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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.

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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.

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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.