Our Humanitarian and
Environmental Commitments

Managing our carbon offsets for a better future

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Doing Good

We’re as committed to the environment and the positive contribution that we can make in the world as we are to your profit margin!

We acknowledge the indisputable influence that our company and our industry have on the environment, and we’ve decided to take action. We are delighted to announce our carbon offset program for our renovation projects! This is a donation from YPP that we bear as a mark of our commitment to the environment. 

We’ve always been committed to sustainability and reducing waste during renovations. We make every attempt to recycle and repurpose goods and materials on all of our sites. However, by incorporating carbon offsetting into all of our restorations, we are expanding our commitment to minimising climate change and looking after the planet.

We are proud to partner with Beyond Neutral as the only renovation-for-profit company we know of in Australia offsetting their carbon emissions. As a commitment to our clients and the environment, we will offset two tonnes of carbon emissions for every $10,000 we spend on renovations.

As a YPP client, nominate from one of the four inspiring projects below to offset the carbon emissions footprint from your renovations. 

Carbon Projects

We’ve partnered with Beyond Neutral to ensure our credits not only reduce our carbon footprint but also assist in a wide range of humanitarian aids. All you have to do is decide which one you want us to support on your behalf!

On the day of completion, you’ll receive a Statement of Carbon Offset Retirement showing the amount of carbon we’ve offset on your behalf.

Purifiers for Safe Drinking Water in Rural Kenya

This unique program directly links carbon credits with safe drinking water by distributing millions of ‘LifeStraw® Family’ water purifying units across rural Kenya.

These water filters purify tainted drinking water, decreasing the need for traditional water treatment (boiling water with non-renewable firewood from forests).

At each point of use, the instant microbiological purifier units deliver 18,000 litres of EPA-quality drinking water, enough to supply a family of five with microbiologically clean drinking water for three years. This project saves 1.5 million tonnes of wood annually, which delays deforestation and preserves local biodiversity.

The LifeStraw® Family purifier unit requires no electricity or other consumables beyond the machine itself, and it greatly reduces the risk of diarrhoea, dysentery and severe dehydration in children under the age of five who use it exclusively.

This project is pioneered by LifeStraw, a socially conscious and carbon neutral company which has been creating innovative solutions for safe drinking water in developing countries for over 20 years.

Amazon Rainforest Preservation in Brazil

This forest preservation project protects over 53,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in a high deforestation risk region of the eastern Amazon basin in Brazil. Agriculture, mining and logging are the major deforestation drivers in this region, where it’s still socially acceptable for local landowners to cut down native forests to convert their land to agriculture.

As part of the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme, the Amazon Reforestation Consortium (ARC) REDD+ Project focuses on conserving native forest and helping local communities to find economically viable alternatives to converting forest areas to agriculture. It uses agroforestry training and builds the capacity and skills of local communities, creating alternative job opportunities and helping local landowner to sustainably manage their land.

This project has created new animal corridors and helps to conserve threatened plant and animal species by reducing habitat fragmentation. This project protects ten different habitat types containing over 300 tree species, 500 bird species and over 50 other animal species, including eight plant and 19 animal species which are threatened.

Southern Cardamom Rainforest Preservation Cambodia

This 445,339-hectare project encompasses parts of Southern Cardamom National Park and Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia. It protects the Indo-Burma Hotspot and a critical part of the Cardamom Mountains rainforest ecoregion – two of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet.

Despite its global importance, uncontrolled small-scale conversion of forest to agricultural land and plantations means that this area is now one of South East Asia’s most threatened forest landscapes. With a lack of local employment opportunities, rural communities depend on small-scale agricultural production to support their livelihood, so creating alternative livelihoods is critical to protecting the forest.

Under the United Nations scheme of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), the Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project promotes climate change mitigation and adaptation, maintains biodiversity and creates alternative livelihoods for local communities. This program uses community development and education initiatives to help local communities to switch to more sustainable livelihoods, such as community-based ecotourism. It also offers scholarships to school-aged children in local villages to increase education rates, as this has been identified as a critical driver of deforestation.

The Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project supports the livelihoods of 4000 families in villages around the perimeter of the project area. It employs 98 rangers and has established a 25-person community anti-poaching team to patrol the project area and stop illegal logging. It safeguards crucial forest habitats for 17 endangered and severely endangered species including Asian elephants, Asiatic black bears, sun bears, giant spotted civets and clouded leopards, and avoids the release of hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions from deforestation.

Protecting the Kasigau Corridor Forests in Kenya

This project, called The Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase II – The Community Ranches, builds on Phase I of the project, which has been protecting forests, flora and fauna in Kenya since 2006. Phase II focuses on creating alternative livelihoods for the surrounding communities, which have traditionally relied on slash and burn subsistence agriculture and the illegal charcoal trade, which destroy native forests.

Classified as a mega-project, Phase II protects a 169,741-hectare corridor of tropical dryland primary forest between the Tsavo East and West National Parks in Kenya and includes the ranches of 13 Indigenous community ownership groups. The project area contains trees estimated to be over 300 years old, over 50 large mammal species including cheetahs, lions and elephants, and over 20 bat and 300 bird species.

The project creates sustainable employment opportunities for local communities through community-run businesses and initiatives such as:

  • an organic clothing factory that trains and employs young women to sew, dye and screen-print organic cotton clothing for export to the USA and Europe
  • community-based eco-charcoal production as an alternative to charcoal sourced from primary forests
  • organic nurseries selling citrus trees and jojoba, with proceeds funding free native hardwood seedlings for local farmers
  • training and employment in eco-tourism as safari guides and other service jobs and in sustainable agroforestry practices, and
  • training and employment for local rangers to patrol and protect the forests, along with community wildlife scouts who are funded, trained and supported to monitor and deter illegal activity such as charcoal burning, bushmeat hunting and commercial poaching.

This project also funds local school construction and maintenance as well as bursary schemes to boost local education levels. It avoids 1.29 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

You can read more about these wonderful projects on the the Beyond Neutral website.