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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 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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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


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ClimateCare secures extremely rare carbon credits that are a perfect fit for Yacht Carbon Offset

Yacht Carbon Offset is delighted that experts at ClimateCare have helped them secure exclusive pre CDM Verified Emission Reduction (VER) credits from a renewable wind power project in the remote Galapagos Islands. One of the world’s most famous habitats and notoriously vulnerable, the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal has been impacted by fuel spills. This project helps to cuts the island’s diesel dependence, reducing the number of fuel deliveries and the risk of spills. This not only protects the environment and wildlife, but in turn safeguards income from tourism. In addition, the switch to a renewable energy source both cuts carbon emissions and supports the local economy by reducing energy costs.

 “Whilst we are best known for our broad range of highest quality energy efficiency and poverty alleviation projects – both CDM and VER – in sub Saharan Africa and the world’s Least Developed Countries, this is just one example of the extraordinary breadth of projects we have access to and our ability to source resonant project and credit opportunities for clients on a global basis” explains ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan.

“ClimateCare operates globally, in both voluntary and compliance markets, with experience built over more than fifteen years. Clients tell us that they value our understanding of the market and our rigorous assessment of project risk. However, it is often our ability to align their sourcing requirements with the best possible project that sets us apart.”

Yacht Carbon Offset’s Managing Director Mark Robinson commented: “Our clients are particularly excited by projects with strong benefits for marine or island ecosystems, so we are delighted to have procured carbon credits from the Galapagos project.  It is one thing to be aware of the existence of the project itself, but quite another to be able to source credits efficiently and on acceptable commercial terms.  We appreciate the professionalism, market access and expertise of the ClimateCare team, since it is vital for us to rely on approved wholesale suppliers with excellent credentials to maintain our own service quality. Thanks to the team for a job well done.”

This project has replaced diesel generators with three wind turbines on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. The world famous islands are a flagship for biodiversity and famous for their endemic species, studied by Charles Darwin. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Area, 85% of the island is part of the Galapagos National Park. Years of concern about the risk of fuel spills to its fragile ecosystem culminated in 2001, when the oil tanker “Jessica” ran aground in the harbour of San Cristobal, releasing significant amounts of oil. This devastating incident triggered an international initiative to reduce the areas dependence on diesel fuel and the provision of carbon finance helped enable this.

The Galapagos San Cristobal Wind Project, the first wind project in Ecuador, has been implemented by the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership in close collaboration with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Energy and Mines, Elecgalapagos S.A. (the local electricity utility), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This project is so important because it not only cuts carbon emissions, but significantly lowers the risk of further oil spills by reducing the frequency of fuel deliveries to the island, protecting the environment and safeguarding much needed income from tourism. The ultimate goal of Ecuador and UNDP is to make the Galapagos Islands 100% free of petroleum imports by the year 2015.

Critically, for such a remote island, the opportunity to reduce dependence on shipped fuel also has economic benefits. During its first year, the project delivered 31% of the island’s annual electricity demand, with equivalent to 2,034 tonnes of CO2 avoided.

On the ground, the team made every effort to minimise the environmental impact of the project. For example they worked to protect endangered bird species, such as the Galapagos Petrel, by placing power cables underground, controlling invasive species and predators and conducting long-term monitoring of the bird’s well-being.

ClimateCare offers clients access to a wide range of VER and CER credits. To discuss your requirements contact the team on +44 (0) 1865 591000.

 

 

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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