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myclimate – The Climate Protection Partnership

myclimate supports innovative climate-protection solutions and promotes the use of renewable energies and energy-efficient technology. This international initiative which began in Switzerland is one of the world's leading providers of voluntary carbon offsetting schemes. Its clients include large, medium-sized and small companies (e.g.: Swiss, Lufthansa, Hotelplan and TUI), public administration organisations, non-profit organisations, event organisers and private individuals. myclimate also operates beyond central Europe through its sales partners in the USA, Canada, the UK, Norway and Austria.

Emissions are offset by means of climate-protection projects. In these, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil energy sources by renewable energies and implementing energy-efficient technologies. myclimate climate-protection projects meet the highest standards (Gold Standard), guaranteeing that they not only reduce greenhouse gases but also make a verifiable and positive contribution to sustainable development. In addition, myclimate also runs various projects to promote public debate about climate protection. Exhibitions at the Lucerne Transport Museum, schools projects, platform debates etc. all help to increase awareness of climate change among the general public.

The non-profit foundation myclimate – the Climate Protection Partnership – came into existence in 2006 as a result of the merger between the ETH spin-off myclimate and the private initiative CLiPP, which had both been active in the field of climate protection since 2002. myclimate is supported by a prestigious Foundation Board and Patrons Committee.

myclimate: the Sunstar partner for offsetting projects

What kind of projects are supported?

Sunstar sets high standards:

  • Projects must be endorsed with the Gold Standard (a quality label supported by environmental organisations like the WWF and Greenpeace)
  • In addition to reducing CO2, there must be a proven additional benefit for the local population. (E.g.: job creation, knowledge transfer)
  • The project must not infringe human rights.
  • Strict due diligence ensures that experienced and trustworthy project partners are selected who work in the interest of sustainable development in their countries.
  • Financial autonomy: the projects are not supported by state subsidies.
  • Local companies are involved in implementing and monitoring the projects

China

  • Traditional coal-burning stoves are being replaced by clean gas stoves fuelled by biomass
  • By the end of 2013, more than 90,000 stoves had been installed by the project, saving 530,000 tonnes of charcoal
  • Users save a lot of money because they don't have to buy coal any more