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SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS GATHER TO CELEBRATE CLIMATECARE QUEEN’S AWARD

Press Release: 7 October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Notes to editors

ClimateCare

ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world. We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Queen’s Award

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

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

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

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

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CLIMATECARE RECEIVES A QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Press Release: 21 April 2014

ClimateCare is today celebrating being named as winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, and hopes this acknowledgement will encourage new partners to work with it in order to tackle climate change and support sustainable development.

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The company wins a Sustainable Development Award for outstanding contributions to poverty alleviation and tackling climate change. Its work with influential partners to develop and structure finance for integrated climate and development projects delivers environmental, health, economic and social benefits.

To date, it has helped reduce over 16.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and improve the lives of more than 6 million people. For example, it has helped distribute over a million efficient cookstoves, provide 4.5 million people with safe water and supported the creation of a market for treadle pumps for crop irrigation which increase yields and disposable incomes for farmers.

ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan said, “I am delighted that ClimateCare has received such a prestigious award. As the scientific evidence for climate change compels ever more urgent action, it’s timely that the Queen’s Awards have recognised a specialised sustainability practitioner, focussed on cutting carbon emissions and improving people’s lives.

“There is increasing acceptance about the need for large scale action to reduce global emissions. This, combined with the realisation that the least developed countries are already beginning to suffer from the effects of climate change, mean that it makes absolute sense to focus on projects that deliver both climate and development outcomes.

“I hope that such a positive endorsement about the effectiveness of our integrated climate and development approach will encourage more organisations to support our work, either through initial investment into projects, or to take full responsibility for their own climate impacts by purchasing the resulting carbon credits to provide ongoing finance streams for such projects.”

Partnership is central to ClimateCare’s approach and, since it was founded in 1997, it has brought together a variety of diverse organisations including international governments, NGOs, investors and businesses, to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. ClimateCare’s forward thinking and pioneering supporters include Aviva, The Co-operative, Jaguar Land Rover, The Swedish Energy Agency and Forum for the Future, to name but a few.

“Investing in high quality carbon and development projects, like those that ClimateCare offers, should be an essential part of the CSR and carbon management strategy of every responsible business,” says Jonathan Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future. “I hope this award helps raise awareness amongst the international business and development communities about the real and measurable value that ClimateCare’s approach can deliver.”

“The Swedish Government is committed to supporting projects that deliver measurable outcomes for communities as well as the environment. We are proud to support ClimateCare’s clean cookstove programme in Ghana and congratulate them on receiving this award.” Christian Sommer, Swedish Energy Agency.

“Jaguar Land Rover has supported ClimateCare’s integrated approach to protecting the environment and improving lives since 2007. Using carbon finance for development makes simple, business sense and going forward, ClimateCare will help us both offset our manufacturing emissions and deliver against our target, to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020.” Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

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Photo caption: Through ClimateCare organisations support projects like the Gyapa Stoves Project, in Ghana. The locally manufactured Gyapa Stove cooks food more quickly, uses 40-50% less fuel and reduces exposure to toxic smoke. ClimateCare partnered with NGO Relief International back in 2007 to unlock carbon finance for this project, which has to date cut more than 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, created over 800 local jobs and saved local families more than $35million in fuel costs. Contact ClimateCare on +44(0)1865 591000 to support this, or similar projects.

 

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Photo Caption: Through ClimateCare, organisations support projects like the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project in Kenya. A partnership between ClimateCare and global health company Vestergaard, this project cuts carbon emissions and provides safe water to over 4.5 million people in Kenya. Contact ClimateCare on +44(0)1865 591000 to support this, or similar projects.

 

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

ClimateCare is also looking for people to join its growing Oxford Team. Find out more at www.climatecare.org

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

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

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

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

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Press Release: JAGUAR LAND ROVER COLLABORATES WITH CLIMATECARE TO HELP CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR 12 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BY 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is supporting the entire Busia region of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project

 

BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013, Jaguar Land Rover, has announced its new Environmental Innovation Strategy which aims to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020 by creating a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives.

