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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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Climate change and the role of carbon offsetting in pictures

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Take a look at this gallery on the Guardian Sustainable Business website that tells how carbon offsetting schemes are making a revival as businesses recognise the need to reduce CO2 emissions and support communities in the developing world for a sustainable future. This gallery highlights the detrimental effects of climate change and showcases projects which are positive mitigators.”

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/gallery/climate-change-role-carbon-offsetting-pictures

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

 

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

ClimateCare December Update

As we come to the end of another very busy and innovative year, we are delighted to look back and see that our integrated approach to climate and development has been acknowledged through a series of prestigious awards, including those from Guardian Sustainable Business, Environmental Finance and Carbon Trading. More importantly our approach has been endorsed by our clients and partners. Our expertise and innovation continues to be in demand, shaping thinking with Governments, NGOs and International Businesses, as we help to bring these bodies together to work in partnership.

We have expanded our team, strengthening our expertise in many areas, across project development, marketing, PR and strategic development. We are also delighted to have expanded our network of partners and very much look forward to working with you all over the coming year.

However it’s not all good news. This sobering report from the World Bank reminds us why it is so important that we all take full responsibility for our climate impacts and support direct action in projects that not only mitigate climate change, but provide vital adaption outcomes and help alleviate poverty and improve health in the communities that will be most affected. If anyone is in any doubt of just how urgent or important this work is, please do read the above report – setting out the stark consequences of a 4 degree temperature rise.

Against this backdrop of urgency, a lack of clear direction from talks in Doha remind us how difficult it is to bring countries together to achieve the holy grail of ‘International Agreement’. This highlights the importance of taking action over and above what we are ‘forced’ to do by Government and reinforcing the value of our work with forward thinking individuals and organisations, who are taking action now.

If you haven’t quite met your 2012 carbon reduction targets, or you want to take full responsibility for your environmental impacts, remember that you can still cut global carbon emissions and improve people’s lives by offsetting your residual emissions with our climate and development projects.

Please call us now on +44(0)1865 591000 or +254 (0)20 213 3604 to discuss how we can work together.

Edward Hanrahan,
Director

Please note that the ClimateCare offices are closed from 22 December 2012 – 1 January inclusive.

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Carbon for Water cleans up 

Following a multitude of awards this year, including for Social Innovation, Global Health, Environmental Finance and Innovation,  Carbon for Water recently got a thumbs up from The Guardian Newspaper, in an article Straw poll finds in favour of western Kenya’s water and carbon solution.

The project was also acknowledged by the UNFCCC as one of just nine lighthouse projects selected to showcase how climate change activities bring social and environmental benefits in developing countries.

This world first project is providing safe water to 4.5 million people, cutting carbon and changing the way we think about climate and development.

Contact us now on +44(0)1865 591000 for short term price offers and to find out how you can support this and similar projects.

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Partnership is key

ClimateCare Director Edward Hanrahan was recently Business Fights Poverty member of the week, and used the opportunity to highlight the importance of governments, business and NGOs working together to tackle the challenges of poverty, health and climate change. If you missed this article, read it here. 

In addition, the 2 degrees network ran an article about the ClimateCare approach, describing our way of working as a Smart business approach to sustainable developmet and highlighting Carbon for Water as a great example.

We’d love to hear from partners who are interested in working with us – businesses, NGOs and public sector. Email business@climatecare.org, or call us on +44(0)1865 591000.

 Carbon Trading Survey logo

Triple win for ClimateCare

We were delighted that our partners and clients chose to vote us winners of all three categories we were eligible for in the prestigious Carbon Trading Magazine survey. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

See the rest of the rankings in the full Carbon Trading article on our website.

 Sustain_2013_FINALIST Shortlisted for the sustain’ awards

We have also been shortlisted for the sustain’ Magazine Awards. “The sustain’ Magazine Awards 2013 has seen an extremely high-calibre of entrants demonstrating best practice in sustainability. It is an amazing achievement for ClimateCare to be shortlisted in the face of such strong competition.” said Steve Oxley, Editor of Sustain Magazine.

 

Call the ClimateCare team now on
+44 (0)1865 591000, to discuss how
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climate and development projects.

Carbon credit trading schemes and carbon offsets as part of an investment product

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) are receiving an increasing number of reports from people who have been approached by firms promoting carbon credit trading schemes or offering carbon offsets as part of an investment product to individuals.

ClimateCare recommends that any individual that has been approached by a business selling carbon offsets as a personal investment reads the advice on the FSA’s website.

Unauthorised firms

The FSA also keeps a record of firms that are providing investment advice or selling investment products but are not regulated by the FSA. For a list of these firms please visit this page:

 

ClimateCare’s position

ClimateCare provides high quality Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) to help individuals and businesses take responsibility for their carbon emissions by offsetting their carbon footprint. ClimateCare does not recommend VERs should be purchased by unsophisticated Investors as an investment.

You may also wish to read the statement ICROA (International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance) have issued on their website.

