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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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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

Jaguar Land Rover supports its 50th carbon reduction project

Since 2007 Jaguar Land Rover has been investing in carbon reduction projects across the globe, as one part of their approach to sustainability.

Today they celebrate the multiple achievements of their carbon offset programme with a stakeholder video, showcasing their support of 50 carbon reduction projects over 5 years. This support has delivered more than a 5 million tonnes reduction in CO2 –making it one of the largest voluntary carbon offset programmes in the world.

The very first project they supported was pioneering, using carbon finance to distribute efficient cookstoves in Uganda. Jaguar Land Rover has supported projects that have distributed more than 180,000 new fuel efficient stoves in Uganda,  Ghana and Cambodia – dramatically reducing emissions and improving indoor air quality. Their support also paved the way for carbon funding for other cookstove projects, supporting the mission of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

True to form, the 50th project supported by Jaguar Land Rover is the unique and award winning Carbon for Water project in Kenya. This project is the first of its kind to use carbon funding to support the provision of safe water to 4.5 million people in Kenya and last month was awarded Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year, adding to other recent awards for Social Innovation and Health.

Watch the Jaguar Land Rover video here. 

Sustainable Business magazine and edie.net join forces with ClimateCare to offset carbon emissions with the award winning Carbon for Water project

Leading online environmental publishers edie.net and Sustainable Business magazine have partnered with climate and development experts ClimateCare to offset the carbon emissions associated with travel to key events.

Travel by those attending the 2012 Responsible Procurement and Supplier Engagement Conference, Corporate Water Risk 2012 Conference and the Sustainability Leaders Forum will be offset through the multiple award-winning Carbon for Water project.

The purchase of carbon credits helps finance this project which recently won Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year. The project delivers safe water to more than 4.5 million people in Kenya, generating significant carbon reductions, while dramatically enhancing the health and economic circumstances of local communities.

“It is important for us to practice what we preach” explains head of events, Mark Baker. “ClimateCare are experts in this field, with fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world. Working with them has helped us understand how we can ensure our own business is a sustainable as those we write about. Offsetting the travel of delegates and speakers attending our events is a positive step towards this.”

ClimateCare Director Edward Hanrahan explains “We are working with a range of organisations, from international corporates, governments and NGOs to deliver exciting projects at an unprecedented scale. Our climate and development model helps organisations take a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions and supporting sustainable development”.

ClimateCare representatives will be available to discuss their unique Climate and Development approach at all three events. Find out more, or offset your emissions online at www.climatecare.org

Notes to editors

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

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

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.

Responsible Procurement and Supplier Engagement Conference

www.sb-supplychain.net 

Sustainability Leaders Forum

www.sustainabilityleaders.net

 

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: RhiannonSzmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

Smart data can help unlock solutions on clean water

Last week I attended a fascinating lecture, part of the Oxford University’s Water Futures Programme.

Clean Water, Rights and Responsibilities

Professor David Bradley gave an excellent summary of the history and current landscape of water and health, from the early pioneers in epidemiology, Dr John Snow tracking down the source of the 1854 London cholera epidemic to the Broad Street pump, to the current challenges facing the international network of organisations working to promote clean water and sanitation.

Explaining that “it is important to phrase things in the language of the people who are actually going to do something about the problem” (music to my ears) he introduced the 4 categories, based upon the type of interventions required:

  • waterborne: infections caused through drinking contaminated water
  • water-based: caused by parasites that spend at least part of their life cycle in water
  • water-washed: transmitted through low sanitation, and preventable through more frequent hand washing
  • water-related: transmitted by vectors (normally insects) that live in or around water.

The global water map (pictured below) shows just how many of us still lack access to sufficient and safe drinking water. The data behind this map comes from the Joint Monitoring Program agreed between the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.  They chose a 1990 baseline for their measurements, and have improved data quality by switching from Government reported figures (frequently spun) to independent surveys.

UN Access to Clean Water, 2004

The map show’s how East Africa is comes in the lowest percentage group for access to clean water – and demonstrates how important projects such as our Carbon For Water programme in Kenya are in provided much needed finance and innovative approaches to improving supply.

Although water is “one of the most pervasive things to influence the eradication of poverty”, it only appears explicitly in goal number 7 of the Millennium Development Goals: MDG 7, Target 7c  “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation”.  That said, its central place amongst challenges to our future is well recognised, with recent efforts focused on apply a rights based approach leading to the inclusion of access to clean, safe drinking water with the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, with passed the UN General Assembly vote in July 2010.  This is not enough, as Prof Bradley pointed out: as important as talk of ‘rights’ is the responsibility we have for taking care of our global water resources.  Irresponsible water use by some leads to denial of right to clean water for others.

Smart data collection

The second speaker was Dr Rob Hope, Senior Research Fellow, who had some fascinating statistics:

  • there is a $22 trillion gap in financing for clean water up to 2030
  • 40 billion hours of labour per year are lost by women and children in Africa collecting water
  • 443 million school days have been lost to poor water and sanitation in Africa

Despite the challenges, communications technology is providing an interesting and exciting set of opportunities. For example, traditional clean water interventions have often involved the installation of hand-pumps, but evidence suggests that these break far sooner than expected and remain unrepaired. In Kenya 30% of hand-pumps are not working. This represents a huge waste of charitable investment. Cheap mobile telecommunications has “blown the constraints of measurement out of the water” (pun accidental), and Dr Hope suggested that measurement need no longer define what can be set as targets for development projects. He explained his work on a trial project to fit transmitters in hand-pumps in order to monitor their usage and report faults.

The rapid developments in mobile money – with payments made by mobile phone –  that began in 2007 in Kenya with Safaricom’s M-Pesa (with the pilot program funded by the UK Government DfID), also provides an opportunity for payment per litre allowing much more efficient allocation and protection of scarce water resources.

The Carbon For Water programme that ClimateCare is central to, run by Vestergaard Fransen, is an example where telecommunications are helping to transform the long-term sustainability of clean water provision, with every family receiving a life straw being registered for support and follow-up.

Oxford University’s Water Futures Programme includes an MSc and will be hosting the Water Security, Risk and Society conference in April 2012.