As well as focussing on reducing the whole life environmental impacts of its products, manufacturing and supply chain operations, Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy will deliver positive impacts in the communities where it operates by improving health, reducing poverty and providing new opportunities for employment and education.

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We will collaborate with climate and development expert ClimateCare to enable us to deliver projects that will help towards our target of creating opportunities for 12 million people, specifically in developing countries and to offset emissions from our manufacturing facilities.

Jaguar Land Rover has worked with ClimateCare since 2007, investing in innovative Climate and Development projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives. To deliver the new target of creating opportunities for 12 million people Jaguar Land Rover will work with ClimateCare for a further three years to develop and deliver world- leading carbon for development projects.

“ClimateCare has always concentrated on delivering integrated projects that enhance health, well-being and the environment” explains ClimateCare Director Tom Morton, “We are delighted to be working with Jaguar Land Rover on this innovative programme that will use its carbon offset budget in a smart way, to offset emissions and at the same time deliver measurable benefits for millions of people.”

Jaguar Land Rover has taken the first step towards its target by supporting a region of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project with ClimateCare and global health company Vestergaard in Kenya. The project  reduces carbon emissions and provides safe water to over 700,000 people by distributing LifeStraw water filters to the entire Busia region of Kenya.

“This is the first time that one business has supported a complete geographic region of this project, and means we can better identify the positive impact Jaguar Land Rover’s support has on local communities” explains ClimateCare Director, Tom Morton.

ClimateCare is working with Jaguar Land Rover and LBG (the London Benchmarking Group) to agree consistent measurement methodologies that will be used to accurately report the number of lives improved throughout the Jaguar Land Rover programme.

 

LifeStraw Carbon for Water Project, Kenya

This award winning project is run on the ground by Vestergaard, a global health company dedicated to helping disadvantaged people, and provides about 4.5 million people in western Kenya with simple, gravity fed water filters This replaces the need for resource-intensive treatment methods such as boiling water with firewood which depletes forests or chemical treatment. Residents now have ready access to safe drinking water which can prevent waterborne diseases like Cholera and Typhoid.

The project is recognised as a lighthouse project by the UN and has won numerous awards. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions, measured and independently verified by the Gold Standard Foundation. Vestergaard partnered with ClimateCare to make the project sustainable through the sale of carbon credits to organisations, like Jaguar Land Rover, that choose to offset their unavoidable emissions.

By purchasing carbon credits to offset its entire UK manufacturing assembly emissions for one year, JLR has supported the provision of safe drinking water to the 700,000 people who live in the Busia area.

 

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

 

Jaguar Land Rover has:

  • Reduced operating CO2 emissions by 21 per cent since 2007 (per vehicle produced).
  • Cut waste to landfill by 75 per cent since 2007 (per vehicle produced). Reduced water consumption by 17 per cent (per vehicle produced).
  • Operated one of the world’s largest CO2 offset programmes. All Jaguar and Land Rover manufacturing assembly is CO2 offset.
  • Emissions from transporting cars to global markets has reduced by 18 per cent since 2008 (per vehicle produced).

See more on the Jaguar Land Rover website.

 

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Swedish Energy Agency works with ClimateCare to tackle climate change and improve lives

Climate and development expert, ClimateCare, is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) that will not only be used to help Sweden fulfil its national target for reducing emissions  but will improve the lives of people in local communities.

Over the coming years, as part of its CER Purchase Programme, the Swedish Energy Agency will purchase 500,000 Certified Emissions Reductions from ClimateCare’s improved cooking stove project in Ghana, developed jointly with global investor BioCarbon Group and local partner CookClean Ltd.

ClimateCare structured the finance and, alongside BioCarbon, invested in this locally driven Ghanaian business. CookClean now manufactures an advanced yet affordable model of highly efficient charcoal burning stove in Accra and sells them to households nationwide.

