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Where it all began

Our Story

How gut-wrenching stories, grass roots experiences and the drought ridden Aussie terrain led to the co-founding of Ndevr Environmental.

Managing Director, Matt Drum

“In 2006 I took a graduate position with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Canberra. One of my first roles was to travel the country speaking to farmers who were suffering horrendous conditions at the height of the Millennium drought, to see if they were eligible for the Government’s drought assistance package. We crisscrossed the country to speak to farmers where I sat in on town hall meetings and had endless discussions around utes and farm sheds about the struggles they faced. Farmers both young and old shared stories of their desperation and the seemingly insurmountable struggles they were having over the changing climatic conditions and their catastrophic effects. From the shock of hearing our farmers talking about suicide, or neighbours that recently had; to those who choked back tears when describing how they’d worked their whole lives but had now lost everything, was confronting, to say the least.

It became abundantly clear witnessing first-hand the struggles of these farmers, and travelling the barren, desert-like landscapes across the country, that climate change was ‘a thing’. It was real and it was impacting lives, and I came to understand it was the big issue facing humanity. That was the trigger that would set me on the path to dedicate my career to understanding climate change and doing something about it any way I could.

I took on a role developing policies for the Federal Government in the Department of Climate Change and particularly the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting program. After five years in public service, I felt I could make more impact in the private sector and moved to co-found Ndevr Environmental back in 2010. Over the past decade, we’ve built up a national team of passionate and committed experts, who also recognise the need to act and to act quickly to drive the transition towards a sustainable future. We knew real impact could come if we worked with big business and big emitters, to help them navigate legislation, and more importantly look for opportunities to reduce emissions and to reduce emissions at scale, so that’s something we’ve specialised in.

Along the way we’ve navigated dozens of policy changes and experienced the evolution of the business environment. We’ve partnered with both business and government to drive emissions reductions, facilitate emissions reporting, embrace renewable energy and create a positive impact on broader sustainability issues. We also now have a focus on human rights off the back of the clear links on those most impacted by climate change, also being the most likely victims of modern slavery and other human rights infringements.

It’s been an interesting ride to say the least, but I have to admit this is the most exciting time I have ever experienced in the industry. The world is shifting before my eyes in ways I had hoped for but not expected so quickly. Investment is retreating from the old energy sources to the new at incredible speeds, the world’s largest car manufacturers have set end dates for internal combustion engines and the incumbent energy giants are scrambling to find their place in the inevitable clean energy future. We’ve got a long way to go, but I really feel momentum is now unstoppable and with a team of driven and passionate change-makers alongside me, together we are achieving our mission every day – to help business transition to a sustainable future by contributing to climate action for the earth and its people.”  

Matt Drum

Managing Director

Matt Drum

Ndevr Environmental was co-founded in 2010 by Matt Drum, Maureen Clifford and Maureen Gunn.

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    ATIYAH

    CARBON NEUTRAL PRODUCT

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    ORIGIN

    CARBON NEUTRAL ORGANISATION & PRODUCT

    Responsible business is at the heart of what Intrepid does. Intrepid has been a pioneer in measuring and reporting carbon emissions since 2010. When it joined the Climate Active family in 2018, it became the largest global provider of carbon neutral certified travel adventures and the first company to voluntarily include all global operations in its certification.

    NEXTDC

    CARBON NEUTRAL ORGANISATION & PRODUCT NEXTDC are one of Australia‘s most trusted providers of data centre solutions. Since 2018 we’ve been assisting them with their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting and in March 2021, the company broke ground with the launch of NEXTneutral, an innovative Climate Active-compliant colocation opt-in program for their customers. Learn more.

    GOODMAN

    COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY
    Goodman Group is an ASX20 global property expert in logistics and business space. It owns, develops and manages industrial property in 17 countries. We provide strategic advisory on Goodman’s operational GHG inventory and trajectory, the GHG intensity of its investment portfolio, net zero pathway and carbon neutral certification, as well as the renewable energy delivery strategy.

    ISPT

    PROPERTY FUND MANAGEMENT
    ISPT is one of Australia’s largest unlisted property fund managers, with over $11.9 billion of funds under management. We assist ISPT with its net zero pathway, land-based offset strategy as well as maintaining its carbon neutral certification. When ISPT joined the Climate Active network, it pioneered many concepts. It became the first participant under Climate Active to voluntarily include base building operations on all its owned and operated properties into its organisational certification and, as an industry first, procured 100% Australian Carbon Credit Offset Units (ACCUs).

    BHP

    METALS & MINING
    BHP is an ASX listed, world-leading resources company and are among the world’s top producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. They also have substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal. We assist BHP comply with energy and greenhouse gas legislation and advise facilities on matters related to energy use and production emissions.

    Intrepid

    TRAVEL
    Intrepid Travel is the largest small group adventure travel company in the world. Responsible business is at the heart of what Intrepid does. We assist Intrepid with their Human Rights reporting obligations as well as many aspects of its GHG accounting and reporting. This includes its Science-based target (SBT), making them the first tour operator with approved SBT. When Intrepid joined the Climate Active family in 2018, it became the largest global provider of carbon neutral certified travel adventures and the first company to voluntarily include all global operations in its certification.

    LION

    BEVERAGES
    Lion is a global beverage company with a portfolio of brands in beer, cider, wine, spirits, seltzers, and non-alcoholic drinks. Lion has four large and four small Australian breweries, and its brands include XXXX, GOLD, Tooheys New, and Little Creatures. We assisted Lion to become Australia’s first large-scale brewer to be certified as carbon neutral under Climate Active in 2020.

    QANTAS Airline

    AIRLINE
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    ORICA

    METALS & MINING
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    Fulton Hogan

    CONSTRUCTION
    Fulton Hogan has more than 80 years experience in the transport, water, energy, mining, civil construction and land development infrastructure in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.
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    TOYOTA AUSTRALIA

    AUTOMOTIVE
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    H&H Group / Swisse Wellness

    CONSUMER GOODS
    H&H Group is a global health and nutrition company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Consumer brands include Biostime, Solid Gold Pet, Dodie, Good Goût, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, CBII, and Swisse Wellness, a vitamin, supplement, and skincare brand, born in Australia in 1969. We have been working with Swisse and the group on many aspects of its GHG accounting and reporting, including the ongoing management of its Climate Active certification.

    AGL ENERGY

    ENERGY
    AGL is one of Australia’s leading energy companies offering electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services, plus internet and mobile plans. We have assisted AGL for over five years on a variety of activities including audit and assurance projects.

    VIVA ENERGY

    ENERGY
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