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Transforming the Charcoal Supply Chain for the FAO

The Challenge

In Kenya, charcoal production is big business. 82% of urban households rely on charcoal for their domestic energy and the charcoal industry employs almost 1 million people through its value chain. However the industry is largely informal and unregulated. Inefficient production leads to low quality charcoal with high wastage and levels of pollution. Producers suffer from negative health impacts of the production process and the way charcoal is produced contributes to deforestation.

 

The Solution

Whilst charcoal production has a negative image, by recognising its role in Kenya’s energy sector, there is potential to turn around charcoal production and use it to contribute to sustainable development.

With this aim, the Government of Kenya has recently introduced energy and forestry laws to regulate charcoal production and drive more sustainable production through afforestation and controlled tree cutting.

To complement this, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) contracted ClimateCare to carry out a study into the methods of charcoal production in two regions of Kenya and to pilot more efficient production methods.

 

ClimateCare’s Role

After carrying out local studies, our experts identified the following opportunities to improve charcoal production and legal compliance in the two pilot regions of Baringo and Rukinga:

  1. Identifying sustainable feed stocks for charcoal production
  2. Introduction and adoption of efficient drum kilns to replace the traditional earth mound.
  3. Better organisation and management of the local charcoal production groups

The first step was to organise charcoal production groups. Through these, the ClimateCare team were better able to engage with the community to implement changes. By uniting producers these groups also helped knowledge sharing and empowered the group to negotiate prices more effectively.

Working with the local community, sustainable feed stocks were then identified. In Baringo an invasive species Prosopis juliflora, popularly known as Mathenge was used, while in Rukinga twigs were harvested sustainably adjacent to a local REDD+ Project.

Our project team then identified suitable kiln designs, had them fabricated and introduced them to the community. The team piloted the kilns, and trained local charcoal producers in their use.

The efficient drum kilns were quickly adopted and continue to be used. The team has been monitoring charcoal producers, who are now also better organised as groups, and able to negotiate better charcoal prices for their members.

 

LivestockAs an invasive species that needs removal, Prosopis Juliflora is a more sustainable feedstock for charcoal production in Baringo.

 

The Impact

As well as a successful switch to use of sustainable feed stocks, the charcoal producers have reported significant improvement in the efficiency of production, reduced overall demand for feedstock, improved charcoal quality and better charcoal prices. There was also a great reduction in the time taken to produce a batch of charcoal.

The results of this pilot study demonstrate how a move to a more sustainable and efficient charcoal production process can:

  • Be introduced to and accepted by the local community
  • Reduce deforestation, by reducing feedstock demands and switching to sustainable sources
  • Improve productivity for producers leading to increased income
  • Reduce carbon emissions

In both study areas the communities would like to continue using the kilns introduced in their pilot and have asked their newly formed Charcoal Producers Associations to acquire more kilns in future. Ultimately the aim is for each charcoal producer to have their own efficient kiln.

ClimateCare’s next step is to secure finance to scale and replicate these small pilots and kick start the transformation of the charcoal production chain in Kenya and beyond.

 

Drum Kilns

Drum Kilns are more efficient than traditional earth mound kilns – reducing fuel requirements, cutting emissions and improving incomes for charcoal workers. They can also be split into 4 main parts and so carried to a new location where there is feedstock.

Helping the Kenyan Government towards low carbon development

The Challenge

By creating opportunities for low carbon development, developing countries not only help to tackle global climate change. Done well, these actions can help to tackle poverty, improve health and create new opportunities for their citizens.

If such actions are developed under the UN’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) framework they can also attract income from developed countries, who are committed to support meaningful mitigation actions in developing countries through financing, technology transfer and capacity building.

Analysis of Kenya’s development pathway highlighted key opportunities for low carbon development in the provision of household energy for cooking and lighting, the development of cleaner waste management systems in major cities, and a Bus Rapid Transit system for greater Nairobi.

The Government wanted to help to identify the best ways to implement these low carbon development projects and to tap into international funding and support available to help make these recommendations a reality.

 

The Solution

The Government of Kenya contracted ClimateCare to develop 3 NAMAs as part of its low carbon development program in the household energy, waste management and urban transport sectors.

Our experts led the collation and analysis of information about these three sectors, identifying barriers and prioritising actions to support low carbon development. We identified key actions in each sector and documented these as NAMAs, in line with the UNFCCC guidelines.

We highlighted external funding requirements and set out options for the government to secure funding. We are also developing measurement, reporting and verification mechanisms in partnership with another company, to allow the Kenyan government and other development partners to track progress and demonstrate the positive climate and development outcomes delivered, as each of the NAMAs is implemented.

 

The Impact

As a result of our work in this area, the Government of Kenya will have clearly defined NAMAs as means of attracting funding for the implementation of the 3 low carbon pathway projects for the household energy, solid waste management and transport sectors. The NAMA activities have been selected, designed and documented to attract international funding support and to deliver maximum impact and value for money in each sector.

 

Want to know more about NAMA’s? Watch this great video from UNFCCC that explains how NAMAs help the shift to sustainable development.

Helping Kenya report progress towards tackling climate change

The Issue

Climate change is now widely recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing national and regional governments and the impacts of climate change are already being felt – particularly in developing countries such as Kenya.

The Kenyan government has recognised the threat posed by climate change to the achievement of Kenya’s development goals as stated in Kenya’s Vision 2030, and is committed to protect the climate for present and future generations.

To demonstrate this commitment, Kenya has ratified the Kyoto Protocol and has been supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As part of this support, the country must periodically provide information about how it is implementing the Convention, reporting progress made and highlighting any issues.

This National Communication isn’t just a reporting requirement, it also provides valuable information for policy decisions while guiding the provision of financial resources to support implementation.

Kenya prepared its first National Communication in 2002 and has contracted ClimateCare to lead the preparation of the Second National Communication Report in 2015, in readiness for the Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015.

 

ClimateCare’s Role

ClimateCare led a national consultation process involving all government ministries and sectors of the economy, collecting, analysing and collating information on:

  • Kenya’s national circumstances
  • Its current and projected greenhouse gas inventory
  • Programmes and measures to mitigate climate change
  • Its vulnerability and plans for adaption to climate change
  • Research and education on climate change

This information was pulled into a coherent Second Communication report that provides an overview of Kenya’s climate change status and issues to key stakeholders at local, national and international levels.

The report shows that Kenya’s emissions will continue to increase if the country develops without implementing low carbon development projects. It also shows how various interventions will help reverse this emission trend as we approach 2030.

 

The Impact

As well as a status report, the Second Communication includes recommendations about potential areas for further action and is a solid foundation from which the government can carry out further work on scientific and policy issues. It also shows the expected vulnerability to climate change in different parts of the country and the necessary adaption interventions to eliminate or reduce the impact of climate change.

Its publication will alert policy makers to the need to mainstream climate issues into the national policy and legal framework. It will also highlight the need for stronger efforts to spread awareness amongst stakeholders and decision makers.

Finally it provides a basis from which the Kenyan government and the international community can plan policies and interventions for climate change mitigation and adaptation to drive funding decisions.

International Air Transport Association: Simple, effective offsetting for the World’s airlines

“Our job is to make it easy for our members to do the right thing and ClimateCare help us do just that. Their skill and experience allows us to offer members a world-class carbon offset program that we can trust to deliver real positive outcomes for the environment and local communities.

On top of that, the ClimateCare team make themselves available to help our members maximise the effectiveness and relevance of their individual programme and therefore secure more value from the activity. We are delighted to work with them and encourage more airlines to get involved and take advantage of this expert resource.”

Michael Schneider, Assistant Director
IATA Carbon Offset Program

 

The Challenge

IATA, The International Air Transport Association represents some 250 airlines, or 84% of total civil air traffic. It supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

Flying is one of the most efficient ways to travel on a per km basis. However, the distances that people travel means that civil aviation is responsible for 2% (source: ATAG) of global carbon emissions*. Aviation is set to expand and currently there are no viable alternatives to long-distance travel. Whilst airlines work hard to reduce their emissions, offsetting is the only way to address what remains.

To offset, airlines need to calculate their emissions accurately, purchase high quality carbon credits from projects that are independently verified and ensure they communicate their actions accurately and effectively. IATA developed a best practice programme they could roll out to make offsetting simple, effective and appealing for their members and selected ClimateCare to source and develop high quality projects that have relevance to the airlines.

 

*The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that aviation contributes around 2% of manmade CO2 emissions with high altitude emissions of other gases contributing to additional climate impact.

 

The Solution

IATA and ClimateCare worked together to help airlines maximise the benefits of carbon offsetting – making it easy to do and ensuring that projects supported protect the environment, improve people’s lives and have relevance for staff and passengers.

Each airline works closely with IATA to calculate emissions using the IATA carbon calculator methodology. ClimateCare can then source or develop high quality carbon reduction projects that have a relevance to the airline. For example, Kenya Airways support a project to protect 500,000 hectares of Kenyan forest, whilst Portugal’s TAP, support CER projects in countries with a historical link to Portugal such as hydro and biomass projects in Brazil. ClimateCare ensures that high quality carbon credits are retired on behalf of the IATA Carbon Offset Program. They also advise each airline about how to communicate their offer to staff and customers – supporting them with anything from articles for inflight magazines, to developing effective messaging for customer booking pathways.

 

The Impact

IATA members can now offer offsetting as standard, or as a customer option and IATA also offset their own operational emissions through the programme.

Over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 have been offset through the IATA Carbon Offset Program to date – that’s the same as turning off all the electricity for the City of London for almost a month.

 

More information

Download the IATA Case Study

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

TUI Travel PLC: Green Business is Good Business

TUI Logo
“Driving sustainability supports the long term success of our tourism business – it’s as simple as that…the potential benefits are significant – for our business, destinations, customers, colleagues and the environment.” Jane Ashton, Director of TUI Group Sustainable Development

The Challenge

TUI Travel is one of the world’s leading leisure travel companies, incorporating Thomson and First Choice, and operates in over 180 countries with more than 30 million customers in 31 markets. It aims to make travel experiences special whilst minimising environmental impact, respecting culture and people, and bringing economic benefits to communities.

In 2006, TUI Travel and ClimateCare began to develop a programme that would reduce CO2 emissions, deliver benefits to communities, and which would have relevance for TUI’s customers. TUI needed to be able to demonstrate the value of the programme and be assured that it would be robust.

The Solution

ClimateCare worked in close consultation with TUI’s senior management to develop the World Care Fund, a fund to develop and support projects that both cut carbon emissions and improve the lives of people, with a focus on those living in TUI’s destination countries.

Using the Gold Standard framework, to ensure robust measurement and reporting of environmental and social impacts, ClimateCare developed and managed a portfolio of ground breaking, bespoke renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on behalf of the TUI World Care Fund.

Our on the ground partnerships, with a variety of renewable energy companies and entrepreneurs, and expertise in project development enabled the World Care Fund to take a pioneering approach and invest in projects at a very early stage of their development. Their financial support ranged from providing sustainable, up front funding to develop a community Hydro Plant in Zambia – bringing electricity to rural communities for the first time, to purchasing the wind turbines for a renewable energy project in Turkey.

Eight year old Annointing is now able to read her book and keep up with her studies, thanks to Travel  Plc's investment in the Zengamina Hydro Project in Zambia. This project has provided over a thousand homes, schools , businesses and a hospital with clean reliable power, many for the first time.

 

Eight year old Annointing is now able to read her book and keep up with her studies, thanks to TUI Travel Plc’s investment in the Zengamina Hydro Project in Zambia.

This project has provided over a thousand homes, schools , businesses and a hospital with clean reliable power, many for the first time.

 

 

“It’s critical that companies like TUI find the right partners to realise their vision of making a positive impact for the world and for the communities they operate in. We’re pleased that working with ClimateCare and using our robust framework gave TUI the confidence to know they secured real, measurable benefits to the environment and the people the World Care Fund supports,” said Adrian Rimmer, CEO of the Gold Standard Foundation.

The Impact

Working with ClimateCare, TUI directly funded a reduction of 750,000 tonnes of CO2 through projects that wouldn’t have happened without the carbon funding. They have left a lasting legacy as these projects continue to deliver carbon reductions year on year, securing ongoing carbon finance.

ClimateCare’s Role

ClimateCare’s unique network and experience of developing Climate and Development projects helped TUI invest its funds wisely to deliver maximum return for people and the environment in a way that was also relevant to the business. At a time where investment in this type of project was relatively new for corporate business, working with ClimateCare reduced the risk and allowed TUI to demonstrate clear leadership in sustainability, secure that behind the scenes ClimateCare would ensure delivery of robust and verified outcomes for their investment.

