Newsletter 3/2014

Berlin/Bonn October 2014

 

Dear readers

On September 21, 2014 at the largest climate demonstration worldwide to date, hundreds of thousands of people in over 160 cities demanded ambitious climate-protection goals. This is an encouraging sign in times when international climate policy seems to be characterised by deadlock instead. atmosfair participated in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate. In my short speech, I spoke about the growing climate inequality. Especially the poorest people in Africa and Asia are experiencing climate change the earliest of anyone, and they are at least fault. Ban Ki Moon once said that the war in Darfur was already the result of climate change: Arab herdsmen and non-Arab farmers lived together peacefully until it stopped raining repeatedly and continuously with catastrophic consequences.

In the current newsletter, you will find reports about our new project with biogas systems in Nepal and the use of renewable energies in South African townships. However, it’s also possible to save CO2 in Germany: with our new consulting services for sustainable event planning, we organised the first climate-friendly Day of German Unity in 2014 together with the state of Lower Saxony.

Attention companies: by questioning deeply ingrained habits, it can be easy to save CO2, money, and time without foregoing communication. The webinar on November 12th is free; you can read more below.

Thank you very much for your support

Dietrich Brockhagen

Managing Director of atmosfair

 

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Event announcement:

Webinar on cost reduction and climate protection on business trips

webinar sustainable travel management

webinar sustainable travel management

November 12, 2014: Business trips should cost companies as little as possible. Since many companies are already in saving mode, the environment and sustainability are only associated with additional costs that one can’t really afford. However, climate-friendly travel and a limited budget do go well together. With the tools developed by atmosfair, you save money and CO2 and improve work-life balance all at the same time. The topic of the webinar is how your company together with atmosfair can introduce sustainable travel management.

 

  • In the webinar, you will learn:
  • How to save costs, CO2 and travel time
  • How you can use innovative tools
  • Receive detailed, quantitative optimisation potentials
  • Make communication more effective, inexpensive, and climate-friendly with the “atmosfair Intelligent Travel Algorithm”

 

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4-5 p.m.

To register, please send a short e-mail with the subject “Webinar Registration” to [email protected]. A few days before the webinar, you will receive your access data by e-mail.

Two new offsetting projects in Nepal and South Africa:

Biogas systems and green energy for townships

September 2014: There are two new projects in atmosfair’s portfolio: in Nepal, small biogas systems are being built in rural regions, and near the South African capital Cape Town, a township is being upgraded with renewable energies. Both projects together save around 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Nepal:

Biogas for farmsteads and guesthouses

In Nepal, atmosfair supports the development of systems that create biogas with cow manure and waste water and improve health and hygiene at the same time, especially for farmsteads. Wood is completely eliminated as a fuel. For this, small biogas systems are being built that can be operated with the manure of domestic animals. The biogas is conducted through pipes to the gas stoves in kitchens. Families that own a biogas system no longer require firewood for cooking.

Besides the farmsteads, the systems are also included in guesthouses along the numerous trekking trails. This works for altitudes of over 4000 metres, even if the temperatures there in winter are often so low that the biogas production cannot completely cover the energy consumption of the guesthouse. Project partners are Nepalese biogas system builders, NGOs, microfinance institutions, cooperatives, and the government. Partners use the financing from atmosfair in order to maintain existing systems and build new ones. Every year, additional systems for over 10,000 farmsteads and other users are planned. Until now, the program has reached this goal since 2007; since 2007, 80,000 systems have already been built and are operating successfully. The project is already registered under UN regulations. atmosfair is currently pursuing the additional project certification under the Gold Standard. In Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, almost 90 percent of the people live in rural areas. The increased use of soil that is not suitable for farming as well as the consequences of climate change lead to erosion damage through landslides and floods. This situation is exacerbated by forest decline. Because wood represents the most important energy source for the households in rural Nepal, the forests are increasingly coming under pressure. Additionally, burning wood in households leads to respiratory problems, especially for women and children.

South Africa:

Energy for township buildings in Cape Town

With the Kuyasa Project, atmosfair supports the upgrading of township buildings in South Africa. In Khayelitsha, 30 kilometres away from the centre of the city of Cape Town, nearly half a million people live below the poverty line. Many buildings are poorly insulated and have an insufficient supply of electricity. atmosfair supports the township in adding renewable energies and energy-efficient technologies. This especially includes the installation of solar-powered water heaters, energy-saving light bulbs, and the retrofitting of ceilings with better insulation materials. So far, the energy balance of around 2,300 buildings has been improved as part of the project. Currently, atmosfair is supporting the local project partner with the documentation of the CO2 savings for the UN climate protection program.

Climate-friendly celebration:

Day of German Unity in Hannover

atmosfair in Hannover

atmosfair in Hannover

Hannover: On October 3rd, a Day of German Unity celebration took place in Hannover with a comprehensive climate protection concept. For this, the state capital switched to electricity sourced from renewable energies for all events, provided an especially environmentally friendly waste management with a refund system, and supported sustainable gastronomy. For transport to and from the event, the city of Hannover employed shuttle transport using hybrid buses. Because transport to and from the event location usually constitutes 60 to 80 percent of an event's total CO2 emissions, the ecological footprint was reduced accordingly through the integration and use of train, coach, and public transport. In addition, measures such as saving paper, using eco-paper, and cleaning without chemicals were employed. atmosfair developed the concept together with the city of Hannover from the very beginning. In this way, it was possible to identify and use savings potentials. atmosfair is offsetting the remaining CO2 emissions with efficient stoves for households in Rwanda.

More information you find here

 

MeetGreen! Climate-friendly events:

atmosfair at the KlimaExpo.NRW

MeetGreen! in Essen

MeetGreen! in Essen

Essen, September 2014: At the end of September, atmosfair employee Lina Tabea Maguhn exchanged ideas about climate change at events and meetings with company representatives from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) at a podium discussion in Essen. Event service providers and event agencies presented Best Practice examples. With its initiative KlimaExpo.NRW, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia wants to encourage companies within the state in the area of climate protection. Climate protection is at the forefront of this initiative and is in accordance with atmosfair's guiding principle: first avoid and reduce, then offset.