Newsletter 2/2014

Berlin/Bonn August 2014

Dear readers,

The results of a current survey by the online travel service Opodo on travel behaviour of its European customers and followers in social networks indicate increasing environmental awareness. 70% of customers are ready to pay more for environmentally friendly services when on vacation.

In the newsletter, you can also read about the climate engagement of actress Lisa Martinek and a new partner of atmosfair, the GreenLine Hotels. In Rwanda, we have asked 120 customer households about their new stoves – read here how we were able to sell the 60,000th subsidised stove in 2013 in our projects in India, Cameroon, Lesotho, Nigeria, and Rwanda thanks to your support. There is more on this in our annual report on page 12. 

On our own account: we are looking for an employee in sales and business development (full-time). The application deadline is on September 10, 2014.

Thank you very much for your support,

Your Dietrich Brockhagen

Managing Director of atmosfair


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Increasing environmental awareness when travelling

Opodo customer survey investigates Europeans' travel behaviour

Opodo survey

Opodo survey

Berlin, August 2014:

According to a current survey of Opodo customers from Germany, the UK, France, and Italy, sustainable travel is a familiar term to 98 percent of the surveyed Europeans. For two-thirds of the participants, this means showing consideration for nature and foreign cultures.

A clear conscience is even worth a premium to Europeans: 70 percent are prepared to pay more for environmentally friendly services when on holiday. The Germans are the most generous in this regard at 76 percent. The UK and France share second place at 66 percent. The Italians rank last with 47 percent.

In choosing means of transportation, however, the Europeans are once again in agreement: 86 percent stated that they also use local or public transportation when on holiday and get around on foot or by bicycle. According to those surveyed, besides the environmental friendliness, it is exciting to get to know a country’s way of life and culture in this way.

With regard to environmentally friendly mobility in everyday life, the Germans are in the lead: 21 percent prefer to walk, cycle, or take public transportation. For Italians, just 5 percent prefer this.

You can find the complete article here  (in German).

New design study on the worldwide emissions trading system for air traffic

The Öko-Institut and CE Delft are setting the environmental bar as high as atmosfair



Berlin, July 2014: On behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, the Öko-Institut in Berlin and CE Delft have carried out a study that examines possible arrangements of a future worldwide air traffic emissions trading system from a climate protection point of view.

An important chapter in the study discusses which types of CO2 reductions in other sectors should be able to be counted for airlines for their CO2 emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) decision from 2013 underlies this. This decision states that a worldwide system should be introduced that holds the net CO2 emissions in aviation constant after 2020 even if the CO2 emissions in aviation rise further after 2020 as predicted. According to the ICAO decision, the rise above the CO2 level of 2020 and beyond should be possible through offsetting programs, projects, or other market-based mechanisms that should be decided by 2016.

The Öko-Institut’s study comes to the conclusion that CO2 reductions by airlines should only be achieved in projects that at least meet the environmental standards of the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism of the UN).  This is especially true for the criterion of additionality, which rules that only projects that would not be run without the support of the CO2 certificates are admissible. With this, the Öko-Institut comes to the same conclusion as atmosfair. Since the beginning of atmosfair in 2004, atmosfair’s CO2 offsetting projects have been CDM projects because with CDM, this type of criteria is monitored in the most stringent way.

Further, the Öko-Institut’s study tests whether a central organisation or the airlines should be liable, whether the CO2 reduction goals should be used as an average value for the industry or should be applied to each individual airline, and how exceptions for the most economically weak countries in the world can be integrated into such a system.

The full study can be found here for free on the website of the Federal Environment Agency: 

Lisa Martinek in an atmosfair interview

No opportunity for hecticness

Lisa Martinek

Lisa Martinek

Berlin, August 2014:

The actress Lisa Martinek often travels for business and commutes between Berlin and Munich, often with the whole family. In doing so, it’s especially important to her to integrate travel into everyday life in a relaxed way. In an atmosfair interview, she speaks about her travel behaviour and her involvement in climate protection. You can read the complete interview in the atmosfair annual report on page 29.

