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First of its kind Carbon Finance Loan Fund Launched to Spur Clean Cookstove and Fuel Market

 

NAIROBI, KENYA - 4 FEBRUARY, 2014:  Three of the most influential organisations in the global clean cookstove market have today announced the creation of the Clean Cooking Loan Fund which will help leverage private sector finance to scale-up the roll out of clean cookstoves to billions of people around the globe.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, The Gold Standard Foundation and Nexus Carbon For Development have joined forces to create this first of its kind Fund because, until now, the lack of commercial financing for clean cookstoves and fuels has served as a barrier to entrepreneurs and others to develop a thriving market for these technologies.

Nearly 3-billion people cook with solid fuels every day that, when burned in open fires and traditional cookstoves, contribute to climate change and, through illness and injury, result in 4-million deaths annually. The Alliance, The Gold Standard and Nexus are committed to creating a global market for clean, safe and affordable cooking solutions and believe that this can only be made possible through innovative approaches to finance.

"Every market enabling option must be on the table in order to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries, environmental degradation and lost livelihood opportunities caused by the seemingly simple act of cooking a meal, and we believe carbon markets are a viable, practical way to finance the adoption of clean cooking solutions at scale," said Radha Muthiah, executive director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which has contributed 290,000 USD to capitalize the Fund.

Although the sale of carbon offsets provides a valuable revenue stream, clean cookstove projects often find it challenging to fund certification processes due to the one to two year time lag between registration and first revenues from carbon credits.

“The Fund is designed to take on financial risk associated with the carbon process by offering a loan to project developers. It will not purchase emission reductions but these will be used as collateral to the loan. This innovative approach has been used by Nexus since 2010 and results show that the model increases the value flowing back to projects,” said Marion Verles, executive director of Nexus, fund manager for the Fund.

"Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they provide strong governance for both the greenhouse gas reductions and co-benefits associated with the project. The monitoring, reporting and verification of the environmental, social and economic benefits are critical to de-risking a project and ensuring success," said Adrian Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer of The Gold Standard Foundation.

To learn more about the CCLF and how the global carbon market can advance the adoption of clean cooking solutions worldwide, please visit carbonfinanceforcookstoves.org.

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Media Contacts:

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Jen Tweddell, jtweddell@cleancookstoves.org
Nexus Carbon for Development: David Jouan, Communications Manager, d.jouan@nexus-c4d.org
The Gold Standard Foundation: Tanya Petersen, Marketing Director, tanya@cdmgoldstandard.org

About:
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s 100 by ‘20 goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in developing countries.  www.cleancookstoves.org

For ten years, The Gold Standard Foundation has pioneered the way climate change is addressed. Its ‘results based finance’ approach - in which individuals, corporations and governments buy credits against verified emission reductions and sustainable development outcomes - has channelled billions of Euros into 1,000 low carbon development projects. Notably, The Gold Standard has certified over 75% of the carbon credits issued from improved cookstove projects globally. The Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and has more than 80 NGO partners worldwide.
www.goldstandard.org.

Nexus-Carbon for Development is a cooperative of development organization which aims to reduce poverty by enabling the most vulnerable communities to have an improved access and control over energy while ensuring that the natural resources are managed sustainably and responsibly. Nexus central objective is to scale up its members’ successful climate-friendly projects in developing countries by supporting technical assistance and facilitating their access to appropriate financing such as carbon finance. The expected results are: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improvement of living standards of populations in target countries, reduction of energy poverty and access to clean energy.
www.nexus-c4d.org