Carbon Offset Delivery Programme
Being a web-based mail order company, we aim to dramatically reduce the impact on the environment compared to traditional high street stores and supermarkets, especially when you consider we don’t operate big energy-intensive stores or contribute to the plastic bag problem. However, we realize harmful carbon emissions are produced in delivering products to you, which is partially addressed by working with more fuel-efficient delivery organisations such as Parcel Force. To enable us to offset carbon emissions more completely, Suma Co-operative together with Ethicalsuperstore.com have implemented a carbon offset delivery programme. To support this programme, you can add £1 to your order and we will contribute this amount to Climate Care towards offsetting the carbon emissions related to the delivery of this product to you.
When you buy a carbon offset, your money is used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on your behalf. The emissions are reduced through projects that prevent the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, or absorb it through reforestation.
Well designed ‘carbon offset’ projects not only make savings in carbon dioxide but can also have wider benefits to the local communities and local environment. Climate Care funds projects in:
Climate Care work with project partners to develop and run them, and they are monitored and verified by a third party.
Green power cooks tastier school dinners, India
|Climate Care are funding a project to introduce school stoves that run off a new renewable fuel source, replacing stoves that use fossil fuel LPG. Crop waste is being used to make biomass briquettes for the stoves, providing an extra income to farmers. For the schools this is good news because the new renewable fuel is cheaper. The stove has also proved popular with pupils, who prefer the taste of the food! |
This project is expected to save 11,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Cleaner climate and healthier homes, Honduras
|Climate Care is working in Honduras to make fuel efficient cooking stoves available in some of the poorest communities. This supports conservation by reducing the wood needed for cooking. It also benefits the householders by removing smoke from the kitchen and dramatically cutting the health risk from wood smoke. |
Each stove reduces carbon dioxide emissions by around 1.5 tonnes per year, compared to an open wood fire. The project is expected to save 7,000 tonnes of CO2.
Helping climate and primate, Uganda
|Climate Care are funding part of a forest restoration programme in the Kibale National Park in Uganda. The project aims to re-create a rainforest canopy by planting and managing 30 species of local trees. The area is an important wildlife habitat – with one of the highest number of primate species in the world - and the project provides employment for local communities.|
Each hectare of rainforest that is restored is expected to absorb 400 tonnes of CO2.
For more details about Climate Care’s approach to carbon offsetting, or further information on projects, visit www.climatecare.org.
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