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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.

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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.

 

 

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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

 

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Tel: +44 (0)1865 591008

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ClimateCare Wins Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year Award

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Thursday 2 April 2015

 

ClimateCare is delighted to win Environmental Finance’s Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year award, for a project that is kick-starting a new market for clean burning ethanol cookers that save lives and help tackle climate change. The award acknowledges its pioneering Revolving Fund model, something ClimateCare believes will act as a blue print for financing sustainable development projects around the world.

Speaking of ClimateCare’s award win, Radha Muthiah, CEO UN Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves said: “We’re delighted that ClimateCare’s work to develop innovative finance for clean cookstoves and fuels has been acknowledged with this award. Their work to kick-start a market for next generation ethanol cookstoves – which virtually eliminate household air pollution – has the potential to save many millions of lives. It’s exactly this kind of initiative that is needed to create a thriving global market for clean household cooking solutions that will save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and protect the environment.”

Jonathon Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future said: “ClimateCare’s revolving fund model and cookstoves programme exemplify the real value that can be achieved from businesses collaborating with government to deliver innovative financial models at scale. This award-winning ethanol stoves project and DFID partnership is a leading example of new ways to finance sustainable development programmes, which both improve lives and tackle climate change.”

 

A New Market for Ethanol Cookers Will Save Lives and Fight Climate Change

In Kenya, 68% of household, primary energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests.

Toxic fumes from these traditional cooking methods also have an impact, killing approximately 14,300 people in Kenya every year, and damaging the health of many more.

The UN endorses the provision of modern, efficient stoves (which reduce fumes and particulate matter) to address this issue.

Ethanol fuel (made from molasses, a bi-product of Kenya’s sugar manufacturing industry) is a clean burning, renewable fuel that cuts out indoor air pollution, saving lives. Using ethanol fuel also lowers greenhouse gas emissions – one ethanol stove saving 5 tonnes of CO2 per year, helping tackle climate change.

Whilst production of ethanol fuel might seem an obvious solution to household energy needs, ethanol cookers are out of reach financially for many families. As a consequence, there is limited accessibility of cookers and no distribution network for fuel.

ClimateCare, which has developed innovative financing streams for sustainable development for more than a decade, set out to address this and kick start the market for ethanol cookers and fuel. This meant selling cookers and ethanol fuel in tandem, creating distribution channels and marketing and selling the concept on the ground.

At least 8,000 families will benefit from the initial project, and as the concept is rolled out with new partners and in new locations, ClimateCare expect 50,000 people to benefit by the end of 2015. “But the overall impact will be much greater than this” explains ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan. “Like many new markets, this one needs some help to pump-prime at the beginning. We expect the market to grow exponentially over time, as more people see the benefits and convenience of switching from woody biomass to ethanol. This will help create a steady, financially viable source of demand for the fuel and from there the market begins to function in its own right, bringing positive health and climate benefits at scale. To us, this represents true sustainability and as a profit for purpose business focussed on reducing emissions and improving lives, that is our ultimate aim.”

 

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Photo caption: Judith Awino sells ethanol fuel in Kibera. This distribution chain for fuel creates jobs and as the market commercialises will be part of the value chain that makes the programme financially sustainable over the longer term.

 

What’s the Role of Carbon Finance?

Carbon finance provides a partial but vital part of the finance for this project, and Hanrahan sees this award as an acknowledgement that the role of carbon finance is changing; “Carbon finance still plays a vital role in these projects and represents the value placed on the abated emission. The Sustainable Development impacts are a separate output and their value should be considered as a separate element. However by blending these separate outputs we can provide more resilient finance for the project, whilst still monitoring and valuing the carbon reduction outputs. This project is prime example of this blended finance model and I’m delighted it has been acknowledged through this award.”

 

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Picture Caption: ClimateCare’s Revolving Fund model.

The Revolving Fund was initiated using donor finance from UK AID. The fund is used to subsidise the price of ethanol stoves, making them affordable to communities. It also provides loans to assist purchase through local saving co-operatives, with a payback facility through the M-Pesa Pay Bill system. Sales of carbon credits top up the element of the fund that is reduced by providing the initial stove subsidy, allowing the fund to reach more and more people, and the project to grow. This Revolving Fund model is a blue print that ClimateCare is already rolling out across other projects.

ClimateCare has already had interest from several parties in purchasing the carbon credits from this project. The buyer will be playing an essential role in helping change the way people cook, for good – tackling poverty, improving health and protecting the environment.

