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ClimateCare helps Kenyan Government towards low carbon development

The Kenyan Government asked ClimateCare to help to identify the best ways to implement low carbon development projects and to tap into international funding and support available.

In response, ClimateCare is helping them develop three Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) as part of Kenya’s low carbon development program in the household energy, waste management and urban transport sectors.

Read a full Case Study here and if you would like more information about how our Climate and Development experts can help with your low carbon development plans, contact our team in Nairobi on +254 (0)20 213 3604.

Tropical Power Launches Gorge Farm Energy Park

The ClimateCare team are delighted to be involved in this project which launched in Kenya today.

  • Opening of first grid-connect biogas plant in Africa
  • To be the first grid-connect Solar-AD plant

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Press Release: 20th August 2015, Naivasha, Kenya… Tropical Power Energy Group (Tropical Power) is today opening Africa’s first grid-connect Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant, part of the Gorge Farm Energy Park. In 2016 construction will commence on a further 10MW of solar generation capacity.

The event was officiated by The Governor of Nakuru County, Kinuthia Mbugua. He says, “The Gorge Farm Energy Park is a showcase project for Nakuru County, Kenya and the African continent. Distributed power projects are vital to our energy security, reliability and efficiency. And the Park will be using local crop waste and the sun to generate clean, renewable power close to the point of use.

“I look forward to working with Tropical Power, Kenya Power and the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum to see how we can develop more biogas projects for organic and municipal waste in the county.”

The AD plant has been developed and will be operated by Tropical Power Ltd, on behalf of Biojoule Kenya, an Independent Power Producer (IPP). ERC are currently reviewing the PPA signed by Tropical Power and KPLC, as well as the Generation & Distribution license for the project.

Eng. Joseph Njoroge, MBS, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum says, “Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are working together to encourage the private sector to develop high quality distributed renewable power assets, like the Gorge Farm Energy Park. Kenya is open for business for investors and developers interested in clean, renewable and bankable energy projects. The biogas technology at this cutting edge project will provide Kenyans with more clean, reliable and cost effective electricity in their homes and businesses.”

The Gorge Farm Energy Park will also be a field research facility for an Oxford University research programme, led by Tropical Power Chairman, Mike Mason. This programme aims to advance the technology to enable AD to compete with conventional electricity delivered to the grid.

Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power says, “Through the Gorge Farm Energy Park we aim to displace expensive and imported generation fuels – like diesel and heavy fuel oil – from Kenya’s distributed power mix. The Gorge Farm AD Plant is proof that locally produced feedstock can generate clean and cost effective distributed power. You cannot just plug and play a plant like this.
 
“The biology of the microbes that make the gas and the feedstocks that provide the source of energy are unique from site to site, and require time and expertise to understand. Tropical Power has been supported in this with extensive help from the Universities of Oxford and Southampton.”

Tropical Power’s partners include Kenya’s VP Group –the largest producer and exporter of fresh produce in East Africa.

GE was selected to deploy its Jenbacher gas engines (provided by Clarke Energy) for the first time in East Africa in a renewable energy project. GE’s two J420 units are designed to operate at the farm’s high altitude of nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. And GE was the launch partner for the Gorge Farm Energy Park opening.

George Njenga, Distributed Power Leader for Africa, GE says, “This is the first AD project in sub-Saharan Africa for GE. It is a big win for Kenya to get a ground-breaking project like this off the ground. It needs the developers, researchers, suppliers and government to work hand in hand. We look forward to working with Tropical Power, Kenya Power and the Ministry of Energy on more ground-breaking projects.”

The project has been registered with the Gold Standard by ClimateCare and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 7,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare’s Nairobi office said, “This is an exceptionally innovative way of generating renewable power and diversifies Kenya’s generating mix away from fossil fuels such as oil.”

ClimateCare is retained to sell the verified emissions reductions. “We expect interest from the supermarkets in the UK, as this project is in their supply chain and compliments a number of other projects that we are managing in similar circumstances,” said Morton.

Construction on The Gorge Farm AD Plant took 12 months and it cost US$7.5 million – including the acquisition of agricultural equipment. It is projected to have a 6-year payback period – due to the combination of grid sales and higher-tariff energy supply to Gorge Farm. The Plant has an effective life of 25 years.

Tropical Power is in the final stages of fundraising and planning to commence work on the 10MW solar PV plant at Gorge Farm Energy Park within the next 12 months.

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About Tropical Power
Tropical Power Energy Group (Tropical Power) is an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) company, building renewable energy solutions for Africa. It is focused on developing utility-scale renewable energy technologies from biomass and sunshine. Tropical Power plans to build renewable power assets across Africa producing over 130MW of clean, distributed power by 2018.

