As part of our commitment to supporting a healthy planet, we have pledged to reduce our carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2015.
Globally, over 85% of Bupa’s carbon emissions relate to energy use, including electricity and gas. Energy reduction and efficiency programs have been prioritised across Bupa, particularly in our Care Homes in the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
Our care homes in Australia have also achieved significant reductions in carbon emissions through incentivising behaviour change and making changes to buildings, including improved insulation, light timers and energy monitors. In a single month one of our care homes saved 10,000 kilowatt hours of energy while also offering financial savings for the business. Overall carbon reductions in our Australian care homes are over 10% and rising.
In our corporate and retail offices, we also recognise our impact on the environment and work with external environmental auditors to minimise our impact. Our energy reporting system allows us to monitor and collate Bupa’s energy and greenhouse outputs.
This helps us understand and manage our true environmental impact and develop realistic plans to measure and reduce our CO2 footprint. Bupa also regularly completes the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) on our corporate offices with most of them rating 4 stars or over.
Overall Bupa is striving to improve our environmental impact through:
Bupa employees are reminded and encouraged to: