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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

 

 

Press enquiries

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

 

ClimateCare News Update – March 2013

Whilst we often focus on the positive human impacts of our work, last week Climate Week brought carbon reduction back to the fore.

We announced a new cookstove project in Ghana, expected to reduce 1 million tonnes of CO2e and the first project in a Programme of Activities in Sub Saharan Africa.

We were also delighted that our work structuring finance for the Carbon for Water project was acknowledged at the Sustain’ Magazine Awards, where we were finalists for International Project of the Year. This project is reducing 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 every year.

Recently attention has been drawn to Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and in particular Black Carbon, or soot, which is increasingly recognised as a key contributor to climate change. Black carbon remains in the atmosphere for a shorter period than many greenhouse gases 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 – a recent report estimated that stamping out SLCPs could cut the rate of climate change by half, for several decades. Recognising the major role that our projects have in reducing black carbon, we also formalised our support for UNEP’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which seeks to tackle this form of pollution.

New videos explain integrated approach

Our clients consistently tell us they value the quality of our projects and our integrated approach to helping them meet their environmental and social responsibilities.

Amongst others, Aviva and Willmott Dixon have recently announced their choice of ClimateCare as a Climate and Development partner, helping them offset emissions with projects that improve lives as well as cutting carbon.

This week we launched a series of project videos on YouTube, which help explain how our integrated Climate and Development approach works on the ground, do please link to and share these.

If you have already offset your emissions with any of these projects, then you might like to embed a video in your own website or intranet, to showcase the work you are supporting.

To support these, or similar projects, contact us today by emailing business@climatecare.org

Our vision for the future

For 15 years, we have worked with organisations who, having taken steps to reduce carbon emissions, want to address their residual footprint, by funding external emission reduction projects. In this way, we have successfully helped the private sector fund more than 50 development projects, distributing safe water to nearly 6 million people and clean cookstoves to more than 750,000 families.

As the world moves on, our clients are looking to fund projects which address both their environmental impacts (usually water and carbon) and pro-actively improve the communities in which they work. For most this is not just philanthropy, it is pragmatic future planning that calls for clear, measurable outcomes and defined business benefits.

Invited by one of our clients, BUPA, our Director Edward Hanrahan recently wrote in Guardian Sustainable Business about how forward thinking businesses now consider climate and social impacts part of their core corporate strategy. He also explained how it is possible to improve health and tackle Climate Change, citing the Carbon for Water project’s rigorous health monitoring as a gateway to potential payments for a project’s development as well as carbon outcomes.

Another area of increasing interest is our public / private sector partnership approach, which helps us scale up projects for our corporate clients, reduce risk and develop positive brand alignments.

Our role in bringing together unique partnerships between business, NGOs and Governments is increasingly recognised and this week, a BIG Lottery report looking at how funders might work more closely with the private sector to increase international impact, acknowledged ClimateCare’s essential role as a partnership broker and implementer.

Making the most of World Water Day on 22 March

The United Nations proclaimed 2013 the year of International Year of Water Cooperation, to raise awareness of the fact that nearly 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.

World Water day on 22 March, is a great opportunity to showcase your support of water provision projects like Carbon for Water and AquaClara to your staff and customers.

Contact us on +44 (0)1865 591000, if we can help with your communications on this theme.

bottle_www_ground_r1And, what better day on which to launch a new campaign WHOLE WORLD Water?  ClimateCare is a partner in this campaign, designed to unite the Hospitality and Tourism Industry on a non-competitive platform to eradicate the issue of access to safe water.

Businesses that join the campaign commit to filter and sell water on site, giving 10% of revenue generated to the WHOLE WORLD Water fund, managed by ClimateCare. Watch and share this video from Richard Branson who has already committed his support.

The model is unique in uniting a whole sector to address a global issue. We encourage everyone to support the launch by sharing announcements through social media. Going forward we can all help the campaign by encouraging hotels and venues we visit to provide WHOLE WORLD Water.

Businesses can sign up to the campaign here, or contact us for more information on +44 (0)1865 591000. 

 

Aviva selects ClimateCare

aviva_colLeading global insurers Aviva have chosen to work with ClimateCare in order to help them maintain their CSR leadership. Already ahead of the field – they were the first global insurer to offset emissions back in 2006 – key to their decision was the ability to work with a partner who could help them deliver an integrated CSR approach and push the boundaries, not just manage an offset programme in isolation.

Our team of experts will help them continue innovate and use their budget in the smartest way to deliver maximum benefits for people and the environment.

ClimateCare celebrates world’s largest ever issuance of Gold Standard carbon credits for cookstoves

The successful creation this week of 250,000 Gold Standard (GS) carbon credits from cookstoves is a landmark in the use of carbon finance to support very large scale efforts to tackle emissions, poverty, ill health and environmental damage. 

Oxford, UK and Nairobi, Kenya (7 February, 2012):  ClimateCare has worked with its on the-ground-partner, Enterprise Works, to develop and provide funding for the Gyapa  efficient cookstove project in Ghana that has so far reduced a quarter of a million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (demonstrated by this issuance of verified tonnes under the GS), helping to save over 200,000 tonnes worth of fuelwood so easing pressure on deforestation, whilst cutting drastically the dangerous indoor air pollution in homes that cause such deadly health impacts for mothers and children, and also stimulating local job creation.

“We are delighted that our Ghana cookstoves project has been so successful, demonstrated by achieving Gold Standard accreditation at such a significant scale – ClimateCare helped open up carbon funding to cookstoves and we believe this is just the start of what we can achieve in tackling climate change and poverty together through intelligent carbon and development  finance.” said ClimateCare’s Director Edward Hanrahan.

This issuance marks a key point in the development of the project:  funding provided to support increased production of the stove, improved quality control, a national advertising campaign and better distribution has born fruit with growth of sales from around 10,000 stoves in 2008 to over 75,000 in 2011.  The emissions reductions from the stoves have been measured and verified through the Gold Standard accreditors, who are backed by WWF and recognised as one of the highest quality standards in the carbon market.

“The issuance of these Gyapa Cookstove credits shows that the project has already gone through the Gold Standard’s rigorous certification process – the most robust and ethical in the carbon market. Gyapa is a great example of a project in which community benefits are actively designed into an activity at the outset, and subject to monitoring, reporting and verification, something that The Gold Standard uniquely insists upon,” said Adrian Rimmer, Gold Standard Foundation CEO.

The story began with the methodology for measuring and verifying emissions reduction from cookstoves written by ClimateCare – ‘Improved Cookstoves and Kitchen Regimes’ – published in 2008 by Gold Standard as the blueprint giving the opportunity for any eligible cookstove programme to access carbon finance.  ClimateCare then applied this to a cookstove project in Uganda, achieving the first cookstove GS credits in the world, issued in 2010.  With issuance from the Ghana project, ClimateCare has now helped deliver the world’s largest single block of verified emission reductions from cookstoves.

Sale of the Gold Standard credits from the Ghana stoves is exclusively through ClimateCare, and those companies and individuals purchasing them are ultimately providing the crucial revenue for the project. (See below for more details).

Focus on the importance of clean cookstoves is growing.  “Could the humble cooking stove be the next big idea to save millions of lives in poor countries” asked The Economist ( September 2011).  The United Nation Foundation has launched a global campaign – Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – aimed at getting ‘100 million homes to adopt clean cookstoves by 2020’ through developing sustainable local markets.  The key metric is the amount of time stoves are used for, rather than the number produced, and the Ghana project alone is projected to deliver over 1,000,000 ‘operational stove years’ by 2014.

Pneumonia is the biggest killer of children in the world, with indoor pollution from smoky open fires and poor quality stoves being a leading cause – switching to an efficient cookstove is the single most effective way to reduce the health risk to mothers and children from this horrible disease.  This milestone in the Ghana project shows the significant scale at which intelligent carbon finance can help to combat leading global health challenges.

ClimateCare has recently adapted the GS methodology to water filters – which can replace boiling of water to purify it and so cut fuel wood use – to help transform the scale of clean water provision. Building on the success of the Gyapa project, in transitioning cookstoves from small scale to large scale projects, in 2011 ClimateCare was instrumental in the ‘Carbon For Water’ programme, both one of the world’s largest clean water interventions (providing over 3.5 million Kenyans with microbially pure water) and one of the largest emissions reduction projects (2million tonnes CO2e reduced per year).

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Carbon markets fight pneumonia

This Saturday (12th Nov) is World Pneumonia Day, designed to focus the world’s attention on the disease that kills more under fives than any other  – 1.5 million children every year – and the simple measures to prevent it.

What many don’t realise is that help is coming from a rather surprising place: investments to cut climate change pollution.

In the past decade a global ‘carbon market’ has evolved, part of which involves businesses and governments investing in projects that reduce carbon emissions, the key cause of climate change.  These projects include the familiar wind turbines and hydroelectric power, but also other technologies, such as efficient cookstoves.

Now the latter are crucial: nearly half of the world’s population still cook their meals on open fires or basic stoves and the smoke that fills the home blackens the lungs of mothers and children.  For years development groups have been trying to promote the use of efficient cookstoves, which bring a whole treasure-chest of benefits:  by burning more efficiently they produce less smoke and use less firewood; saving money, time and in many cases deforestation.

But one of their greatest benefits is, quite simply, saving lives.  By cutting down indoor smoke pollution, these stoves help drastically cut instances of pneumonia, saving children’s lives:  according to the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia (GAPP), the humble efficient cookstove is a major weapon in the fight against this horrible disease.  In fact, of the four interventions studied by the GAPP  the cookstove has the single highest impact in reducing a child’s risk of contracting the disease, by a whopping 50%. (See infographic) [1]

So, it is quite exciting that investments in clean cookstove projects funded by the carbon market are helping to upscale this technology, supporting local businesses and distributors and getting stoves into the hands of millions more families – and because of the nature of the funding making sure that they are high quality, well designed and actually get used.

ClimateCare has been using carbon money to fund improved stoves since 2004, and has been leading the use of carbon finance to support this technology ever since, including developing the Gold Standard stoves methodology and registering the world’s first Gold Standard stoves project in Uganda in 2007.  We’ve helped to fund over 1.6 million stoves over the past decade, benefiting over 7 million people.

But this is just the beginning.  The UN recently launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, aiming to get ‘100 by 20’: 100 million families with a cookstove by 2020.  This is certainly possible – ClimateCare sees huge possibilities, particularly in sub-saharan Africa where our project office is based.

So, if you have bought a product that is carbon neutral, or chosen to ‘offset’ a flight, there is a chance (if it was done through ClimateCare or one of the other quality carbon reduction companies such members of the ICROA alliance) that you will have helped fight childhood pneumonia without even knowing it.

And if you want to take responsibility for your carbon footprint, our offsets let you do so whilst also tackling some of the world’s biggest health problems.

Tackling environmental problems and improving health go hand in hand – and the efficient cookstove’s role in preventing pneumonia is one of the most exciting examples yet.

Notes:
[1] The other interventions are vaccination (49% reduction), exclusive breastfeeding for first six months (15-23% reduction).

Smoky cookstoves bigger killer than malaria, US study finds

One in every two of us on the planet cooks our dinner on open fires or primitive stoves – that’s 3 billion people. The result is kitchens filled with smoke that blackens lungs as well as the walls, causing pneumonia and chronic lung disease. The worst affected are women and children.

ClimateCare has frequently told this story, of just how significant a problem is indoor air pollution, and a recent study by the US National Institute of health (NIH) has provided a new estimation of the impact. Published in the journal Science it found that indoor air pollution kills almost 2 million people per year – that’s than malaria.

“Many people in developed countries don’t realise that smoke from indoor cooking file is a terrible scourge on the health of a large number of people,” said co-author Francis Collins, director of the NIH.

The authors noted that: programs to promote efficient stoves are already underway; that they are most successful when they help create/support a market for affordable stoves rather than giving them away; and that it is crucial to involve stove users – invariably women – in the design in order to make them appropriate for their culture and cuisine and ensure enthusiastic uptake.

ClimateCare has been funding and developing efficient stoves projects in some of the world’s poorest countries for many years. Our world leading experts wrote the first efficient stoves methodology for the Gold Standard back in 2009.

In fact, we are one of the biggest stove funders in the world.  Through our innovative projects we have already helped to deliver:

  • over 1.6 million stoves developing world countries
  • benefitting over 7.5 million people

Beyond ‘voluntary carbon’ ClimateCare is at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative Climate and Development Finance models to deliver projects that both reduce emissions and help deliver the Millennium Development Goals.  This is providing new and additional support to those who need it most in tackling the effects of climate change.

We believe that this is an exciting time for mobilising public and private investment to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues,which efficient stove projects help to do; reducing poverty, ill health and environmental damage. We have developed a number of models which make investment more attractive to the private sector and, with over 14 years’ experience developing projects on the ground in the LDCs, we are uniquely placed to mitigate the risk in project selection and implementation.

Already millions of the world’s poorest have benefited from efficient stove programs supported through carbon finance. That’s on top of the millions of tons of carbon emissions avoided and thousands of hectares of forest protected

It’s good to see this study helping to give this crucial problem and its simple solution wider attention.