About GE’s Distributed Power Business
GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of power equipment, engines and services focused on power generation at or near the point of use. Distributed Power’s product portfolio includes highly efficient industrial reciprocating engines and aeroderivative gas turbines that generate 100kW to 100MW of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, Distributed Power offers life cycle services and support for more than 37,000 distributed power products worldwide to help customers meet their business challenges—anywhere and anytime.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Distributed Power employs about 5,000 people around the world.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com.

About GE Power & Water
GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.
Follow GE Power & Water on Twitter @GE_PowerWater and on LinkedIn. To hear the latest news and conversations for Distributed Power, use the Twitter hashtag #DistributedPower.

About ClimateCare
ClimateCare is registered in the UK and Kenya. Working with governments and businesses it delivers integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve people’s lives. Specialists in measuring climate and development outcomes and structuring finance for projects, the team also offer project development and consultancy services.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org, or follow @ClimateCare.

For press enquiries please contact:
Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare +44 (0)1865 591008, rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

Press Release: ClimateCare becomes one of the UK’s first Certified B Corporations

ClimateCare, a leader in the delivery of corporate and government programmes to protect the environment and improve people’s lives, today announced that it has received certification as one of the UK’s Founding B Corporations.

Referred to as “the highest standard for socially responsible business” Certified B Corporations go through a rigorous assessment of their business practices and are judged to achieve higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

I’m delighted to be joining this international community of forward thinking socially and environmentally conscious businesses”, says CEO Edward Hanrahan.

Since it was founded, ClimateCare has balanced delivery of three things: Social Impact, Environmental Impact and Profit. Achieving B Corporation status is a great endorsement of the positive impacts we create and, perhaps more importantly, it stands as an independent benchmark and certification of the ethical way we run our business, something that the whole ClimateCare team, our clients and our partners are immensely proud of.”

With an 18 year track record ClimateCare is living proof that commercial businesses can deliver positive impacts at scale. In the last 7 years alone the business has effectively deployed $100million to deliver measurable social and environmental outcomes for corporate and government clients.

B Corporation have awarded ClimateCare a score of 141.4 points (compared to an average of 97 points), but CEO Edward Hanrahan sees this as the starting point, saying: “A key benefit of the B Corporation system is that it identifies areas of strength and areas for improvement. We’re already using the results to identify where we can push the boundaries further. I particularly look forward to tapping into the knowledge and expertise of fellow B Corp members who I hope will challenge us and help us continue to improve.”

An influential organisation with hundreds of corporate clients, ClimateCare also plans to promote the B Corporation movement to its broader network. By encouraging its partners to adopt some of the core principles, it hopes to harness the power of its business community to deliver further positive change.

“We are delighted to welcome ClimateCare to our founding UK B Corp Community” said James Perry, Co-ordinator, UK Launch, B Lab UK.

“The B Corp movement is a global community of businesses who are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It includes more than 1,300 businesses in 40 countries and over 120 industries. The UK is well placed to help lead this global movement, and companies such as ClimateCare are a great example of a business taking leadership in their field.”

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Image Caption: ClimateCare becomes a Certified B Corporation, joining a global movement dedicated to using business as a force for good.

 

About ClimateCare

We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development are so interlinked that they cannot be tackled in isolation. And, given the size of the challenges, we cannot rely solely on government aid to solve them. Businesses, governments and civil society must work collectively to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

From our offices in the UK and Africa, we work with hundreds of organisations to deliver integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve lives. To date we’ve improved life for over 6 million people whilst cutting 16.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions and we’ve set an ambitious vision for 2020.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

 

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are more than 1,300 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries and nearly 40 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good.

 

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be Best for the World and as a result society enjoys a shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) promoting usage of Mission Aligned corporate structures to increase efficacy of social entrepreneurship and impact investing; 3) promoting Measure What Matters campaigns to increase use of free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 20,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment). 4) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform to help investors and institutions measure, benchmark, and report on the impact of the businesses with whom they work and in whom they invest. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net, www.bimpactassessment.net, www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.

 

 

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591008

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

 

SThree Plc continue their five year partnership with ClimateCare

SThree Plc, the specialist staffing company, are offsetting their carbon footprint by investing in projects which not only reduce CO2 but also improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities.  Continuing their five year partnership with ClimateCare, SThree are supporting a Wind Farm in Tamil Nadu and the award-winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.

The owners of the Wind Farm take CSR as seriously as SThree.  They helped to improve local infrastructure and provide a ready water source to local villages as well as providing clean energy. The LifeStraw project is bringing safe water to over 4 million people in Western Kenya and saving carbon emissions by eliminating the need to boil water.  It also provides unique employment opportunities in an area where prospects are limited.

