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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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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 News Update

We have long advocated that an integrated approach to tackling Climate and Development challenges will benefit business, people and the environment. The main argument is simple – multiple outcome projects deliver better value for money, essential in the current economic climate.

Our Climate and Development approach continues to win support and we were particularly pleased that it was endorsed by Jonathan Porritt last week, who described it as a ‘no brainer’.

Carbon Reporting is on the horizon for many UK businesses and taking demonstrable action on CSR can be a vital licence to operate. We are welcoming many exciting new clients and partners, helping them integrate activities, focus on measurable results and make smarter use of their budgets.

Find out how we can help you take responsibility for your environmental impacts and make measurable improvements to the lives of millions of people across the world. Catch up with the team at one of the events listed in this newsletter, or call us on +44 (0)1865 591000.

 

 

Jonathan Porritt endorses ClimateCare’s approach

Forum for the Future has strengthened its longstanding relationship with us and last week, Jonathan Porritt endorsed our approach underlining that “sound, science-based offsets should be a vital part of our toolkit, and saying;

“We simply cannot achieve the scale and speed of carbon reductions required by curbing our own emissions alone. But by investing in best quality offsets, we can start to make the sweeping cuts needed – while at the same time helping improve people’s quality of life in the here and now. It honestly should be a ‘no brainer’! ClimateCare has a strong record of delivering such ‘positive offsets’, and I’m delighted to be working with them.”

ClimateCare is the provider of choice for Forum for the Future, which offsets its own carbon footprint through our innovative Climate and Development projects.

Find out more, or offset your emissions online at www.climatecare.org

 

 

 

Sustainable Business magazine and edie.net join forces with ClimateCareLeading online environmental publishers edie.net and Sustainable Business magazine have recently partnered with us 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.

“It is important for us to practise 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 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

 

Jaguar Land Rover continues to support innovative projectsSince 2007 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has invested in carbon reduction projects across the globe, as part of its sustainability approach.

Through their support of 50 carbon reduction projects, JLR have not only generated enough renewable electricity to power London for 21 days but, through careful selection of projects, they have also improved the health of more than 1 million people.

Working with ClimateCare, JLR has funded some of the most innovative carbon funded projects in the world. Watch the JLR 50th project video here

Find out more, or offset your emissions online at www.climatecare.org

 

 

Encouraging customers to offset emissionsDid you know that we can help you develop programmes for your customers or suppliers? lastminute.com explain how they work with ClimateCare to help their customers offset flight emissions.

Why did you decide to help your customers offset their flight emissions?
In November 2006, we became one of the first leading travel companies to make offsetting an integral part of buying a flight. We did this by displaying the CO2 emissions of individual flights and the cost to offset them, alongside the ticket price.

Over the last 5.5 years, we’ve invited our customers to offset their emissions and urged others in the industry to follow suit.

We took this step is because we recognised that we cannot escape our responsibility to take action to fight climate change.

As well as making customers aware of the issues, we at lastminute.com have taken steps to reduce our own energy consumption and we offset emissions from staff business trips and office energy use.

How do you engage your customers with offsetting?
Most people know that things they do every day can consume or waste large amounts of energy – like leaving lights switched on or leaving appliances on stand-by.

On our website we explain how just one passenger on a return flight from London to New York generates 1.5 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of boiling a kettle for two months or leaving on a flat-screen TV non-stop for three years, or running the car 24 hours a day for four weeks.  This is one way of helping consumers understand the impacts of travel on our environment.

Showcasing what our customer’s offsetting contributions have actually achieved and how their money has helped reduce CO2 emissions through a range of sustainable energy projects is our way of saying thank you and translating our customer’s contributions into something tangible.

If you’re thinking about working with customers or suppliers to offset their emissions, let us help.  www.climatecare.org

 

 

Project Development UpdateYou may know that our project development arm is situated in Nairobi, Kenya. Development in Africa has always been a focus for ClimateCare and this is increasingly the case. Nairobi is a business and development hub for Sub-Saharan Africa and is also home to the Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme.

ClimateCare now has three projects approaching Registration with the Clean Development Mechanism in Kenya, which when built, will boost Kenya’s electricity generating capacity by 20%.

We are also working with a number of organisations to boost the delivery of household-level interventions – bringing energy access to those who are not on the electricity grid or clean water to those who do not have a safe supply.

But we don’t just work in Africa. We are involved in a wide range of projects across the world. 

As a result, we can offer carbon credits at highly competitive rates, for example from China Wind and Indian Hydro projects. At the other end of the scale, we can offer unique, multiple benefit Gold Standard projects. We can even help if you want the best of both worlds, with highest quality Gold Standard credits from the Aliağa wind project in Turkey available at market-beating prices.

To discuss your particular requirements, please call us today on +44 (0)1865 591000.

 

Project update: Carbon for WaterSafe drinking water
Direct to 4.5 million people.

A World First
The first project to link carbon credits with water provision, at scale.

Improved Health
Studies show a decrease in typhoid and diarrhoea.

Local Jobs
4,000 jobs created – distributing filters, training and monitoring use.

Contact us now on +44 (0)1865 591000 to buy credits from this project.

 

 

Project update: Aliağa WindPrice
Gold Standard VER credits at excellent rates.

Scale and Impact
One of the largest wind projects in Turkey.
Exploiting Turkey’s strong wind supply.
Helping to change the make-up of Turkey’s energy provision.

Improving lives
Supporting the local community by improving water supplies.

Contact us now on +44 (0)1865 591000 to buy credits from this project.

 

ClimateCare – Out and AboutWe will be speaking at, or supporting the following events over the next few months. We look forward to seeing you there.

Impact Investing Conference 04 October

Responsible Procurement and Supplier Engagement Conference 17 October

Co-operatives United  29 Oct – 4 Nov

Corporate Water Risk 30 October

Carbon Forum Asia 31 October

Carbon Expo Australia 7-9 November

Sustainability Leaders Forum 5 December

Finally, look out for the Carbon for Water film, screening at a series of UK film festivals this autumn including:

Wildscreen Festival14- 19 Oct, Bristol

Raindance Film Festival, 26 Sept to 7 Oct, London

 

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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.

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

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Sustainability Leaders Forum

www.sustainabilityleaders.net

 

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ClimateCare Director, Edward Hanrahan, ‘Thinks Big’ in Carbon Trading Magazine

An article in this month’s Carbon Trading Magazine explains how community carbon projects can be developed at scale and deliver multiple benefits, read it here – Thinking Big by Edward Hanrahan.

Carbon Trading Magazine is a subscription only publication. Visit www.carbon-trading.com for more information. Permission has kindly been given to reproduce this two page article.