 

Vote for this Project

This project has been nominated for a 2 degrees Champions Award under the Social Value category. Please show your support for this project by voting on the 2degrees website and help us demonstrate the potential for ethanol cookers to improve lives and tackle climate change.

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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

 

ClimateCare and Efficient Cookstoves
ClimateCare is a leader in the implementation of cookstove projects and was a signatory at the UN’s recent Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves Summit.

Nearly 3 billion people still cook their food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires and 4 million people die prematurely every year from exposure to smoke from these cooking methods – more than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Improved cookstoves offer a simple solution, reducing indoor air pollution. They also cut fuel costs for families, create local jobs and help tackle climate change.

ClimateCare led the development of innovative funding for cookstoves. It wrote the first consolidated methodology that allowed carbon finance to be used to support clean cookstoves and was the first company in the world to fund an improved cookstove project through carbon finance. Through this mechanism to date, it has improved life for 6.5 million people through cookstove projects and cut 2.6 million tonnes of CO2.

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 funding provision of stoves to 350,000 and 57,000 families respectively.

And if everyone already offsetting voluntary 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 £229 million of employment.

 

Partners in this Initial Ethanol Cooker Project

  • UK Department for International Development – The Department for International Development (DFID) is leading the UK Government’s fight against poverty. Through its Climate Change programme, it contributes to the overall UK International Climate Fund (ICF) objectives on low carbon and climate resilient development.
  • Safi International – a bioethanol stove and fuel company, designing, developing and manufacturing modern bioethanol cookers.
  • Umande Trust – a community trust in Kibera, specialising in both sanitation and micro finance, empowering members through access to new savings and credit facilities.

Changing Cooking in Kenya for Good

PRESS RELEASE:
NAIROBI: 15 January 2015

 

logo-climatecare1.gifToday, climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare, celebrated its 18th Birthday by launching a fund that aims to create a new market for ethanol cookers, improving the health of the local community and protecting the environment by cutting dfid-uk-flag-473CO2 emissions. The work is part of a broader programme of activity that ClimateCare has been selected to deliver for DFID (The UK Department for International Development).

ClimateCare Directors Tom Morton and Edward Hanrahan were joined by Lisa Phillips, Head of DFID-Kenya in Kibera, Nairobi. They launched a revolving fund to allow residents to purchase clean burning ethanol cookers at an affordable price.  The cookers, designed and distributed by Safi International, will change the way people in Nairobi cook, for good.

Every year in Kenya, 14,300[1] people die from exposure to toxic fumes from cooking and heating their homes on open fires and rudimentary stoves. Thanks to this innovative project, ethanol, a bi-product of Kenya’s successful sugar industry, is set to change this. Ethanol is a clean burning, renewable fuel. Replacing charcoal with ethanol fuel cuts out indoor air pollution, saving lives and lowers greenhouse gas emissions by 5 tonnes per household every year – helping to tackle climate change.

Creating a new market from scratch means developing cookers and fuel in tandem, creating distribution channels and then marketing and selling the concept on the ground. Safi International identified Kibera as the ideal location in which to initiate the market.

“Kibera is an ideal location for this project due to the high number of people using charcoal as their main source of fuel – when burnt on traditional stoves this has high indoor air pollution and high greenhouse gas emissions,” explains ClimateCare’s Tom Morton. “Furthermore, the concept of micro finance is well known in the community and Umande Trust presented itself as an efficient and reliable partner to manage micro loans from the fund to its members.”

The Safi Ethanol Cooker was extensively tested in Kisumu and Madagascar over a number of years to ensure its suitability and desirability for regular, domestic use. At the same time, sugar factories were engaged to turn their waste molasses into high quality, Safi branded, ethanol fuel. Distribution channels have now been set up for the sale of both stoves and fuel through many of the small retailers across Kibera, creating a value chain that stimulates the local economy at every step.

To make the purchase of a Safi Ethanol Cooker affordable for families, ClimateCare is using funding from UKaid to subsidise the initial cost and to create a revolving fund through which local Savings and Credits Co-operative Societies can lend money to their members at zero interest, enabling them to purchase a cooker. The first 800 cookers have been sold, and initial feedback from retailers and end consumers is excellent.

ClimateCare will be carrying out research to measure and report on all outcomes of the project – health, economic and environmental and will measure reductions in carbon delivered through the project using the Clean Development Mechanism. Selling the resulting carbon credits will be essential to the long term success and expansion of the project, with the income re-invested in the revolving fund, keeping the cost of the cookers down and allowing the project to continue and become financially sustainable.