“We wanted to offset our global emissions while having a positive social impact too. ClimateCare blended an Indian Wind project, with great social credentials with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, providing us with a portfolio that is great value for money, and one that we can be proud to support”, Marie Broad SThree Plc CSR Manager.

If you’re interested in further information about how you can support projects like these please contact business@climatecare.org.

ClimateCare voted Best Project Developer Public Health for the third year running

PRESS RELEASE
17 June 2015

 

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We are delighted that for the third consecutive year our customers and peers have voted ClimateCare as Best Project Developer – Public Health, in the prestigious Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Ranking.

Three years ago Environmental Finance created this new award category to “reflect growing demand from offset buyers for projects that deliver measurable outcomes beyond emissions reductions”. Three years later, ClimateCare’s position as market leader remains undisputed.

“Thank you to all our clients, customers and competitors who voted for us. We are delighted to be recognised for our world leading expertise in developing and delivering integrated projects designed to improve lives as well as cut carbon”, said ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan.

Integrated Climate+Care programmes are not a niche concept. Behind the scenes ClimateCare remains one of the largest retailers of voluntary carbon offsets by volume and works with partners to deliver some of the most extensive climate and development programmes in the world.

“Corporate and Government partners choose ClimateCare because of its expertise in delivering cost effective projects that drive change at scale” says Head of Partnerships, Robert Stevens. “Our integrated Climate+Care programmes are designed to tackle poverty, improve health, create jobs and protect the environment, but they also help to create viable new markets with the potential to scale around the world and deliver lasting change.”

ClimateCare is moving beyond simple carbon finance for its projects, increasingly designing bespoke finance for programmes that deliver a suite of pre-agreed environmental and sustainable development outcomes.

This allows corporate clients to demonstrate increased business relevance and value by delivering priority outcomes in the most cost effective way. It also allows them to drive funding to projects in locations of their choice – be that to key markets or within their own supply chains.

Underpinning all this is ClimateCare’s experience designing and delivering effective projects, and that is why this award is so important.

“Eighteen years’ experience has taught us that it’s not easy to deliver successful sustainable development projects at scale”, says Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare in Nairobi. “Our clients benefit from the unrivalled knowledge of our project team, our learning to date and our expertise in structuring project finance. These things allow us to reduce risk for clients and bring partners together, making budgets go further through joined up action.”

Hear what some of our partners and clients think about this integrated Climate+Care approach in this video, which sets out ClimateCare’s vision for 2020.

 

Notes to editors

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is a profit for purpose company. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

That’s why, for the past 18 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes, which deliver 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 sustainability initiatives in the world. To date we have worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 16.5 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 6 million people.

Businesses and Governments alike, see the value and sense in our integrated Climate+Care approach and we have set an ambitious vision for 2020. To cut a further 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of another 20 million people.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Twitter: @ClimateCare

 

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591008

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

 

Sri Lankan Airlines, Joins the IATA Carbon Offset Program with the Launch of Fly Green

SriLankan-Airlines-LogoSriLankan Airlines has as joined the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Carbon Offset Program. From today, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers can opt to offset carbon emissions through projects that also improve life for communities in Sri Lanka.IATA-Logo

The IATA represents 84% of total civil air traffic and its Carbon Offset Program is run in partnership with ClimateCare, offering a turnkey solution for airlines wanting to provide their customers with an opportunity to offset flight emissions. IATA ensure a robust calculation process and provides support to help airlines implement their offset programme. ClimateCare is responsible for sourcing and developing high quality carbon reduction projects that have relevance to each airline. It also provides materials and support to communicate the projects to maximise uptake.

Working alongside IATA, SriLankan Airlines has established a carbon offset functionality in the ticket reservation process which makes it easy for passengers to make a voluntary contribution to help compensate for carbon emissions generated by their flight.

Passengers who choose to offset are supporting small hydro projects in Sri Lanka that generate electricity for local communities. This replaces conventional fuel oil or diesel powered thermal stations, reducing a significant amount of CO2 emissions. It also improves the livelihood of local communities by providing clean reliable energy, creating employment and improving air quality.

 

More Information

Read our Case Study

 

Airlines interested in joining the IATA scheme should contact Michael Schneider at SchneiderM@iata.org

To set up a similar offset programme for your industry contact ClimateCare on +44 (0)1865 591000

 

Remember: If you fly with an airline that doesn’t yet offer a carbon offset scheme you can still offset your flight emissions through our online Calculator.