ClimateCare funded the first ever cooking stoves through carbon finance in 2003 and registered the Ghana Programme with the United Nations in 2012. Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare said, “Having delivered over 2.5 million Emissions Reductions already from our stoves projects, we are delighted to continue to prove the model of well managed and efficiently run projects, that deliver both Climate and Development impacts, can be made to work under the Clean Development Mechanism. The work that we did to write the first recognised methodology for cooking stoves eight years ago, continues to pay dividends for the climate as well as for those communities and households who have directly benefitted. In these days of troubled mainstream carbon markets, ClimateCare continues to develop innovative ways of structuring finance for projects such as these.”

Christian Sommer from the Swedish Energy Agency said, “The Swedish Government is committed to purchasing CERs from projects that have measurable outcomes for their host communities and where a fair carbon price is central to the project’s success. Having analysed a large number of efficient cooking stove projects, we are delighted to sign this first transaction with ClimateCare”

Johannes Ebeling from BioCarbon said, “We are pleased to be investing in a project that will deliver health and environmental benefits at a meaningful scale by making highly efficient stoves available to households in Ghana. The project is an excellent demonstration of how carbon markets can deliver both emissions reductions and sustainable development outcomes while supporting transformational local enterprise, which is what we aim for in all of our investments. We are pleased that the SEA recognises the exceptional social value created by the project through this important performance-based carbon purchase.”

 

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

 

The Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency is responsible for the governmental CDM programme in Sweden. The Agency has been active since 2002 in participating in CDM and JI projects and acquiring emission reduction credits.The programme is focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and aims at a broad geographical distribution of CDM projects, including Africa and Least Developed Countries. At present, the Agency is engaged in over 70 projects and participates in seven multilateral CDM and JI funds, through which the Agency supports around 130 additional projects.

BioCarbon

BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd is a leading international investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance activities that offer transformational environmental and development benefits. With projects located in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, BioCarbon partners with experienced local project partners. Its shareholders include Global Forest Partners LP, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Macquarie Bank.

CookClean Limited

This project has the potential to decrease 1 million tonnes of CO2.and help take pressure off vulnerable native forests, which remain the main source of cooking fuel in Ghana.

The Programme of Activities has secured international investment from ClimateCare and BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd with production and sales of stoves getting off the ground late last year. The initial CPAs are in Ghana, managed by CookClean Limited

“Improved cook-stoves offer significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as transformational health benefits and conservation of highly threatened forests. BioCarbon is pleased to be working with ClimateCare on this project, which will make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that this project can showcase the value of private sector investment in pro-development climate change mitigation efforts.” said Johannes Ebeling of BioCarbon, investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance projects globally.

The project has been validated under the Clean Development Mechanism and will be accredited for reductions of emissions recognised under the Kyoto Protocol. The project will also reduce ‘black carbon’, or soot, increasingly recognised as a key contributor to climate change.

Equally important are the positive impacts these clean cookstove projects will bring to families: improving disposable incomes by halving fuel requirements and reducing indoor air pollution – the fourth biggest health risk in the developing world.

ClimateCare will use this first project under the Programme of Activities to quantify health improvements, as it continues work to generate results based payments for the verified development outcomes of its Climate and Development projects.

“We have always specialised in projects that deliver both Climate and Development outcomes” explains Tom Morton, ClimateCare Director.

UNFCCC

Further details about this Programme of Activities can be found on the UNFCCC website:  https://cdm.unfccc.int/ProgrammeOfActivities/poa_db/V7A06W39LCRF4X8P1BGIJDUEKTS5QH/view

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Figure 1: Eager customers purchase a CookMate stove from a company van in an Accra market.

 

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Figure 2: Testing the Cookmate

 

 

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AVIVA’S CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMME HAS IMPROVED THE LIVES OF 200,000

Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance partnered with climate and development experts ClimateCare, to develop a new way to measure and report the full impact of offsetting Aviva’s carbon emissions through ClimateCare’s ‘Climate and Development’ projects.

