As part of our Greener Future Programme, we are offsetting our carbon emissions by partnering with climate and development experts, ClimateCare. This means that whenever you travel with us, you’ll be travelling carbon neutral and improving the health and well-being of global communities.
The projects we’re supporting include:
BURN Stoves in Kenya
In Kenya and around the world, many people still cook using open fires or inefficient stoves that produce harmful indoor pollution, causing up to 3.8 million premature deaths each year. BURN Manufacturing aims to tackle this: they are revolutionising the cookstoves market with their specially engineered ‘Jikokoa’ stove, which uses 45% less charcoal than conventional cooking techniques. These stoves save families as much as $300 a year in fuel costs, while reducing cooking time by up to 50%. Furthermore, BURN Manufacturing provides skilled jobs for more than 200 local people – 60% whom are women – including in the solar-powered Nairobi factory where the stoves are made.
Borehole Rehabilitation in Uganda
Limited access to safe drinking water remains a daily struggle for many people in Uganda. The construction of a borehole can be life-changing for communities, but many across the country have fallen into disrepair. This project was established to fix old boreholes that had fallen into disrepair and develop new, ensuring they continue to operate by providing ongoing maintenance through training and employing local engineers. Carbon finance also supports WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) training, providing important lessons for decreasing the risk of contracting water borne disease, such as washing hands and vegetables in safe water and keeping clean and dirty water separate.
The Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone
In 2011, this project established the Gola Rainforest National Park, working with communities and other key stakeholders to ensure that the 70,000-hectare park and its buffer zone are better protected, and threats of encroachment are minimised. The long-term plan is enabling stakeholders (government, communities and national NGOs) to manage this entire landscape sustainably, not only to benefit local communities directly, but also wildlife such as the critically endangered Western Chimpanzee.
Wind power in India
Over the next quarter of a century, India is set to make the largest contribution of any country to increased global energy demand. A large proportion of this demand will be met by fossil-fuels, which will in turn increase India’s contribution to climate change. This project is powering India’s green energy future, bringing carbon finance to 118 turbines across Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. With a total power capacity of 159.1MW these turbines are displacing around 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from the Indian Electricity Grid annually.