Press Release: ClimateCare Gold Standard Project Saves 14 Trees for Every House Built

Published 19th May 2021 by ClimateCare

ClimateCare has today announced issuance of 9,616 tonnes of independently verified Gold Standard carbon credits from an innovative business that aims to transform construction across Malawi and beyond.

14Trees, a joint venture between LafargeHolcim and CDC, the UK’s publicly owned impact investor, has rolled out a soil-stabilised brick called Durabric® that completely eliminates the need for kiln firing. The process cuts carbon emissions and saves on average of 55 tonnes of CO2 and 14 trees for every house built. This not only helps tackle climate change, but also reduces deforestation – a major issue in Malawi. Durabric®, a recognised clean technology by the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label, was invented in LafargeHolcim’s R&D centre in France and was brought to the Malawian market by 14Trees in 2016. With training, the new Durabric can be manufactured by local builders to make houses, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings.

To date 2.75 million Durabrics® have been used, saving a total of 23,000 tonnes of CO2 and saving 5,800 trees.

And it is not just the climate that benefits. Local builders are able to improve their skills and employment opportunities, while local communities benefit from higher quality and safer housing.

The company now hopes to use the proceeds of carbon finance to double its production of Durabrics® in 2021 compared to 2020.

The ClimateCare team worked closely with 14Trees and CDC, to design a carbon project with a methodology that accurately calculates the carbon reductions achieved by using Durabric® rather than conventional kiln fired alternatives, and to carry out this first measurement and verification. The team will also support sales and marketing of the carbon credits issued, helping to bring much needed finance to accelerate the adoption of 14 Trees’ technology.

ClimateCare CEO Vaughan Lindsay says: “We are delighted to once again push the boundaries on how to measure carbon reductions and the types of project that can qualify for carbon finance. We hope that organisations in the construction sector will have a keen interest in offsetting their residual carbon emissions through an innovative project like this, which has potential to both tackle climate change and improve house building across Sub Saharan Africa.”

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"We are extremely proud of this first issuance of carbon credits through the use of our eco-friendly Durabric bricks in Malawi. As a pioneer in taking innovative building materials from the lab to the field in Africa, 14Trees will leverage this carbon finance mechanism to roll out our brick manufacturing facilities even further and faster, in particular in rural areas. We are making the transition to sustainable construction a reality in Malawi while creating much needed jobs”.

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Francois Perrot, Managing Director, 14Trees

CDC is immensely proud to support 14Trees in their pursuit of pioneering low-carbon building material innovations and their tenacious efforts to deliver sustainable and climate resilient built environments. The Gold Standard Credits created by 14Trees are a critical step to further catalyse these important objectives while supporting the communities in which 14Trees operates.” Amal-Lee Amin, Director, Climate Change, CDC

“We are pleased to certify the carbon reductions delivered by this innovative project, which is a win-win for people and a secure climate. Not only does it cut carbon emissions but it reduces deforestation, upskills builders and provides communities with safer housing. As we need to decarbonise all sectors of our global economy, it’s great to see carbon finance supporting low carbon construction projects and hope it will pave the way for many others around the world.” Margaret Kim, CEO, Gold Standard

Organisations who want to offset their carbon footprint through this world-first project should contact ClimateCare on +44(0)1865 591000 or via email.


Notes to editors


ClimateCare is dedicated to tackling climate change and improving lives. It aims to make our world a climate neutral one – where everyone takes full responsibility for their carbon footprint.

ClimateCare helps organisations take responsibility for their climate impact by financing, developing and managing carbon reduction projects across the world. Based in Oxford and Nairobi, ClimateCare helped create the voluntary carbon market and pioneered carbon finance for community development projects. Some of the largest carbon offsetting programmes in the world are delivered by ClimateCare.

Leading organisations and governments trust ClimateCare to solve complex climate and sustainability issues. With ClimateCare by their side, they can be confident on their journey to Net Zero.

As an award-winning profit with purpose Certified B Corporation, ClimateCare is recognised as setting the highest standards. Values and integrity are at the heart of all it does – just as they have been since it was founded in 1997. These values are underpinned by strong environmental credentials, a commercial focus on risk management and a proud record of delivering outstanding results for clients.

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14Trees is a joint-venture between LafargeHolcim (world leader in building materials) and CDC Group plc (UK development finance institution) created in 2016. 14Trees’ mission is to take construction innovations from labs to the field, test them, optimize them, implement them on the ground, and take them to scale. Durabric® was created in LafargeHolcim's Research & Development Center in France and 14Trees produced and commercialised it in Africa since 2016.

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2.75 million Durabrics® used so far

23,000 tonnes CO2e avoided by using 14Trees' technology

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