Further information

> TUI Travel’s Press Release

> TUI Travel’s Sustainability report

> Read more about TUI’s ‘Holidays Forever’ – 20 sustainability commitments to be delivered by 2014.

Aviva: Setting standards for measuring the social value of carbon offsets

“If you’re going to invest in offsetting carbon emissions, why wouldn’t you do it with projects that can make a measurable difference to people as well as the environment?”

Zelda Bentham, Head of Environment and Climate Change, Aviva

 

THE CHALLENGE

When it comes to taking responsibility for the company’s environmental impacts, Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer and a global provider of life and general insurance, has long been a standard bearer for its sector.  In 2006, Aviva became the first global insurance group to offset its entire operational emissions and has remained carbon neutral since. But Aviva wanted to go further. By partnering with ClimateCare, Aviva committed not only to offsetting their environmental impacts, but doing so through integrated Climate and Development projects that deliver broader social benefits. Both ClimateCare and Aviva were aware of the efficiencies of this approach, but wanted a way to demonstrate this robustly to Aviva’s internal and external stakeholders.

THE SOLUTION

ClimateCare and Aviva chose to use the LBG (London Benchmarking Group) framework to measure the social impact of Aviva’s carbon offset activity. Aviva already used the LBG framework to measure and report the impacts of its wider community investment programme and it therefore made sense to see if they could also recognise social impacts from their offsetting projects through the same system.  This was the first time that this had ever been done for a carbon offset programme and now provides a model for other organisations to follow.  

THE IMPACT

The LBG methodology showed that in just two years, Aviva’s carbon offset programme with ClimateCare had improved the lives of 200,000 people through two projects – LifeStraw Carbon for Water in Kenya , which cuts carbon by providing families with water filters so they no longer need to boil water to make it safe, and Envirofit Efficient Stoves in India, a programme distributing cleaner, more efficient stoves, which uses 60% less fuel. This was alongside offsetting more than 126,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

This robust figure allowed Aviva to demonstrate the impact of its support on people’s lives and engage internal teams and external stakeholders with confidence. By using the LBG framework for their other community investment programmes, Aviva was also able to compare the impacts of their investment in carbon reduction projects with other investments. “What was interesting was how favourably ClimateCare’s integrated climate and development projects compared in terms of community impact” says Zelda Bentham. In addition, Aviva now have a benchmark from which they can set targets for future developments.

CLIMATECARE’S ROLE

ClimateCare is an expert in delivering integrated projects that tackle multiple issues including cutting carbon emissions, tackling poverty and improving health. It’s the natural partner for companies like Aviva who seek to offset their carbon emissions in a best practice way, through projects that protect the environment and improve lives. It works in a bespoke way with partners, delivering climate and development programmes designed specifically to meet their carbon offset, sustainable development and business needs.

ClimateCare and Aviva worked together to develop measurement methodologies that would stand up to scrutiny. LBG agreed with the process and logic, giving Aviva the confidence to include the impact figures in their 2012 LBG submission.  The process required a significant level of commitment and resource from Aviva and ClimateCare, particularly as this had not been done before under the LBG framework. However, it has robustly demonstrated the significant extra value of Aviva’s offset programme. Also, thanks to the partnership with ClimateCare, Aviva’s innovation and best practice in measurement has once more set the standard – this time as the model LBG will use to demonstrate how all LBG members report the community impacts of their offset activities.

 

CONTINUING TO DELIVER FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Aviva continue to support integrated climate and development projects. On World Environment Day 2014 it announced it had improved a further 195,000 lives through offsetting its unavoidable emissions with ClimateCare.

