Where can you find a robust offsetting project that offers real social impact for positive change?.

Last updated: 30th May 2024

Following a rigorous investigation into available offsetting schemes, sustainability consultancy JRP Solutions has invested in a unique new accredited carbon offset scheme to offset its unavoidable emissions from 2023/24 onwards.

JRP has been searching for a high quality, credible, offset scheme for some time, both for its own purposes and to recommend to customers, and we have now finally found a unique scheme in which we can have complete confidence and that we feel able to endorse.

More about JRP Solutions here.

We have committed to being a net zero Greenhouse Gas organisation by 2030 through absolute emission reductions resulting from conservation measures such as energy efficiency improvements, alternative energy supply and responsible purchasing. However, we do have some unavoidable annual emissions – primarily from business travel – that we have pledged to offset through a high quality, credible, offset scheme. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s (LSHTM) Sustainable Climate Impact Fund (SCIF) is that scheme.

A subsidiary of LSHTM, SCIF is a pioneering and progressive social enterprise focused on improving the health and socio-economic wellbeing of communities and their local environment in low and middle-income countries where LSHTM has a presence. It is a unique initiative that uses carbon offsetting as a means to deliver solutions, placing transparency at the heart of its service. Unlike other offsetting schemes, SCIF draws on LSHTM’s expertise in global health to put the health and socio-economic wellbeing of the people who need it most at the forefront of its operations and choices of intervention whilst ensuring conservation of the natural environment.

SCIF is:

  1. Developing and facilitating community-based initiatives which reduce, ameliorate and avoid the environmental, social and economic effects of climate change on rural communities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through targeted projects and interventions.
  1. Fostering improvements to the health and wellbeing of communities in LMICs, especially women and girls, by improving access to basic amenities and fostering economic empowerment for a more sustainable, prosperous future.

SCIF projects include safe water projects, which provide rural communities in Uganda easy access to clean and safe drinking water, eliminating the need to cut down trees and burn fuel to purify water. This intervention has benefits both for the health of communities whilst protecting the natural environment and reducing emissions. SCIF is governed by a Board of Directors and underpinned by a rigorous system of independent external verification to achieve compliance with Gold Standard methodologies, having gone through a rigorous evaluation process by SustainCert. The projects will provide carbon credits which LSHTM and other organisations can use to offset their residual carbon footprint.

“We are delighted to be involved in this scheme and pleased to be able to endorse it to help organisations towards achieving ethical, highly sustainable carbon reduction goals by supporting a SCIF project that offers real social impact for positive change,” Carol Somper, JRP Sustainability Director.

For more information on any of the above, contact [email protected] or call 0800 6127 567. 

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