Sustainability

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As a certified B Corp we measure and regularly review our social and environmental performance, looking at the impact it has on our company and our wider community. We are a near virtual organisation, and we have many long standing relationships with our suppliers, a number of whom are local to the one office that we have. We keep our travel to a minimum wherever possible, and the carbon emissions that are produced from our travel are offset regularly through Climatecare.

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Oxford work with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare to offset carbon emissions from our air and road travel. ClimateCare ensure the projects selected not only cut carbon, but alleviate poverty and improve lives. Find out more at www.climatecare.org.

Our air and road travel generates CO2, contributing to climate change, one of the biggest global challenges we face. Working with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare we are supporting projects that cut global carbon emissions and improve people’s lives.

In 2019 we offset 165 tonnes of CO2 with £1,235 going towards ClimateCare’s mixed portfolio of carbon offset schemes, which include providing safe drinking water in Kenya and clean stoves in Ghana.

CookClean: Efficient cookstoves in Ghana

This project is creating a market for locally produced efficient cookstoves which cut emissions, reduce exposure to toxic fumes and decrease fuel bills.

The project provides skilled employment for 350 manufacturers and extra income for over 500 retailers. As well as cutting more that 2 million tonnes of CO2, this project has saved 4.1 million people more than $75million on their fuel bills so far.

Oxford works with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare to support this project and others in the Climate+Care Portfolio.

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CookClean Ghana is scaling up the production of its new and improved stove, the CookMate. This efficient, affordable stove cooks food more quickly and creates fewer smoky fumes than conventional stoves, reducing families’ exposure to indoor air pollution, a major cause of premature death in developing countries.

Using a CookMate stove allows families to save up to 50% on wood and charcoal fuel bills, lowering the pressure on Ghana’s rapidly deteriorating forests.

The stoves are manufactured locally, supporting the local economy and creating jobs. The project is expected to benefit 300,000 families in Ghana by 2020, reducing around 130,000 of CO2 per annum.

  • Provides a livelihood and training for the predominantly female distribution network
  • Innovative ‘pot skirt’ design speeds up cooking and increases fuel efficiency
  • Stoves are produced locally in Cookclean’s factory in Accra

“When it’s raining you can use it in your room. It keeps your room clean by not spreading ashes.”

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“Every month I use to sell about 2500-2700 liners. Which means we manufacture about 2700 stoves in a month. Our children are now in university through this work.”

Mr Ebrahim ‘Lucky’ Dowda, Gyapa Distributor

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Lifestraw water filters - providing safe water in Kenya

The award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project provides simple, gravity fed water filters for families in Kenya.

It not only provides safe drinking water to 4 million people, it cuts carbon emissions by removing the need to boil water in order to make it safe to drink.

Oxford work with Climate and Development Experts ClimateCare to support this and other projects in the Climate+Care Portfolio.

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This project brings safe drinking water to more than 4.5m people in Western Kenya, while cutting 2.4m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

It is one of the largest climate and safe water projects globally. Some 877,505 families use LifeStraw Family water filters to purify water in their home, rather than boiling water for drinking over open fires.

“Nowadays, I am healthy and I carry LifeStraw water wherever I go, so my life has improved healthwise. Stomach complains for me and my family is a long gone history.”

Diana Busuru, Bosio Village

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The gravity-driven filters require no electricity or consumables. In particular, the project leveraged carbon finance to employ 4,000 health trainers, who helped with distribution, education and monitoring.

It was one of nine ‘lighthouse’ projects selected by the United Nations in 2012 as best practice examples of climate action.

“LifeStraw has helped me to access safe water and avoid waterborne illnesses. The children are healthy and they have been taught about its importance. Also by improving health, there is a notable decrease in hospital expenses.”

James Ndmbi, Namalenge Village

We encourage colleagues, customers and suppliers to take action too. If you would like help with this, please contact business@climatecare.org to discuss your requirements.