 

Read more

> Press Release: Aviva measures 200,000 lives improved through carbon offset programme

> Measuring social value is tough – a great article on the 2 degrees website

Jaguar Land Rover: Partnership power and innovation to maximise impact

“Working together with innovators and experts at ClimateCare has helped us think differently about the best way to meet our sustainability targets. ClimateCare ensure we invest our budget in projects that deliver robust and tangible results and we are excited about the potential of this type of collaboration for driving significant and meaningful change as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

Fran Leedham, Head of Environment and Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover

 

THE CHALLENGE

Jaguar Land Rover has always taken its responsibility to people and the environment seriously. The company was awarded BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013 for its innovative, consistent approach to responsible business throughout a global operation. One small but essential part of this strategy is to ensure that the UK manufacturing assembly of both the Jaguar and Land Rover fleet remains carbon neutral. Simple offsetting of carbon emissions may be enough for some car manufacturers, but Jaguar Land Rover wanted to look at innovative ways to make their investment do more.

 

THE SOLUTION

Taking an open minded approach to addressing this challenge, meant Jaguar Land Rover was able to collaborate for long term, maximum effect. Working with ClimateCare, and drawing on its expertise in the development and delivery of integrated projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives, Jaguar Land Rover have been able to achieve some astonishing results.

 

THE IMPACT

Working together with ClimateCare and its network of partners, Jaguar Land Rover has so far improved the lives of 2 million people, as well as offsetting more than 10 million tonnes of CO2.

It has done this by supporting integrated Climate and Development projects. For example, according to the UN’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, smoke from open fires or rudimentary cookstoves kills 1 person every 16 seconds – that’s 4 million deaths a year.  Jaguar Land Rover has improved the lives of 1.3 million people through provision of clean and efficient cookstoves. These stoves use less fuel, saving families money and reducing carbon emissions as well as reducing the toxic fumes that cause health problems.

Jaguar Land Rover has also supported the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, which cuts carbon by providing families with simple water filters, so they no longer need to boil water on wood fires in order to make it safe. This year, by offsetting manufacturing emissions with this project, Jaguar Land Rover funded provision of safe water to the entire Busia region of Western Kenya. That’s more than 700,000 people who now have safe water to drink and reduced exposure to waterborne diseases.

In addition by supporting 49 renewable energy projects, Jaguar Land Rover has funded the generation of 7.4 million MWh or clean energy, enough to power London for 49 days. This is not only reducing the use of fossil fuels but providing reliable power to communities, stimulating the local economy and improving life for local residents.

 

CLIMATECARE’S ROLE

ClimateCare has both helped develop new projects for Jaguar Land Rover and engage them with existing partners to scale up activity and deliver more than they could do alone. Ensuring results can be measured means Jaguar Land Rover can confidently communicate its achievements, demonstrate value for its investment and importantly set the right targets alongside its future growth plans.

Read this press release about how Jaguar Land Rover is collaborating with ClimateCare to help create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020.

> Watch these great video clips that highlight the difference Jaguar Land Rover support is making in Busia, Western Kenya, where it has supported an entire region of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.

> Read this article in Green Futures about how how Jaguar Land Rover will make smart use of carbon finance to help meet its new target.

Vestergaard: New funding streams for development projects

“Working with ClimateCare made it possible for us to distribute water filters on a significant scale. Without their support to unlock revenue through carbon finance, we would have been unable to realize such significant emissions reductions or improve the lives of millions of people in Western Kenya.”

Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO Vestergaard

 

The challenge

Close to 800 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water and a major barrier to large scale provision is lack of financing. The UN Human Development Report in 2011 noted that “The financing needed will have to be many times greater than current official development assistance…Closing the financing gap requires innovative thinking.”

 

The solution

The LifeStraw Carbon for Water programme – a unique partnership that unites Vestergaard’s state-of-the-art health expertise and ClimateCare’s Climate and Development knowledge.

Rather than seeking traditional government or aid funding, water filter manufacturer Vestergaard Frandsen funded the project start-up costs and distribution of LifeStraw® Family filters to close to 880,000 residents in rural Kenya. This US$30 million investment was made on the basis of an anticipated return over ten years from carbon financing.

Since its launch in 2011, the programme is already providing safe drinking water to nearly 4.5 million people in Kenya and has reduced carbon emissions by more than two million tonnes in one year.

 

ClimateCare’s role

ClimateCare developed the methodology that made carbon finance for water projects possible. Following this, we worked in partnership with Vestergaard, structuring finance for this world first project. The initial investment was made by Vestergaard and ClimateCare is responsible for the marketing and sale of the resulting carbon credits to international organisations who want to take responsibility for their carbon and water impacts. This generates revenue for the project and return for Vestergaard’s investment.

