CO2balance celebrates its 20th Birthday

4 October, 2023 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: CO2balance

September 2023 was a big month for CO2balance as it marked the company’s 20th birthday.  It all started back in September 2003, a group of friends planting the company’s first tree at a new woodland called “Bishops Wood” in Devon (UK). Founded by Mark Simpson, who is still the Managing Director, the company has evolved… Read the full article >

UNFCCC Launches New “Climate Neutral Now” Campaign

24 September, 2015 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, Climate Change

This week has seen the launch of “Climate Neutral Now”, a new initiative launched by the United Nations climate change secretariat that encourages individuals and organizations to measure their climate footprint, reduce their emissions as much as possible and then offset their remaining emissions. One of the aspirations at the UNFCCC is to socialize the… Read the full article >

Going beyond carbon saving – how companies like Hill Dickinson are making a big impact to communities in Kenya

6 October, 2014 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: Improved Cookstoves, Kenya

Our Abardares Improved Cook Stove Project is located to the north of Nairobi in Kenya, and has been well supported for many years by Hill Dickinson – the first law firm to offset their carbon footprint to become CarbonZero. Our team in Kenya went to visit the region and interviewed over 30 Carbon Zero Kenya… Read the full article >

Getting ready for ESOS

19 September, 2014 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: ESOS

Some you may be aware of the Government’s new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which forces “large undertakings” to audit their energy usages and report them to the Environment Agency. The concept is that through activity managing your energy usage it will open up your eyes to potential areas of energy savings, which has the… Read the full article >

Beyond Carbon Offsetting – the Additional Benefits of Impact Carbon

3 September, 2014 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: Improved Cookstoves

Offsetting one tonne of carbon dioxide brings an additional $664 in benefits to the communities where carbon reduction projects are based, according to research published today. The research, carried out by Imperial College London in partnership with the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA), demonstrates how purchasing carbon credits creates economic development opportunities, aids… Read the full article >

More to a fence than meets the eye

11 March, 2014 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: Kenya

Over the past few months the five team members of SCC’s “Challenge Africa” have been raising money for Shikaadabu Primary School in Kenya to build a fence.  At first glance this may not seem to be the most dynamic project in the world, but try telling that to the teachers and school children from the… Read the full article >

Challenge Africa

6 March, 2014 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: Improved Cookstoves, Kenya

The first few days of SCC’s Challenge Africa have flown by and along with “sunburn” and “it’s so hot” one of the most commonly repeated phrases so far is how much the trip has been “a humbling experience”.  Away from the tourist trails and deep into the real world of Kenya, the five staff members… Read the full article >

Kicking off climate change

28 February, 2014 | Paul Chiplen
Categories: CO2balance, Kenya

Next week’s trip to visit one of the schools we work with in Kenya has taken a sporty twist, with Liverpool FC – through the Liverpool FC Foundation – kindly donating two shirts along with posters and signed cards.  Like most kids the school children at the Shikaadabu Primary School are mad about football so… Read the full article >