About us – Klima-Kollekte

Klima-Kollekte is a carbon-offsetting fund operated by Christian churches in Germany and other European countries. Klima-Kollekte provides opportunities for offsetting the unavoidable emission of greenhouse gases. The process is accomplished through projects concerning emissions reduction while using renewable energies or energy efficient methods. The project implementation is the responsibility of our partners and funding organisations: MISEREOR, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service, the Protestant Church in Germany, the Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, the Missionary Childhood Association `Die Sternsinger` and Nordkirche Weltweit. Climate-protection projects overseen by Christian organisations or their partners are carried out in developing and emerging countries only.
In this regard, Klima-Kollekte benefits above all from its ties with churches, having worked for many years on an equal footing with project partners in developing countries. Together with them, the organisation has implemented sustainable climate protection projects that are geared towards combating poverty.
In view of this, Klima-Kollekte aims above all to involve organisations, communities, parishes and individuals from church-related areas in their efforts to offset CO2 emissions. True to the guiding principle of “Avoid, reduce and compensate”, it works to offset unavoidable emissions.
In June 2011, the fund was entered into the commercial register as a not-for-profit limited company.


“Bread for the World––Protestant Development Service”
With the new Bread for the World–-Protestant Development Service organisation, the Protestant regional and free churches channel their energies into helping the world’s poorest people. Its work focuses primarily on food security, education and health, promoting peace and human rights, and preserving creation. This work is based on the principle of strengthening civil society, which is successfully implemented in almost 100 countries in close cooperation with partner organisations, many of which are church organisations or have close ties with the church. Through its broad-based PR and lobby work, the organisation raises awareness – including here in Germany – of the realities of those who live in poverty and oppression, and takes steps to bring about change.
Protestant Church in Germany (EKD)
EKD is a federation of 20 Lutheran, Reformed and United regional church bodies in Germany. The Protestant church structure is federal at all levels. EKD performs the communal functions assigned to it without affecting the independence of its individual regional church members. EKD’s democratically constituted and elected management bodies are synods, a council and a church conference.
Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (FEST)
FEST is an interdisciplinary research institute financed by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Protestant regional churches, the German Protestant Church Convention (DEKT) and the Protestant Academies in Germany (EAD).
FEST’s function is to clarify the fundamentals of science in the context of the Gospel and to help the church in dealing with the questions of our time. In view of this, a wide range of specialist disciplines in the fields of social and natural sciences are represented at the institute.
Fastenopfer Foundation
The purpose of the Fastenopfer Foundation is

  • to support the work of the church and projects of development organisations in favour of economically and socially disadvantaged people worldwide, with a focus on Africa, Asia and Latin America (pastoral and development cooperation);
  • to provide resources in order to support, in cooperation with the Swiss Bishops Conference and Christian church organisations, pastoral projects for the work of the church in Switzerland (activities in Switzerland);
  • to participate in shaping opinions and decisions on development policy;
  • to promote the global solidarity of the Swiss people, through information and awareness-raising in ecumenical cooperation;
  • to contribute to the Time of Lent by putting forward suggestions and providing educational resources.

Episcopal development agency MISEREOR
For over 50 years, Misereor – the Catholic church’s development agency – has helped people to help themselves in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. In more than 90,000 projects to date, Misereor has worked together with local partner organisations to help people in need, regardless of their religion, culture or skin colour.
In Germany, MISEREOR is active at a political and social level as a mouthpiece for the concerns of the Global South. In addition, the development agency undertakes educational work in communities and parishes, and in schools and other educational institutions.
Missionary Childhood Association `Die Sternsinger`
Around 2.100 projects for children in need worldwide are annually supported by the Missionary Childhood Association. In 2015, the Missionary Childhood Association of the Catholic Church in Germany allocated 73,7 million Euros for projects in 111 countries. The financial means come from donations from children groups, school classes, families, parishes, solidarity groups, single sponsors, project partnerships, and many more campaigns and initiatives. The biggest contribution comes from the Carol Singers’ Campaign around Epiphany (6th January) that is jointly held with the Association of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ).
Nordkirche Weltweit (ZMÖ)
ZMÖ is an ecumenical mission centre run by the Protestant-Lutheran church in Northern Germany. It works to promote the relationship between the church in Northern countries with churches and non-governmental organisations in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas and Europe. Together with partners all over the world, the centre actively promotes justice, peace and the preservation of creation.
Joining forces with its partners, ZMÖ works to bring about common goals, putting its weight behind church, social, medical and educational projects in the partner countries, helping all those involved to develop important skills. It promotes international interaction and dialogue between people across cultural and religious divides.
ZMÖ works to promote development policy and global learning in the Northern church by means of cooperative projects. It provides support and training to international partnerships of groups, municipalities and parishes, offering lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, consulting, and classroom activities in schools.

Climate protection projects

A number of different standards exist for compensation projects.
The Gold Standard, which was developed in 2003 with extensive input from environmental and development experts, defines additional social and ecological quality criteria and ensures that the projects meet the highest standards.
In accordance with the Gold Standard, Klima-Kollekte only supports projects involving energy efficiency and renewable energies. This ensures that they make a contribution to a form of economic development that is not based on the use of environmentally harmful energy sources such as oil, gas and coal.