New partner: GreenLine conference hotels



Berlin, August 2014: The new conference catalogue of the GreenLine Hotels has been released, and besides the country hotels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands it also includes climate-friendly conference hotels. The newly introduced Green Sign provides customers with a better overview of how sustainably the individual member hotels operate. For this, Heilbronn University audits the areas of environment, purchasing, transport, quality management, and corporate social responsibility.
In addition, two GreenLine Hotels – the Park Hotel Schloss Rattey in Mecklenburg Vorpommern and the Schlosshotel Blankenburg in the Harz mountains – already work together with atmosfair and allow their conference customers the chance to calculate and offset the CO2 emissions that are created by their event.

Read more

120 household in Rwanda surveyed

Firewood-efficient stoves


Employee of Safer Rwanda at a household survey. Standing in the background at left Toyin Oshaniwa (atmosfair Nigeria) and right Allan Mubiru (atmosfair Rwanda)

Rwanda, August 2014: At the beginning of the month, atmosfair successfully ended a survey of customer households in Rwanda. A total of more than 120 households were visited. The results are now being compiled in a report (monitoring report). The external review of these results and the CO2 reduction by an independent auditing team from the UN is expected to take place at the end of August/beginning of September.
For almost a year now, Allan Mubiru has been responsible for our project with efficient stoves for firewood reduction as the atmosfair country manager in Rwanda. In the last month, the first survey took place in order to measure the families’ satisfaction with using the stoves. From the results, the CO2 reductions achieved up until now will be calculated. Our project partners, the non-profit NGOs SaferRwanda and Rwanda Women’s Network, were trained in advance by Allan in order to conduct the necessary household surveys and efficiency tests. For this, the employees were made aware of potential particularities and difficulties. Toyin Oshaniwa, atmosfair country manager in Nigeria, also travelled especially to Rwanda in order to gain an overview of the survey and to prepare his own for Nigeria, for which for the first time under his supervision, 250 households will be visited. The tense and difficult security situation in the north of the country at the moment, which we reported on in the last newsletter, will make this task significantly more difficult. We are happy that our project partners and atmosfair employees are working together across national and project borders in order to exchange experiences and knowledge. A successful South-South cooperation.

60,000 efficient stoves in atmosfair projects

stoves Rwanda

stoves Rwanda

Rwanda, August 2014:

In 2013, the 60,000th efficient stove in all of our projects in India, Cameroon, Lesotho, Nigeria and Rwanda together was sold to a private household at a subsidised price. Assuming that an average household consists of five people, this means that around 300,000 people benefit from the energy-efficient technology. A substantial share of this success belongs to our eight partner organisations that are responsible for the project implementation onsite. Besides our existing cooperations in the individual countries, we were able to gain new project partners, such as UNHCR in Rwanda, for example. In 2013, a total of 50 full-time employees worked in Germany, India, Cameroon, Lesotho, Nigeria, and Rwanda to sell stoves at subsidised prices within the projects and to calculate and document the CO2 reductions. 

You can read more about it in the atmosfair Annual Report, p. 12. (Download 7,3 MB - in German)

By the end of 2015, another 50,000 efficient stoves are estimated to be delivered or given out in atmosfair’s existing projects. In collaboration with the project partners in the individual countries, atmosfair is making an important contribution to reaching the goals of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). The overarching goal is that efficient stoves will be used in 100 million households worldwide by 2020.

In the name of our project partners as well as of the many households that received an efficient stove in the past years, we would like to sincerely thank all of the donators for their crucial support.

atmosfair is in search of a new employee in sales and business development (full-time)

atmosfair employee

atmosfair employee

To strengthen our sales department, we are looking for an employee in sales and business development to start right away. You can find a detailed job description and information about the application process here. The application deadline is September 10, 2014.