this initiative Robert Stevens, Head of Partnership Development at ClimateCare ran a workshop at the conference, introducing the delegates to new sources of finance they might not have considered before, including carbon finance.

“ClimateCare has 17 years’ experience of unlocking private and public sector funds for Climate+Care programmes to protect the environment and improve people’s lives. We work with a number of NGO partners and given the scale of our ambitious new targets, I am keen to meet new organisations who want to work together, to deliver long term social impact ” said Stevens.

Bond collected information about where each delegate travelled from and the method of transport used through a new interactive conference app. ClimateCare will calculate the amount of emissions produced as a result of this travel and retire the equivalent carbon credits, in this instance from the Gyapa Stoves project.

A partnership with NGO Relief International, this project introduces efficient cookstoves to families in Ghana, which cut carbon by burning less fuel. By reducing demand for firewood the efficient stoves reduce pressure on dwindling forests and to date have saved families more than $41 million in fuel costs. The stoves are locally manufactured creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. They also reduce indoor air pollution, improving the living conditions of women and children in particular.

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

Bond
Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services.
Established in 1993 on the initiative of 61 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development, it has around 400 members ranging from large agencies with a world-wide presence to smaller, specialist organisations working in certain regions or with specific groups of people.

The Bond Annual conference and Exhibition 2014, titled: Redefining development, the future beyond 2015; brings together people from NGOs, universities, think tanks, donors and government both in the UK and internationally to examine how international development will be defined in the future.

Find out more at www.bond.org.uk

Press enquiries and image requests
Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare
Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000
Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

New Video: The Future of Clean Cooking

On November 20-21st, ClimateCare will join world leaders and innovators in New York for the Cookstoves Future Summit. Watch the latest video from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to learn more about this pioneering event.
 

Last week ClimateCare celebrated 10 years of channelling funds into clean cookstove programmes that have improved the lives of 6.5 million people, as well as cutting 2.6 million tonnes of CO2. Read more about our involvement in clean cooking and contact us to get involved.