 

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

ClimateCare supported project wins Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year

ClimateCare is delighted that the Carbon for Water project has today been recognised through the 2012 Environmental Finance awards, winning Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year. ClimateCare lead authored the methodology for this project, helped to structure the finance and is now providing recurrent financing through the sale of carbon credits. A world first, the Carbon for Water project formally known as the ‘Sustainable Deployment of the LifeStraw Family in rural Kenya’ project – supports provision of safe water through carbon finance and is generating substantial health and socio-economic benefits.

A partnership between carbon market specialists ClimateCare and public health company Vestergaard Frandsen, Carbon for Water is unique in its field. Delivering 4.8 billion litres of safe drinking water annually to 4.5 million people in Western Kenya it also prevents 2.9 million tonnes of CO2 being emitted each year.

“Working with ClimateCare made it possible for us to distribute water filters on a significant scale,” explains project partner Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen. ”Without their support to unlock revenue through carbon finance, we would have been unable to realize such significant emissions reductions or improve the lives of millions of people in Western Kenya.”

Importantly, the Carbon for Water project also generates substantial health and socio-economic benefits, including a lower incidence of waterborne disease, a better quality of life for women and children and employment among local communities.

“The project shows that, despite low carbon prices, carbon finance can be applied to deliver real sustainable development objectives at scale,” said Mark Nicholls, editor of Environmental Finance magazine. “Furthermore, the project developers are laying the foundations for new sources of revenue for climate change projects – using monitoring, reporting and verification techniques from the carbon markets to demonstrate projects’ health and societal co-benefits.”

“ClimateCare pioneered the use of carbon finance to support safe water projects and we are delighted that the impact of this has been recognised, paving the way to sustainable finance for similar projects.” said ClimateCare director, Edward Hanrahan. “ClimateCare specialises in ‘Climate and Development’ projects, those that tackle climate change and improve lives for people in the world’s poorest communities. The Carbon for Water project places as much emphasis on monitoring health outcomes as verifying emissions reductions and serves as a blueprint for our future projects, which will derive income from both market-based emission reductions and results-based health outcomes.”

Today’s award complements a host of recent wins for the Carbon for Water project, including Best Social Investment Strategy and the Global Business Coalition Health award. This independent endorsement of the project’s achievements, across a broad spectrum of categories, is not only driving demand for carbon credits from businesses wishing to offset their own carbon footprint, it is also spurring international interest from Governments, NGOs and businesses interested in partnering with ClimateCare to create new Climate and Development projects.

The project is featured in the July-August awards issue of Environmental Finance magazine, and on www.environmental-finance.com

To find out about Carbon for Water or other Climate and Development projects, contact the ClimateCare team on +44 (0) 1865 591000.

ClimateCare helps drive renewable energy provision in Turkey

Businesses that choose to offset their carbon emissions by purchasing Gold Standard Voluntary Emissions Reduction (VER) credits, such as the 289,000 issued today by the Aliağa Wind Farm project, are changing the make-up of Turkey’s energy provision. Through carbon finance, ClimateCare is helping make it commercially viable for developers to exploit Turkey’s strong wind supply to generate renewable power and move the country away from an historical reliance on fossil fuels.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, Turkey’s electricity consumption is increasing by an average of 8-9% every year. So far, this demand has largely been met through coal power and large hydro projects, often backed by state investment.  This is despite the fact that Turkey has limited fossil fuel reserves and one of the best wind supplies in Europe (European Parliament’s wind index).

“To date, the relatively low and unstable electricity prices offered by the Government have made investment in wind farms challenging,” explains ClimateCare director, Edward Hanrahan. “However, by working with the project developers and taking them through the process of Registration and Issuance of carbon credits from the Gold Standard, ClimateCare has helped renewable energy projects in Turkey gain commercial viability through carbon finance”.

ClimateCare was a pioneer in bringing carbon finance to renewable energy projects in Turkey. As a result, investment in wind energy has become more attractive and wind capacity in Turkey is growing – rising from 0% in 2006, when Bilgin Enerji  the developer of Aliağa built the country’s first private wind farm, to 3.5% of the total electricity generating capacity of the country, today.

“The voluntary carbon market has had a significant role in making the wind sector an attractive one for investors” says Tolga Bilgin, Owner of Bilgin Enerji and Chairman of RESSIAD1, the Turkish Renewable Energy Association, “ClimateCare was one of the first to see this potential and we are pleased they have been an early supporter of wind projects in Turkey”.

Today sees the Issuance of Gold Standard VER credits from the second Bilgin owned wind farm project, supported by ClimateCare. The Aliağa wind farm is one of the largest in Turkey, with 36 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 90MW. It generates approximately 300,000 MWh of clean, renewable energy each year and is already having an impact, saving 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in its first 21 months of operation. In addition, the project is supporting the local community by improving water supplies to the neighbouring village and donating computers and furniture to the local school and rehabilitation centre. The Gold Standard credits issued will be of interest to businesses who want to offset their carbon emissions at a commercial rate and demonstrate their support for a project that is helping make an immediate and measurable diversion from fossil fuel to clean, renewable energy.

Those interested in purchasing credits should contact the ClimateCare team on +44 (0) 1865 591000


1 Rüzgar Enerjisi ve Su Santralları İşadamları Derneği – The Wind and Hydro Power Plants Business Association