Now, for the first time, Aviva has been able to robustly measure and report on the additional benefits its carbon offset programmes have had on local communities using the LBG Framework – a peer reviewed methodology which quantifies and measures corporate community investment, developed with ClimateCare.

Although Aviva has been carbon neutral for many years, this new methodology reveals that in the last two years alone, Aviva’s carbon offset programme has positively impacted the lives of more than 200,000 people through two projects – LifeStraw Carbon for Water in Kenya and Envirofit Efficient Stoves in India.

Zelda Bentham, Head of Environment and Climate Change at Aviva, said; “We have always been committed to offsetting our environmental impacts, but we also wanted to make sure our programmes delivered a broader community impact.

“Using this methodology we can demonstrate the full value of offsetting our carbon emissions. In the last two years we’ve offset 126,555 tonnes of carbon emissions through two environmental projects, and that’s directly led to improvements in the lives of more than 200,000 people. It’s what our customers and investors expect so it’s really important we can credibly show this.”

Since it was founded in 1997, ClimateCare has become a world leader in dual impact ‘Climate and Development’ projects, which both reduce emissions and deliver measurable improvements for local communities and the environment.

“All our projects measurably improve people’s lives” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan, “Many, such as our efficient cookstove and water projects, which Aviva supports, are centred around people and vulnerable communities – providing safe water, improving health, creating jobs and stimulating local economies. Our clients see the value of taking an integrated approach to sustainability and we are always keen to help them talk about the full impacts of their actions in a robust and recognised way.”

Aviva’s Carbon Offset Programmes:

In 2006 Aviva was the first global insurance group to offset its entire operational emissions and it remains carbon neutral. In recent years Aviva has worked closely with experts at ClimateCare to improve lives  and protect the environment.

This has led to their support of two world leading projects:

1. LifeStraw Carbon for Water, Kenya

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780 million people do not have access to safe drinking water globally and 17 million people in Kenya don’t have access to safe drinking water. Many suffer from waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea – the third leading cause of death in Kenya.*

Aviva invested in this ground breaking project, which has distributed nearly 900,000 simple gravity fed water filters, removing the need to boil water on open fires. This saves money, reduces exposure to toxic fumes, carbon emissions and protects local forests.


2. Envirofit Efficient Stoves, India

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In India 82% of the population cooks over a 3-stone open fire which is inefficient, smoky, and causes more than 480,000 deaths a year across the country. To solve this problem, Envirofit International, a clean energy social enterprise headquartered in the US, has invested in designing, testing, producing, and marketing, high quality clean energy cookstoves.

Envirofit’s replacement cookstoves significantly impact both health and the environment, reducing toxic emissions up to 80%, climate change emissions CO2 up to 60%, and black carbon up to 40%. The stoves also generate savings for the consumer by reducing fuel consumption up to 60% and improve cooking efficiency up to 40%.  Carbon offsetting helps to subsidise the price of this technology, to make clean energy cookstoves more affordable to families across India.

 

Measuring results

It is challenging and time consuming to measure and report the total number of people benefiting from any project and it is more challenging still to understand the depth and nature of those impacts. An added complication arises when trying to attribute impacts to the purchase of a specific volume of carbon reduction credits.

However in contrast to the majority of carbon reduction projects, many of ClimateCare’s projects cut carbon emissions by working directly with individual households and families. For example, by providing them with water filters so they no longer have to boil water on open fires, or selling subsidised cookstoves that use less charcoal, the projects cut toxic emissions, improve health and create jobs, as well as protecting the environment.

In order to measure the carbon reductions generated through these types of project, regular on-the-ground monitoring is necessary. This makes it cost effective to carry out robust measurement of social impacts at the same time, and means ClimateCare’s projects are ideal for organisations that want to deliver social impacts through their carbon reduction activity.

 

Developing the methodology

The LBG Framework is a peer reviewed methodology, which quantifies and measures corporate community investment. Already an LBG member, Aviva’s carbon offset programme was the case study against which this new measurement framework was developed.