 

The Impact:

  • LifeStraw Carbon for Water is the first programme to directly link carbon credits with safe drinking water.
  • The programme is the largest household level water treatment project in the developing world to be implemented without government or public sector funding.
  • This financing model overcomes the challenge of sustaining public health programmes with traditional sources of finance, such as aid or grants from public sector or governmental groups with limited resources.
  • The innovative financing mechanism holds public and private sector organisations to greater accountability to ensure maximum impact. The programme links profit intrinsically to performance—a relatively new concept in the aid and public health sectors.
  • LifeStraw Carbon for Water is a scalable model that can be extended or replicated in different settings. The project serves as a blueprint for future initiatives to derive income from both market-based emission reductions and results-based health outcomes – thus providing dual income streams and greater project stability.

Partners:

LifeStraw Carbon for Water is a partnership between Vestergaard and ClimateCare and is accountable to external partners.  It has a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Kenya, and works with the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation as the collaborative implementation partner.  Provincial and district public health officers have been involved in micro-planning, distribution and education campaigns. The Ministry of Education is involved at the provincial and district levels, to establish seminars on water safety for school children.  The National Environmental Management Authority has been a supportive partner.

 

Contact us on +44 (0)1865 591000 to find out how we can help develop funding streams for your project, or for investment opportunities.

Aura Light: Improving Energy Efficiency & Offsetting

“We constantly work to improve the efficiency of our products and processes, to both help our customers to become sustainable and have sustainable operations.  In an ideal world we wouldn’t have to offset, but as long as we’re emitting carbon, offsetting not only makes sense for the planet and the generations to come, it’s good for business.  We’re very happy we chose ClimateCare,”

Gunilla Danström,
Aura Light International AB

 

SEAD-ceremony
Patrick Blake of UNEP presents Anett Grusser Pettersson of Aura Light with the Global Efficiency Medal from Inter-governmental initiative, SEAD.

 

THE CHALLENGE

Aura Light International is an award-winning company providing smart, sustainable lighting that it calls Brighter Lighting. Its lighting solutions help customers reduce their costs, energy consumption and environmental impact.

Aura Light has over 80 years’ lighting experience, and continues to strive for efficiency in production processes and ever-more energy efficient lighting solutions , offering customers up to 80% in energy savings. In 2015 it was a proud winner of the Global Efficiency Medal through The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative. However, despite the award-winning efficiency of its products, and efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, it still has a residual carbon footprint.

With a relatively small footprint, the challenge for Aura Light was to find a supplier that could provide offsets from the innovative good quality projects it desired, at a competitive price.

 

THE SOLUTION

ClimateCare’s Mixed Portfolio is perfect for businesses with a small footprint that want to offset  emissions cost effectively, whilst still supporting integrated Climate and Development projects that protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

“We wanted to offset the emissions from the production and transport of our Aura Light products so we researched the market to find the best offset supplier” states Gunilla Danström, Marketing Director at Aura Light International AB.  “Our close cooperation with ClimateCare makes sure that we get an option providing the greatest impact.”

 

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Aura Light’s Brighter Lighting at the European Parliament

 

CLIMATECARE’S ROLE

ClimateCare was able to offset Aura Light’s carbon footprint through its Mixed Portfolio. Its expert Portfolio Management team selected a combination of offsets from projects, balancing impacts on people and the environment with an affordable price per tonne.  By providing communications materials and working closely with Aura Light’s team, ClimateCare also help Aura Light tell the story of the projects it has supported and the impact it has had.

“ClimateCare regularly highlight communications opportunities to demonstrate how our support for their projects delivers against multiple sustainable development goals. This support helps us engage our staff and customers about the importance of taking action on climate change and helps to enhance our brand”, continues Gunilla.

 

THE IMPACT

Aura Light has  offset 14,000 tonnes since 2008, supporting Gold Standard projects including the award-winning LifeStraw Carbon For Water project, which is providing over 4 million people in Western Kenya with safe water, and clean cooking projects in Uganda and Ghana. It also supports wind energy projects in India.

“What’s great about working with the team at ClimateCare is that I know we are both working for the same thing – reduced emissions and happy communities. It’s a real partnership” – Gunilla Danström.