The projects that are currently being supported are:
Biogas plants in India
Energy-efficient cook stoves in India
Solar lamps in India
Energy-efficient cook stoves in Nicaragua
Klima-Kollekte projects meet Gold Standard requirements for certification. Klima-Kollekte does so because Gold Standard requirements are more stringent than
those stipulated by the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) or the Duke Standard regarding environmental compatibility, societal considerations and human rights. Projects that reduce annual CO2 emissions by less than 5,000 metric tons of CO2 are executed in accordance with the Gold Standard.

How much does it cost to offset a ton of CO2?

The price for compensating a ton of CO2 is usually derived from the costs that occur from the emissions savings in the relevant compensation project. The costs depend on the size of the project, the technology used and the country in which the project is implemented. This means that, for instance, saving a ton of CO2 by building biogas plants in India entails higher costs than a solar thermal energy project in the Czech Republic or introducing more energy-efficient methods of cooking in South Africa. Generally speaking, large projects have lower costs per ton than small ones. According, prices tend to vary from project to project.
The prices are also influenced through the trading of certificates on the markets.

Calculating a different price for each compensation payment would be complicated for both customers and providers. For this reason, Klima-Kollekte calculates an average price, just as other providers do.

How the system works

From its customers, Klima-Kollekte receives €23 per ton of CO2 emissions that are to be offset. Once the compensation payment has been made, the recognised emission certificates are neutralised in the relevant amount. Each certificate corresponds to one ton of CO2.

The proceeds are used as follows:

Klima-Kollekte purchases CO2 certificates from large projects (>5,000 tons of CO2 saved annually) from the shareholders for €19 per ton.

€1.50 is used to support very small projects as these, although often very expensive in relative terms, are to be supported for development policy reasons – this is because they often take innovative approaches and are based in regions that are relatively new to climate protection projects.

€2.50 is retained by the administrative office for its administrative work, for maintaining and updating the website and CO2 calculator and for PR work and other advertising activities.

Principles of compensation

Let us say that a certain amount of CO2 is emitted in some part of the world. At the same time, a climate protection project elsewhere seeks to avoid at least this volume of emissions – in other words, it compensates for it. This means that the total amount of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions is not reduced – rather, the emitted gases are “offset”, a process also known as “carbon offsetting”.

This principle is based on the notion that the concentration of climate-changing gases in the atmosphere is the decisive factor, regardless of where they were emitted. This sets climate change apart from other, more local environmental problems such as water and land pollution.

Services provided by Klima-Kollekte

Our CO2 calculator is available online for anyone who is interested in using it. It is based on regularly updated scientific data from the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) and the IFEU Institute. Here, it is possible to calculate the amount of climate-changing emissions generated, for instance, by a flight from Frankfurt to Nairobi – and then to offset these emissions. The customer either receives a printable invoice or pays directly via the KD-Bank’s online system.
If the level of emissions is already known, for instance through an organisation’s internal environmental management system, it can also be compensated without using the CO2 calculator. The direct Compensation tool on the website can be used for this purpose.
The customer pays a specific sum of money for the greenhouse gas emissions that are calculated. Following this, Klima-Kollekte invests this sum in climate protection projects run by its partners for the purpose of offsetting emissions. Focusing primarily on implementing projects in developing countries and Eastern Europe, contributions such as these are used to replace fossil fuel sources with renewable energies or to implement energy efficiency measures
All interested institutions and friends of Klima-Kollekte may wish to use the so-called "offsetting scale". This tool enables people to compare emissions in regard to different means of transport such as traveling by plane, car or public transport. You might want to display the scale for educational purpose or involve guest at a conference in climate related talks. Please give us a call or write an email to service@klima-kollekte.de and we will send the scale for free.There are no costs for the time that you use the scale, you only need to pay the transport back to our office.

What does climate justice mean?

Every person on Earth has the same right to make use of its atmosphere which, after all, is a public good. To prevent the planet’s climate from warming to more than 2 degrees over pre-industrial levels, it is necessary to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 (compared with reference year 1990), and by as much as 85-90% in Western industrial nations. The aim must be to keep pro capita emissions to a sustainable level.

Climate justice means that, in accordance with the “polluter pays” principle, countries that were instrumental in causing global warming are to be mainly responsible for dealing with the global consequences and damage of climate change. Climate change primarily affects countries in the Global South that contributed little to the problem and that do not have the financial means to meet the cost of the protective and adaptive measures that are required.

Climate justice also means respecting the environment and the rights of generations to come – rather than leaving future generations with equal or better environmental conditions, today’s CO2-intensive lifestyle means that future generations will have to deal with the largely unpredictable effects of climate change and with an environment that is no longer intact. From a Christian perspective, the dramatic loss of animal and plant biodiversity means that the human race has failed in its joint responsibility for preserving creation as a whole.

Who is eligible to offset?

Although we are geared primarily towards church-related organisations, anyone may offsett via Klima-Kollekte and the offer is open to all interested parties.
Examples of offsetting are the CO2 emissions generated when you fly to a holiday destination or go on inter-parish visits, or when your employees travel on business. Harmful emissions caused by events such as team building events, synods, conventions and church congresses are also offset by Klima-Kollekte.