 

Ends

Notes to editors

 Aviva

  • Aviva provides 34 million customers with insurance, savings and investment products.
  • It is the UK’s largest insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance.
  • Aviva is committed to serving our customers well in order to build a stronger, sustainable business, which makes a positive contribution to society, and for which our people are proud to work.
  • The Aviva media centre at www.aviva.com/media includes images, company and product information and a news release archive

 

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 responsibility 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 project

In rural western Kenya, the health of local communities is at risk through drinking water containing microbiological contamination. Many residents suffer from waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea, which is the third leading cause of death among children and adults in Kenya, according the WHO.

To guard against this, the prevailing practice in rural Kenya is to boil drinking water with wood. Many families lack the resources to afford the wood, which is scarce and expensive if purchased.

This project distributed nearly 900,000 gravity-fed LifeStraw® water filters in rural Kenya, which means people no longer have to burn wood to boil and treat water. Each household is visited annually by staff from equipment supplier Vestergaard Frandsen, a company specialising in disease control products. Data on health and water treatment are recorded and geo-tagged through a smartphone app, and independently monitored as part of the voluntary Gold Standard.

Preliminary results from the first 18 months of operation show that the project is delivering safe water to 4.5 million people and is expected to cut two million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year (this is being verified by The Gold Standard).

Find out more about the project at www.carbonforwater.com

* WHO and UNICEF, 2012 update Joint Monitoring programme for Water Supply and Sanitation

India cookstoves, Envirofit

Traditionally, a large portion of the rural population of India has used inefficient cookstoves commonly known as chulas. Chulas produce substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions as they rely on the burning of non renewable biomass (fuel wood).

India’s domestic sector is one of its largest primary energy consumers with 75% of energy requirements met by fuel-wood and agricultural waste. Cooking alone is responsible for 90% of household energy consumption, and demand is increasing annually at a rate of 8.1%. As per the World Health Organization Comparative Risk Study, approximately 400,000 women and children die every year in India due to exposure to smoke from household use of solid fuels.

This initiative is undertaken by Envirofit, a non-profit organisation. The aim is to replace the inefficient, unhealthy and energy intensive traditional cookstoves with Envirofit Cookstoves (ECS).

ECS have been designed to achieve reduction in fuel consumption (non renewable biomass) and to improve the levels of indoor air pollution. The ECS result in better heat transfer and complete fuel combustion (avoiding smoke, black soot and particulate matter). The programme reduces non renewable biomass extraction by reducing fuel consumption and reduces GHG emissions of consumed fuel.

“Partnering with Aviva and ClimateCare reduces the price of cookstoves to families across India making this technology affordable to those in the greatest need.” Ron Bills, CEO, Envirofit.

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Charity Challenge offsets more than 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, and challenges its customers to do more.

Since 2007, tour operator Charity Challenge has offset its unavoidable carbon emissions as one part of its approach to Responsible Travel. It also makes a contribution towards covering the emissions caused by customer flights. Today it is proud to announce that it has offset 13,116 tonnes of carbon and helped to support 31 projects worldwide.

Working with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare, Charity Challenge has been able to support projects that both cut carbon and benefit the local environment and communities.

These projects include the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, providing safe water to more than 4.5 million people in Kenya; renewable energy projects in India and Indonesia and projects in Uganda and Ghana to provide families with more efficient cookstoves.

Going forward, Charity Challenge will be making a stronger call for customers to follow its lead and join forces by taking action to offset their own flights and other unavoidable emissions with ClimateCare.

“Everyone has heard the phrase ‘Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints’ with regard to responsible travel” says Simon Albert, Charity Challenge founder and Director. “However, working with ClimateCare we are helping to build a lasting legacy, neutralising our carbon footprint, and in doing so leaving behind sustainable infrastructure and measurable benefits for the local environment and communities. We hope that our customers will be inspired by our actions and that more will choose to offset their own emissions. We aim to make it as easy as possible for them to do so”

“We are delighted to work with organisations like Charity Challenge, which set the precedent for others, both their customers and their competition, by taking responsible action now and demonstrating real leadership.” said ClimateCare CEO, Edward Hanrahan.

