The landscape is changing. Organisations are increasingly seeking to take responsibility for their emissions. Carbon offsetting is no longer an after-thought, but a standard part of many companies' CSR.
Lufthansa Group work alongside ClimateCare to provide carbon offsetting as a benefit to UK corporate customers participating in PartnerPlusBenefit.
The programme enables customers to use BenefitPoints to support several exciting projects in ClimateCare's high impact, Climate+Care portfolio. These projects tackle carbon emissions at scale and bring further positive outcomes for communities.
The projects are selected by ClimateCare in-line with sustainability targets of both Lufthansa Group's Balance Report, and UK corporate customers.
This initiative has proven highly successful, enabling Lufthansa's UK corporate clients to choose to take responsibility for their business and travel emissions.
Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food with traditional cookstoves or open fires. In Ghana, this is true for more than 80% of the population. These cooking methods are inefficient and the resulting poisonous fumes are directly linked to premature deaths.
The Gyapa cooks food faster, requires 50% less fuel and is less smoky, meaning it not only cuts carbon emissions, but reduces exposure to toxic fumes. Cutting fuel use saves families as much as $100 annually, and protects Ghana’s dwindling forests.
The stoves create jobs for 160 locals. The liners are made by a small group of local ceramicists, and the metal claddings by accredited local manufacturers. The project provides training and distributes the stoves through a wide network of retailers.
In Ghana, 'Gyapa' has now become synonymous with 'efficient cookstove'. Carbon finance has enabled it's growth from the ground up.
Through spending BenefitPoints, your offsets are ensuring the longevity of Gyapa by funding increased production, R&D, and the construction of a new manufacturing facility.
80% of Kenya’s primary household energy comes from burning wood/charcoal. The majority of this is burnt on inefficient cookstoves, leading to indoor air pollution, causing respiratory disease and contributing to global climate change.
Women and young children are the most affected by these diseases, with more than 4,900 children in Kenya dying every year as a result of acute lower respiratory infections caused by the smoke from the burning of wood/charcoal.
The Jikokoa is changing this. Designed for efficiency, it dramatically reduces toxic smoke exposure, saving lives, cutting CO2 emissions and reducing household expenses; using 45% less charcoal. Jikokoa is one of the most efficient stoves in the World.
The stoves are manufactured in a state-of-the-art solar powered factory in Nairobi, which employs over 100 people and offers equal opportunities to women in a traditionally male-dominated industry - over half of Burn's staff are female.
Spending BenefitPoints through the PartnerPlusBenefit offsetting scheme supports Burn in employing low-skilled workers and provides them with training. Additionally, it funds distribution and marketing, which ensures this state-of-the-art stove reaches the widest possible market.
Fewer than half of Kenyans have access to safe drinking water, collecting water from open rivers and streams leading to regular outbreaks of water-borne diseases.
People are encouraged to boil water before drinking, which is usually done by burning unsustainable sources of biomass, therefore reducing forest cover and causing carbon emissions.
ClimateCare is working with Aqua Clara International to bring affordable filters to communities in Kenya, eliminating the need to boil water.
Aqua Clara provides technology for safe drinking water to local communities, trains users to check and maintain filters and educates communities on the importance of washing hands. The filters provide safe water, improving health, saving lives, cutting carbon emissions and protecting local forests.
The carbon finance resulting from the PartnerPlusBenefit offsetting scheme supplements revenues from filter sales helping to meet overheads and administration costs. Funds are also used to aid in the development of the local supply chain, allowing for faster growth and training.
The lowland region of Marajo island is a unique environment, particularly rich in water resources and biodiversity. However, it is under threat from illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture.
ClimateCare works alongside Ecomapua Conservation to protect 86,000 hectares of forestland, eradicating logging by helping the community realise value of the forest.
The project captures 72,338 tonnes of CO2 every year. PartnerPlusBenefit offsets provide funding for a varieties of activities, including education of sustainable farming practices and diversifying income through production of açai, coffee and other fruits.
In addition, these programmes are helping local sustainable businesses to develop, with support available for vegetable gardening, poultry and fish farming.
Less than 20% of the 35 million Bangladeshi households have access to clean cooking.
The majority of the population cook on “three-stone” fires in the home, which, like in many countries around the world, contributes to 49,000 premature deaths a year due to the harmful indoor pollution. Women and children are particularly affected.
The Bondhu Chula project addresses this problem in Bangladesh. Its combustion chamber is designed to use fuels more efficiently - it reduces consumption and takes the harmful pollutants out of the house through its chimney.
The project, which reduces fuel consumption by 50%, also employs 5,000 local micro-entrepreneurs who are trained in stove production and to sell them on a commercial basis.
The PartnerPlusBenefit carbon offsetting programme also supports the subsidisation of stove installation, provides after sales service, and delivers training to local employees.