Coop and WWF Switzerland – Successful Long-Term Partnership with myclimate

Thanks to myclimate’s successful long-term partnership with Coop and WWF Switzerland, climate protection has been rendered more concrete and measurable. The sustainable approach has meant that successes consist of more than just details of CO2 emissions saved. 

Coop aims to reduce absolute annual energy consumption by around 20 per cent and increase the proportion of renewable energies to 80 per cent by 2023. This should cut absolute annual CO2 emissions by around 50 per cent compared with 2008. The remaining CO2 emissions will be compensated from 2023. Coop has been compensating the emissions originating from unavoidable air transport, Coop@home deliveries and business trips since 2007 via WWF climate protection projects, for instance with myclimate.

The comprehensive involvement of Coop and the WWF has led to numerous specific successes and steps forward. In Nepal and Madagascar, for example, new projects were initiated and existing activities expanded. Preliminary financing made it possible in Nepal, for example, for thousands of small biogas plants to be built, which were reliant on this sort of start-up funding. In India, a new project was developed in close cooperation with Coop, WWF, Helvetas and myclimate: 3,000 biogas plants will supplement existing activities for rice farmers in rural parts of the region. Coop initiated this project and will take on full financing here. In Papua New Guinea, thanks to the initiative by Coop, a technology could be introduced for sewage treatment – something that is almost non-existent in the countryside. The project is therefore taking on a pioneering role in the region.

Here you can find all additional information on the climate protection projects that are being developed and supported by Coop and WWF Switzerland with myclimate: biogas projects in NepalIndiaThailand and Papua New Guinea and efficient stoves and energy saving lamps in Madagascar.

All climate protection projects developed comprehensively by myclimate and WWF not only reduce CO2 but also contribute to ecological and socioeconomic development locally.  In all of these projects, more than 130,000 people were able to benefit from the climate protection measures locally, around 2,000 jobs have been created and over 200,000 tonnes of wood have been saved thanks to the commitment of Coop and WWF up to the end of 2014. In addition, over 1,200 hectares of forest in Madagascar and Nepal have been protected, around 700 million litres of wastewater have been cleaned in a climate-friendly manner, and harmful methane gas emissions have been used in biogas plants to produce 20 gigawatt-hours of electricity. 

WWF Switzerland has worked together with myclimate for more than seven years not only for the development of climate protection projects that focus strongly on the environment, but also for the compensation of WWF operating emissions. In our work together, we have found myclimate to be a responsible and risk-conscious partner.
Christian Som, Senior Manager ClimateBusiness at WWF Switzerland

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