Today, on August 19, LeasePlan is observing the UN’s World Humanitarian Day. This year, the focus is on raising awareness of climate action and sharing solidarity with people in countries hardest hit by climate change.

The climate emergency is taking hold, with extreme weather events occurring at an alarming frequency. Many communities around the world are already feeling its effects. But it is those who are already the most vulnerable – and who contribute least to the climate crisis – who face the greatest threat.

A greener horizon

Everyone has a part to play in addressing the climate crisis. LeasePlan is committed both to reducing its own environmental impact and to shaping the future of low-emission mobility. In fact, the organisation’s aim is to lead by example and transition its funded fleet (including its own employee fleet) to net-zero tailpipe emissions by 2030.

LeasePlan is well on the way to achieving this target – but there is still some way to go. In 2020, the carbon footprint of the employee fleet amounted to 6.88 tonnes of CO2-eq. To offset its emissions, while it transitions to a fully electric fleet. LeasePlan’s approach is to buy carbon credits through the UN’s carbon offset platform. This initiative not only helps to counteract the impact of climate change, but also contributes to the sustainable development of local communities.

In 2020, LeasePlan purchased 3,000 carbon credits from the Nanyang Danjiang River Solar Cooker project in Henan province, China, and 3,880 carbon credits from the Solar Power Generation project in Rajasthan, India. In both cases, the credits were issued by Clean Development Mechanism, which evaluates all credits to verify their legitimacy and effectiveness.

Thanks to the installation of 50,000 solar cookers for rural households, the project in China will benefit more than 175,000 people by providing a clean and convenient way to cook, improving indoor hygiene and living conditions and creating employment opportunities.

In India, the solar photovoltaic power project will provide 8,322 MWh of net electricity to the national grid every year. Aside from the environmental benefits, the project will bring social and economic improvements to the area and inspire other, similar installations in the future.

Ready, steady, go!

Of course, there is much more that can be done on an individual level – you can join #theHumanRace! Organized in partnership with the popular exercise app Strava, the challenge encourages participants to log 100 minutes of physical activity, and culminates in the week of World Humanitarian Day.

Now, LeasePlan is calling on everybody to take part and to carry an urgent message to world leaders attending the UN climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow in November, that solidarity begins with developed countries delivering on their decade-old pledge of $100 billion annually for climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

Walking, running, swimming, cycling, riding, space hopping … It doesn’t matter what you do: just get involved and spread the word! You can even challenge a friend, family member or colleague: everyone is part of #theHumanRace.

Most importantly, don’t forget to make your voice heard!

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