Why we should think about people as well as the environment on World Environment Day

This World Environment Day, we’ll all be thinking about how to reduce our impact on the environment – from tackling climate change to protecting ecosystems and biodiversity.

But in reality it’s impossible to move towards tackling these challenges, without also considering people. How can we feed, house and support a growing population without damaging the environment? How can we engage our colleagues and partners with action to tackle these issues? How can we make our voice heard?

This language is reflected in the aims of World Environment Day this year, with the theme for 2015 being how the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies ultimately depends on the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.

With growing awareness of the need to take a more holistic approach, we share five infographics and videos that help demonstrate why sustainable development must go hand in hand with environmental action, and ask: If the challenges we face are so complicated, where can you start?

 

1. This illustration from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature shows how well-being is intrinsically linked with our environment.

 

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2. The Stress Nexus is a great example of just how complicated the balance of these relationships can be and the many factors that impact sustainability.

 

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3. The Environment Nexus uses video to explain simply and succinctly how Water, Energy and Food need to be considered together to design smart and sustainable policies.

 

 

4. The UN Triple Win system prioritises activity that delivers against multiple goals of economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability. You can read more about this in the paper: Triple Wins for Sustainable Development.

 

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5. PWCs Total Impact Measurement and Management graphic looks at the relationships between business, social and environmental impacts and is used as a tool to help identify the potential positive and negative impacts of business decisions at a system level.

 

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If the challenges we face are so complicated, where can you start?

At ClimateCare we’ve always taken an integrated approach to tackling Climate and Sustainable Development Challenges. Take a look at this video to find out more and hear what others think about our Climate+Care programmes.

 

 

Our latest blog: Where to start – tackling challenges with integrated Climate and Sustainable Development solutions offers some practical tips and advice.

 

Tell us what models you use to identify the multiple climate and sustainable development issues facing your business by joining our conversation on Twitter #ClimatePlusCare

Join us at Green Bonds 22 June, 2015

Since the inception of the green bonds market, Environmental Finance has been highlighting the need for sustainable finance to tackle climate and social development challenges.

We are proud to partner with Environmental Finance to support the 5th annual Green Bonds conference on 22 June 2015, in London.

All delegate and speaker travel to the conference will be offset through our integrated Climate+Care projects that cut carbon and improve people’s lives.

Last year the conference attracted over 200 participants. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking day. Find out more and book your place.

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

Ever wondered how many carbon emissions are generated by online activity? This infographic by Custom Made shows the level of CO2 emissions generated through emails, searches and cloud storage.

It also includes tips to reduce your internet carbon footprint by unsubscribing from email newsletters that no longer interest you or limiting your “reply all’s”

If you would like to offset your unavoidable carbon emissions and support Climate+Care projects that cut carbon, protect the environment and improve lives, use our online calculator or contact a member of the team today on +44 (0)1865 591000.

 

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Please Vote: Nominations Open for Environmental Finance Survey

Environmental Finance Magazine has launched its Annual Survey of the Voluntary Carbon Market. These peer voted industry awards recognise those organisations offering outstanding services and we’d ask you to support ClimateCare by voting for us in the following categories:

  • Best Carbon Offset Retailer
  • Best Project Developer Overall
  • Best Project Developer Public Health
  • Best Trading Company
  • Best Advisory/Consultancy

Your vote will help us demonstrate that taking an integrated approach to tackling climate change, alleviating poverty and improving health through single projects makes sense – for business, people and the environment.

You can also nominate the Best Individual Project and Best Corporate Offset Programme. Here are some examples you could put forward, chosen for their scalability, innovation and impressive delivery of positive impacts for local communities as well as the environment:

 

Best Individual Project

ClimateCare’s work to kick-start a new market for clean burning ethanol cookers is saving lives and helping tackle climate change. Ethanol fuel is a clean burning renewable fuel that displaces wood and charcoal. ClimateCare’s pioneering Revolving Fund model is making new generation ethanol cookers affordable to communities that need them and has been hailed by industry experts, winning Environmental Finance’s Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year Award and nominated for a 2 degrees Champions Award.

 

Best Corporate Offset Programme

We’ve done some ground breaking work with our partners at Aviva who advocate our integrated approach to tackling climate change and improving lives. Working with ClimateCare, Aviva used the LBG framework to measure the social impact of their carbon offset programme – the first time that this has been done. Using this framework, Aviva is able to report that it has improved the lives of 395,000 people, whilst offsetting its unavoidable carbon emissions.

 

Your vote really will help us demonstrate that our approach – tackling climate change, alleviating poverty and improving health through single projects – makes sense for business, people and the environment. Voting Closes on the 8th of May.