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Carbon Project Used to Support Rebuilding a Safe Nepal

06 April 2016 |

Build Change, an international non-profit social enterprise, is partnering with Eneco Energy Trade and The CarbonNeutral Company to work with survivors of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes to rebuild and retrofit schools.

Eneco Energy Trade, in collaboration with The CarbonNeutral Company, will support Build Change with funding provided by the participation of The CarbonNeutral Company’s clients in carbon-reduction projects. Eneco’s project is a program of activities under the UNFCCC (project #9811) that will install 150,000 cleaner cooking stoves in rural households, reducing wood usage and carbon emissions, and improving the health of householders. This support will enable Build Change to work with local partners to rebuild and retrofit schools in Nepal to be resistant to future earthquakes.

“Protecting students by making schools in Nepal disaster-resistant is a high priority for Build Change. Thousands of children would have been killed by the 6,500 schools that collapsed in the earthquake if it had struck during school hours. We are excited to partner with Eneco Energy Trade and The CarbonNeutral Company to protect vulnerable children from future natural disasters,” says Noll Tufani, Build Change Country Director in Nepal.

“We have a project in Nepal which is already making a strong contribution to clean development and emissions reduction, as well as the health of householders,” says Mark Meyrick, Head of Eneco’s Carbon desk. “It was logical to sit down with our partners on this project, and see whether we could leverage the great efforts they are already making to combat climate change by adding a component that would improve livelihoods via earthquake security and a sounder infrastructure, and we are really happy to have found an organization like Build Change that can actualise this concept for us”

“Following the Nepal earthquake we were very pleased to work with two of our clients to create a solution which was able to fund an emission reduction project combined with supporting a programme to improve long term security and safety. This type of tailored solution which uses carbon finance to deliver a range of sustainable impacts for the environment and communities is what really delivers value for our clients,” says Mark LaCroix, Executive Vice-President, The CarbonNeutral Company.

About Build Change

Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms by working with people in emerging nations to build homes and schools that will protect their families and children. Build Change works to strengthen buildings before and after disasters strike in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. More than 23,000 people have been trained in disaster-resistant design and construction techniques and have built over 47,000 safer homes, impacting 235,000 people. Visit

About Eneco Group

Eneco, is one of the largest producers and suppliers of natural gas, electricity and heat in the Netherlands, serving more than 2 million business and residential customers. It is committed to sustainable energy production, predominantly from wind and solar, as well as decentralised energy solutions and is also active in developing renewable generation in Belgium and the United Kingdom. It is a leading player in the carbon market and has been involved in a number of innovatory emissions reductions projects and REDD+ initiatives over the years.

About The CarbonNeutral Company

The CarbonNeutral Company is a world-leading provider of solutions to businesses committed to building business success combined with positive impact for the environment and society. More than 18 years’ experience working with a global client list is combined with our comprehensive knowledge of sourcing high-quality environmental projects, to meet clients’ rapidly changing requirements. From renewable energy to carbon emissions measurement and offsetting, to water stewardship, building supply chain resilience and protecting biodiversity, we have developed a track record of innovation and quality in the relentless pursuit of solutions that will meet our clients’ needs.

For further information, contact:

  • Build Change: Kiki Fornito, Fund Development Officer at and +1 (303) 953-2563
  • The CarbonNeutral Company: Rebecca Fay, Marketing Director at and +44 (0)20 7833 6000
  • Eneco Energy Trading: Mark Meyrick, Head of Carbon at and +31615691166