“This kind of integrated project, designed from the outset to benefit people and the environment is exactly what our Climate+Care approach is about” said ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan.

“Over the next year, this project is expected to reach 8000 families by making it affordable for communities in Kibera to buy and use ethanol fuelled cookers. But it will do so much more than this. Together with partners we are investing funds to kick start a market. We will continue to develop and support this market through each stage of its evolution, bringing in new corporate and public sector partners until one day, it is able to stand on its own two feet and deliver measurable benefits for communities around the world – that is the sort of legacy we want to create.”

[1] World Health Organisation Study: Country Burden of Disease 2009

 

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Evelyn Mutindi using her new Safi e-cooker
Photo Credit: ClimateCare

 

UPDATE: This project has been nominated for a 2 degrees Champions Award under the Social Value category. Please show your support for this project by voting on the 2degrees website and help us demonstrate the potential for ethanol cookers to improve lives and tackle climate change.

 

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.

ClimateCare is a leader in the implementation of cookstove projects and was a signatory at the UN’s recent Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves Summit.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Twitter: @ClimateCare

 

DFID

The Department for International Development (DFID) is leading the UK Government’s fight against poverty. Through its Climate Change programme, it contributes to the overall UK International Climate Fund (ICF) objectives on low carbon and climate resilient development. The programme covers four thematic areas; Climate resilient development (Adaptation); Clean energy/Low carbon development (Mitigation); Climate information and services (Modelling & weather forecasting) and Climate finance. The Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund (FICCF) supports the scale up of challenging adaptation and mitigation projects using innovative financing instruments.  The funds target the achievement of climate change outcomes particularly in adaptation to climate change and in the arid and semi-arid (ASAL) districts of Kenya.

 

Safi International:

Safi International is a leading bioethanol stove- and fuel company, designing, developing and manufacturing affordable, modern bioethanol stoves for African families.

Every year, more than 4.3 million people die from indoor pollution, and in Africa alone, there are more than 600.000 people dying from respiratory diseases, caused by cooking over fire-wood or charcoal. Safi International is dedicated to improve these numbers.

Safi distributes Safi e-cookers and Safi bioethanol through dedicated local franchisees.

Safi International is owned by the holding company Singita, who is also the main shareholder of our sister company, Green Development as. Singita is owned by Une Amundsen, Ole Sæthre and Elisabeth Klerck Nilssen.

The company was founded in 2012, as a natural part of a wider initiative in Africa, based on the knowledge and experience of the owners of Green Development. Green Development has developed and built a comprehensive climate program, CDM – PoA in Africa and provides funds to renewable clean cook projects in Africa. Green Development has also developed a program, together with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), in order to measure the development effects of our projects.

Safi International has chosen the Kibera project as a first pilot but are building up operations in Nairobi, Kisumu and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Our goal is a large scale roll out.

 

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South African airline, Mango, joins the IATA Carbon Offset Program to reduce emissions and benefit local communities

Low-Cost South African airline Mango, has joined the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Carbon Offset Program. From today, Mango customers can opt to offset carbon emissions and at the same time, they will improve life for low income families in South Africa.

The IATA Carbon Offset Program is run in partnership with ClimateCare and offers airlines a turnkey solution for providing customer offsets. 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.

Mango and IATA have developed a simple programme which they hope will encourage a high number of passengers to take part. Having calculated emissions from the average Mango flight, the airline asks customers to pay a flat-rate fee towards offsetting these emissions at booking.

Mango passengers will offset emissions through a project that provides solar power to low income families across South Africa. Money generated will support installation of solar water heating units to low income families across South Africa, lessening the demand for fossil-fuel based electricity and reducing CO2 emissions, but that’s not all. This project improves the lives of families in South Africa – increasing disposable income by creating new skilled jobs, saving money on fuel bills and providing access to reliable energy for some households who are currently off-grid.

“Today’s launch marks an important milestone in the continuing success of the IATA Carbon Offset Program and we are delighted to help support both IATA and Mango in their ambitions to tackle the environmental impacts of aviation, through projects which protect the environment and improve people’s lives. We’d encourage other airlines to take similar action” says ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan.

“This is a global standard program that will deliver local benefits… It’s a winning proposition for travelers, the environment and local communities,” says Tony Tyler, Director General, IATA.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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.

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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

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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

Press enquiries and image requests

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