ClimateCare, a company that mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world, has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to poverty alleviation and tackling climate change with the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company: a Queen’s Award for Enterprise [more on the awards here]. The Award was presented by the Queen’s representative in Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE, at a ceremony attended by a select group of sustainability professionals.
From its base in Oxford and project office in Nairobi, ClimateCare works with major global partners in business, NGOs and international governments to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as indoor air pollution, climate change and safe water provision, whilst delivering positive health and economic outcomes for communities in the developing world.
ClimateCare’s CEO, Edward Hanrahan, took the opportunity of the award ceremony to gather a select group of leading sustainability practitioners for a private roundtable, to openly share best practice and to discuss how an integrated Climate and Development approach could become more mainstream.
“Today has been an opportunity to thank our staff and our partners and to recognise their contribution in helping ClimateCare achieve this prestigious award. We are delighted that our work with leading public and private sector organisations, many of whom are represented here today, has already led to improvements in life for more than 6 million people and cut over 16.5 million tonnes of carbon – but, of course, there is much more to do,” said Hanrahan.
Zelda Bentham, is Head of Environment and Climate Change at insurance company Aviva. “Aviva works with ClimateCare to make a measurable difference to people’s lives, and at the same time take responsibility for its operational emissions”, said Bentham. “We’ve used the LBG methodology to confirm that over the last three years our ClimateCare programme has improved the lives of 395,000 people through cookstove and safe water projects, and cut over 250,000 tonnes of CO2.”
Another organisation represented was BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013, Jaguar Land Rover, also a 2014 Queen’s Award winner. As a first step towards its target to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020, Jaguar Land Rover works with ClimateCare to support the entire Busia area of the LifeStraw project, helping to provide safe water to 700,000 people and at the same time cutting enough carbon to offset its UK manufacturing emissions for an entire year. – Anna Simpson
Photo credit: ClimateCare