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A ‘CLIMATEPARTNER’ FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

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November, 18th 2020

The world has been going through an environmental crisis for decades, but we are reaching a tipping point. ClimatePartner is supporting companies and consumers in identifying their carbon emission drivers and how to offset them – a critical step towards fighting climate change.

Words By Lida Ormol

ClimatePartner is a strategic planner and solutions generator that supports packaging manufacturing companies in reducing and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions. Moritz Lehmkuhl is the founder and CEO of ClimatePartner, creating his company on a mission to strengthen business’ overall resilience against climate change. Always seeking more than a means to an end, Moritz’s ambition and focus drove him to actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. After having worked in investment banking for some time, he came across climate action which led him on a complete career change to become self-employed and create ClimatePartner in 2006.

Working with across 35 countries, ClimatePartner has clients ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations across diverse industries. Moritz shares the challenges he has faced in his work, saying, The biggest challenge was to convince the companies that they can actually make a positive impact on climate change and development.” In the beginning, it was difficult to obtain data from these companies on their energy consumption. Gradually, however, they started to cooperate, realizing that providing such data ultimately benefited them by helping them reduce their carbon emissions.

Moritz Lehmkuhl
the founder and CEO of ClimatePartner

ClimatePartner’s expertise lies in climate neutral packaging. In strategizing solutions, ClimatePartner calculates their client’s total emissions that have unavoidably arisen during the production of their packaging. Offering emissions reduction consultancy to companies, ClimatePartner helps them implement carbon reduction measures. Reducing carbon emission to zero is no easy feat, but companies can certainly try by taking part in carbon offsetting initiatives. Lastly, the company helps businesses build climate neutral websites by offsetting the carbon emissions that are created every time someone visits a page on the website. ClimatePartner offsets these emissions through their new hydropower project located in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Congo, 97% of the population have no access to electricity, with the only energy source coming from charcoal. Currently, ClimatePartne’s project is helping to generate electricity for 30,000 inhabitants, drastically reducing the amount of charcoal combustion.

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For Moritz, sustainable living means being responsible for every action and decision one makes today, without having to compromise the ability of better living for future generations. And this lies at the core of ClimatePartner’s mission. With our climate neutral label on more and more products, we want to offer consumers the option to make climate conscious decisions by choosing a climate neutral product instead of a conventional product,” says Moritz. “Still, the issue remains in how much we all consume. Limiting personal consumption by thinking about what we really need is a good place to start.” ClimatePartner hopes to address this with their new project called “You”, launching before Christmas this year. Here, they are developing a platform that allows consumers to calculate their own carbon footprint and offset their emissions on a personal scale. 

ClimatePartner offers the support needed by companies that are trying to integrate sustainable practices in their core DNA of their business. We hope to see ClimatePartner expand its reach to many more global markets, tackling climate change one company at a time.