With 19 years’ experience and a global network of project partners, we work with our clients to deliver high quality solutions that ensure immediate, positive impact on the world’s natural capital.
For clients looking for projects customised to their specific business goals and interests, Project Catalyst offers the solution. From scaling up projects to specific supply chain or operational locations, to expanding project activities to align with particular business interests, the Project Catalyst approach enables you to demonstrate action and impact for your business through tailored project development.
There are a number of ways in which Project Catalyst can be used to enhance the value of your carbon finance programme by customising a project to your specific business interests. These include:
Quality assurance guarantee
Robust monitoring, reporting and verification of results-based carbon finance projects ensures that independently verified results are available to quantify the project’s impact. Additional metrics are tracked and reported through regular customised reports, including personal accounts from communities on the project activities on the ground.
Since Microsoft launched its carbon fee and achieved carbon neutrality in 2012, we have partnered with the company to evolve its carbon offset programme, ensuring it aligns with multiple business priorities through a portfolio of more than 35 projects in 22 countries.
Using a Project Catalyst approach, we have enabled the company to enhance four existing carbon reduction projects in support of one particular business objective – to increase energy access opportunities in the developing world. By leveraging existing project infrastructure, solar lanterns are distributed to community members, extending the scope and positive impact of these projects. Affordable, sustainable energy is delivering financial savings, income generation and opportunities for education, and empowers families to move out of poverty, while enabling Microsoft to meet its carbon neutral target through the emissions reductions.
Through its CarbonNeutral® sourcing commitment, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate is financing long term, positive impact to its tea sourcing communities in Africa; building their capacity to deal with the increasing threat of climate change, and ensure their farms and livelihoods are sustainable for the long term.
We have worked with Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate to customise an existing community reforestation project in Kenya, extending the project activity into tea farms that surround the company’s four strategic tea factories. The project encourages smallholder tea farmers to voluntarily plant trees on their land, and provides training on conservation farming and agroforestry techniques. Planted trees will improve local biodiversity and through ‘small groups’ of neighbouring farmers, they share best practice on approaches to improve food security and build new sources of income.