Our project implementation solutions aim to enhance Environment and Social Governance performance across the corporate value-chain. By developing strategic initiatives which are underpinned by Enterprise and Supplier Development, process-optimisation and carbon mitigation, we are able to unlock enhanced value through the application of a single budget.
This leads to sustainable initiatives which have a long-term impact, and a quantifiable ROI to our clients.
Energy efficient lighting
social carbon programme
resilient farming programme
for informal settlements
Residential improvement programme for low income housing
social carbon programme
The national energy efficiency in lighting project began in 2009, and has been designed in accordance with ‘ISO 14064-2: Specification with guidance at the project level for quantification, monitoring and reporting of green- house gas emission reductions or removal enhancements.’ A lamp switch reduces carbon emissions as a result of a savings in electricity. South Africa’s electrical supply is generated through so-called ‘dirty power’, the result of our inefficient coal-fired power plants. We specifically target low income households, subsidised housing and special needs centres such as old age homes, orphanages and shelters. These residents benefit directly from the savings in the cost of energy and the lamps are provided free of charge. The project has been registered with the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and voluntary emission reductions are available for purchase through our online credit registry.
The national food security and resilient farming programme is aimed at transferring the required skills to assist low-income and disadvantaged communities in developing food security in their own back yards. Over 250 gardens have been planted to date throughout South Africa. Beneficiaries of the program have included volunteer foster mothers in the Childline SA homes of safety initiative as well as volunteer caretakers in various provincial community outreach programs. This program provides nutrient rich produce to these households while also leading to financial relief. The program is constantly being upscaled, and the next leg will see the development of key national food co-op farming structures to stimulate micro-enterprise development in the communities we operate within.
Nedbank mandated Earth Patrol to identify opportunities that exist for improving energy efficiency in goodwill centres and NPO’s in South Africa, using Childline SA as a pilot organisation. From the beginning, our efforts were focussed on understanding which interventions would make the most valuable contribution to the on-going sustainability of local public benefit organisations. The first leg of the program involved assessing over 150 building nationally and designing energy efficiency, water conservation and occupant health improvement opportunities which would add the most value to the beneficiaries. The programme continues to evolve and we are currently designing more robust sustainable development solutions for entire communities in South Africa.
The momentum for Change initiative was launched by the UNFCCC at COP17 in December 2012 and highlighted 10 projects that are making a real difference to the urban poor. The plastic bottle solar light is one of these projects and is the first to be launched in South Africa. President Zuma, who spoke at the launch, stated : “These projects make it possible for individuals and communities to contribute in a very practical way to the process of reducing emissions, adapting to climate change and improving their quality of life”. Earth Patrol adapted the idea to include the community in the manufacture and installation of these lights and has tested the project in the Diepsloot community, near Johannesburg, and in KZN.
Earth Patrol has initiated a number of social carbon sequestration projects in which indigenous tree varieties have been planted nationally. This program approaches low income communities, municipalities and schools which are engaged and involved in the planting programs through onsite workshops and skill transfer programs. The program continues to identify key areas suffering from biodiversity loss and deforestation. To date, over 500 trees have been planted free of charge across South Africa.