Projects supported by Charity Challenge include:

The LifeStraw Carbon for Water Project

This project provided water filters to 4.5 million people, which eliminates the need to boil water on wood fires in order to make it safe to drink. In doing so, the project is reducing several million tonnes of carbon emissions annually and is expected to deliver health benefits by preventing the spread of illness and disease caused by drinking contaminated water.

Visit our project page to find out more.

Clean cookstoves in Uganda and Ghana

This year, finance from carbon offsetting is helping to fund two cookstove projects in Uganda (above) and Ghana. These efficient cookstoves reduce fuel requirements by up to 50%. As well as cutting carbon, and saving families money, they improve health by reducing exposure to toxic fumes – a leading cause of death in the developing world. Both projects also focus on supporting the local economy and creating jobs manufacturing and distributing cookstoves.

Visit our project pages to find out how cookstove projects in Uganda and Ghana are making a difference.

 

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.

Charity Challenge

Charity Challenge is the World’s leading fundraising challenge operator. Best known for organising the Comic Relief celebrity Kilimanjaro Climb, they organise over 100 expeditions each year and have run more international challenges, and have raised funds for more charities than any other company worldwide.

So far they have helped thousands of people to raise over £35m for over 1400 different charities.

Their portfolio includes treks, bike rides and cycle rides, mountain climbs, rafting, sky diving, dog sledding, skiing and community challenges in over 30 countries worldwide. They also run Geographic North and South Pole expeditions.

Press enquiries and image requests:

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

Sustainable Business Magazine, edie.net and ClimateCare strengthen ties

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 7 May 2013

Following a successful partnership across three events last year, Sustainable Business Magazine and edie.net have extended their agreement with ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to key events this year.

Travel by those attending six key events will be offset with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, a multi-award winning project recently selected by the UNFCCC to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries. As well as cutting carbon, the project delivers safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, which has the potential to dramatically improve health and protect the environment.

“We specialise in helping businesses, governments and NGOs take a smart approach to tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges, increasing impact and making best use of their social investment budget” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan. “

ClimateCare has fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world. It is well known for its integrated Climate and Development solutions, which deliver multiple positive outcomes for communities across the world, as well as creating innovative partnerships between public and private sector.

“We’re delighted to work with ClimateCare on two fronts” says Head of Events Mark Baker. “One, they are helping us take measurable action to make our events more sustainable – one more step towards ensuring our own business is sustainable as those we write about. Secondly, we hope that this partnership will allow ClimateCare to share their messages with our event delegates, stimulating new action and partnerships that will benefit everyone.”

ClimateCare representatives will be available at each event, to discuss delegates’ sustainability challenges and explore ways they can take cost effective action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets. Or you can contact the ClimateCare team directly on +44 (0)1865 591000 or by visiting www.climatecare.org

 

Notes to editors

 

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is an independent ‘profit for purpose’ organisation committed to tackling climate change, poverty and development issues. Our unique climate and development model funds ground-breaking projects spanning renewable energy, water purification and clean cookstove technology, cutting emissions and transforming millions of lives worldwide. We enable organisations to adopt a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions and supporting sustainable development. Find out more at www.climatecare.org

 

LifeStraw Carbon for Water

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

 

edie.net

More than a million professionals use edie.net every year to stay up-to-date with the latest news, information and analysis. From legislation and compliance updates, innovation and technology advances and exclusive market intelligence to the latest commentary, debate and expert opinion and interview and case studies highlighting best business practice.

 

Our editorial content directly addresses the issues that affect companies, making it an invaluable resource for an increasingly influential audience of decision makers across the spectrum of small, medium, large and enterprise-sized companies in the UK.

www.edie.net

 

Sustainable Business

As the UK’s number one digital climate change and sustainability magazine for business, Sustainable Business drives the agenda for firms looking to take advantage of the low-carbon economy – and helps them to make it happen.

