Carbon Neutral Plus
As part of our ongoing commitment to mitigating climate change, we have developed our own carbon reduction policy, 'Carbon Neutral Plus'. Not only do we offset all our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, but from 2015/16 onwards we are 'doubling our offset effort' - for every tonne of carbon we emit, we purchase and voluntarily surrender two carbon offsets. This is an added incentive for us to both minimise our carbon footprint and create a net carbon benefit.
Our recent offset purchases include the April Salumei PNG REDD Project for Scope 1 & 2 emissions and China Wind for Scope 3.
Memberships and Programs
The team at Ndevr Environmental are proud to be involved with the following:
- Carbon Market Institute: The Carbon Market Institute (CMI) is an independent membership-based not-for-profit organisation. As the peak body for carbon market participants, CMI has established an important role in the evolution of the carbon market in Australia. The Institute facilitates the networks, knowledge exchange and commercial interaction amongst key government policy makers and regulators, industry, financiers and investors, professional services companies and technology solution providers.
- Australian Environmental Business Network: The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) is Australia’s peak organisation that specialises in representing industry, business and councils across Australia, on environmental and energy matters likely to impact your organisation and business operations.
- Future Business Council: The Future Business Council represents the interests of the innovative, sustainable and resilient businesses that will define our future economy. Members are leading companies that know the world is rapidly changing and understand a new approach is needed for business to survive and thrive this century.
- TAKE2: Ndevr Environmental has pledged to “TAKE-2” as part of the Victorian climate change pledge to act now to keep the temperature rise to under two degrees.
Ndevr Charity Fundraising
The team at Ndevr Environmental in partnership with our parent company recently completed the Walk to End Cancer 2-day 60km walk through Melbourne, which raised $2.8 Million for the Peter MacCullum Cancer Centre. A big thank you to everyone who supported us through sponsorship, donations, attending the trivia fundraiser, and a big shout out to those who came to cheer/ walk with/ supply coffee on the day, it was very much appreciated! Despite the sore legs in the office Monday - it was a great weekend and a very worthy cause.
Ndevr Workplace Giving Program
As part of our workplace giving program we have donated funds to World Vision Australia for two projects with carbon mitigation and social benefits. We have an arrangement with World Vision that allows any funds to be directed in entirety towards the projects. Our donation will now directly impact around 120 households or about 600 people in Ethiopia and Peru and also reduce emissions by over 200 tonnes per year. We also provide significant in-kind support for World Vision on various carbon related projects.
In 2013 we purchased and voluntarily surrendered 100 VCS units from a Tasmanian native forest protection project. We did this on behalf of our valued clients and surrendered the units in their names to recognise their support during the year.
Energy Efficient Cook Stoves Program in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa with a population estimated at more than 93 million. Wood is the most important energy source for household cooking, particularly in rural areas where alternative fuel sources are either unavailable or unaffordable. The vast majority of cooking is done using open fires, which are extremely inefficient. Accordingly, wood fuel resources are wasted and health problems associated with high indoor air pollution are common. The use of wood as the primary fuel source has also resulted in significant environmental degradation, leaving less than three percent of Ethiopia’s land covered by forest.
This project aims to distribute 95,000 fuel-efficient stoves to rural households, to reduce inefficient consumption of wood, to limit environmental degradation, and to reduce health problems associated with present practices.
Local Ethiopian Woman Cooking on a Traditional Open Fire.
... and with an Improved Stove Providing Less Smoke.
Accessing Carbon Markets to Improve Livelihoods
The Yanaoca district, Peru, is one of the poorest in the country, experiencing high levels of child mortality and malnutrition. Environmental degradation is a major factor contributing to food shortages and lack of diversity of produce in the area. World Vision is addressing these issues through community reforestation and accessing carbon finance and improving livelihoods to ensure long-term sustainability of the project.
The project aims to plant around 1.5 million trees across 1,200 hectares of degraded grazing lands to mitigate environmental degradation, increase household incomes, and to sequester carbon into the landscape. This will be achieved through the establishment of nurseries in each of the participating communities, producing a range of trees including exotic pines for timber production, native species to establish conservation areas and increase biodiversity, and fruit trees to help combat malnutrition and increase family incomes.
Ndevr Environmental Support
Ndevr Environmental has kindly supported this project by providing a cash donation to enable the purchase of the chaquitaclla tool. This tool will be used to dig holes for planting trees and will also be used by families when performing their agricultural work. World Vision is very grateful for the support Ndevr Environmental has provided which will help the families achieve their goals within this project.
Community Members Benefiting From the Project.
The Chaquitaclla Tool.