 

The events covered by this partnership include:

 

Sustainability Communications Forum

21st May, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

www.sb-communications.net

 

Energy Management Forum 2013

14th May, One America Square Conference Centre, London

www.sb-energy.net

 

Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement
27th June, 76 Portland Place, London

www.sb-supplychain.net

 

Sustainability Leaders Forum 2013

21st November, Hotel Russell, London

www.sustainabilityleaders.net

 

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591008

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

Businesses continue to invest in projects that improve lives and protect the environment

An annual state of the market report launched today, shows that businesses across the world continue to see the value of investing in projects that reduce carbon emissions, protect the environment and improve people’s lives, as a way to demonstrate industry leadership and take responsibility for their impacts.

Over the last year alone, the private sector has channelled $523million into projects that cut carbon emissions and $80 million of this, specifically into projects that distribute clean cookstoves and water filtration devices. These projects cut carbon, but also protect local forests, create jobs and improve health, for example by reducing families’ exposure to toxic fumes.

“ClimateCare is known for these integrated Climate and Development projects” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan. “This report confirms our confidence in the intentions of businesses to take real responsibility for their climate impacts, and to fund action on climate change through integrated projects that deliver real positive impacts on people’s lives.”

According to the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Report 2013, the private sector contracted 90% of all emission reductions in the voluntary carbon market in order to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and industry leadership. In addition, the report noted that business are working more closely with project developers, to ensure that projects deliver both the environmental and social benefits they are looking for.

 “Over recent years we have seen a strong interest from international businesses in our integrated Climate and Development approach.” Says Hanrahan. “Our clients tell us that whilst they are initially attracted to ClimateCare by our world leading projects, as they work with us, they increasingly value our ability to tailor projects to deliver the specific, measurable outcomes they require, alongside our focus on bringing people together, to create innovative public/private/NGO partnerships that scale up activity and provide a win, win for everyone – business, people and the environment.”

 

State of the Voluntary Carbon Market Report 2013

The report, supported by ClimateCare, was launched at Carbon Expo in Barcelona, where ClimateCare Director Edward Hanrahan was on the panel.

 The report’s executive summary is available at: http://www.forest-trends.org/vcm2013.php

The full report will be made freely available at the same link in late June

Sustainable Business Magazine, edie.net and ClimateCare strengthen ties to help organisations take measurable action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets.

Following a successful partnership across three events last year, Sustainable Business Magazine and edie.net have extended their agreement with ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with speaker and delegate travel to key events this year.

Travel by those attending six key events will be offset with the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, a multi-award winning project recently selected by the UNFCCC to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries. As well as cutting carbon, the project delivers safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, which has the potential to dramatically improve health and protect the environment.

“We specialise in helping businesses, governments and NGOs take a smart approach to tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges, increasing impact and making best use of their social investment budget” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan.

ClimateCare has fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world. It is well known for its integrated Climate and Development solutions, which deliver multiple positive outcomes for communities across the world, as well as creating innovative partnerships between public and private sector.

“We’re delighted to work with ClimateCare on two fronts” says Head of Events Mark Baker. “One, they are helping us take measurable action to make our events more sustainable – one more step towards ensuring our own business is sustainable as those we write about. Secondly, we hope that this partnership will allow ClimateCare to share their messages with our event delegates, stimulating new action and partnerships that will benefit everyone.”

ClimateCare representatives will be available at each event, to discuss delegates’ sustainability challenges and explore ways they can take cost effective action to meet multiple Water, Carbon and Sustainability targets. Or you can contact the ClimateCare team directly on +44 (0)1865 591000 or by visiting www.climatecare.org

ClimateCare

ClimateCare is an independent ‘profit for purpose’ organisation committed to tackling climate change, poverty and development issues. Our unique climate and development model funds ground-breaking projects spanning renewable energy, water purification and clean cookstove technology, cutting emissions and transforming millions of lives worldwide. We enable organisations to adopt a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions and supporting sustainable development. Find out more at www.climatecare.org

LifeStraw Carbon for Water

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

edie.net

More than a million professionals use edie.net every year to stay up-to-date with the latest news, information and analysis. From legislation and compliance updates, innovation and technology advances and exclusive market intelligence to the latest commentary, debate and expert opinion and interview and case studies highlighting best business practice.

Our editorial content directly addresses the issues that affect companies, making it an invaluable resource for an increasingly influential audience of decision makers across the spectrum of small, medium, large and enterprise-sized companies in the UK.

www.edie.net

Sustainable Business

As the UK’s number one digital climate change and sustainability magazine for business, Sustainable Business drives the agenda for firms looking to take advantage of the low-carbon economy – and helps them to make it happen.

The events covered by this partnership include:

Sustainability Communications Forum

21st May, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

www.sb-communications.net

Energy Management Forum 2013

14th May, One America Square Conference Centre, London

www.sb-energy.net

Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement
27th June, 76 Portland Place, London

www.sb-supplychain.net

Sustainability Leaders Forum 2013

21st November, Hotel Russell, London

www.sustainabilityleaders.net

ClimateCare and BioCarbon announce CDM clean cookstove project in Ghana expected to reduce 1 million tonnes of CO2e

Climate and Development expert ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is improving health and reducing carbon emissions with the registration of its CDM cookstove Programme of Activities.

ClimateCare developed the Gold Standard methodology that first made carbon finance for clean cookstove projects possible. This project has the potential to decrease 1 million tonnes of CO2.and help take pressure off vulnerable native forests, which remain the main source of cooking fuel in Ghana.

The project, implemented by CookClean Ghana Ltd, has secured international investment from ClimateCare and BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd with production and sales of stoves getting off the ground late last year.

“Improved cook-stoves offer significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as transformational health benefits and conservation of highly threatened forests. BioCarbon is pleased to be working with ClimateCare on this project, which will make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that this project can showcase the value of private sector investment in pro-development climate change mitigation efforts.” said Johannes Ebeling of BioCarbon, investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance projects globally.

The project has been validated under the CDM and will be accredited for reductions of emissions recognised under the Kyoto Protocol. The project will also reduce ‘black carbon’, or soot, increasingly recognised as a key contributor to climate change. A short lived climate pollutant (SLCP), black carbon remains in the atmosphere for a few decades at most and is known to trap significant amounts of outgoing radiation, thereby disturbing the climate’s energy balance.

Taking action to reduce black carbon offers a real opportunity to slow down global warming in the short term – it is estimated that stamping out SLCPs could cut the rate of climate change by half, for several decades 1. Recognising the role that high-quality improved cooking stoves have in reducing black carbon, ClimateCare fully supports UNEP’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which seeks to tackle this form of pollution.

Equally important are the positive impacts these clean cookstove projects will bring to families: improving disposable incomes by halving fuel requirements and reducing indoor air pollution – the fourth biggest health risk in the developing world2.

ClimateCare will use this first project under the Programme of Activities to quantify health improvements, as it continues work to generate results based payments for the verified development outcomes of its Climate and Development projects.

“We have always specialised in projects that deliver both Climate and Development outcomes” explains Tom Morton, ClimateCare Director. “’With the current low CER price, it is absolutely vital that we find ways to continue to fund projects such as these, which both reduce emissions , and, crucially deliver real, measurable differences to people’s lives, health and financial security. Given this, our work to measure and secure Results Based Finance for all the outcomes of these integrated projects is more important than ever.”

ClimateCare is working with Governments and NGOs across the world, making the most of their 15 years’ experience delivering dual outcome projects, to develop multiple funding streams on a payment by results basis. Organisations interested in supporting Climate and Development projects should contact ClimateCare on +44 (0)1865 591000.

Further details about this Programme of Activities can be found on the UNFCCC website:  https://cdm.unfccc.int/ProgrammeOfActivities/poa_db/V7A06W39LCRF4X8P1BGIJDUEKTS5QH/view