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Supporting a healthy planet

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:

  • timers for lights, air conditioning, vending machines and hot water boilers
  • power-saving devices such as lighting sensors and energy-efficient light fittings
  • recycling of office waste
  • video and teleconferencing to reduce air travel
  • default double-sided printing
  • printer cartridge recycling
  • green procurement solutions including purchasing green products and carbon neutral paper
  • thermal blinds to reduce energy loss through windows
  • car fleet reduction - Bupa has moved the majority of its car fleet to 4 cylinder petrol vehicles, which has seen a reduction in fuel usage and CO2 emissions
  • green retail centres which include sustainable designs including energy efficient lighting, water-saving fittings and non-toxic paints and finishes
  • partnering with suppliers for our printing requirements using a mix of 100% recycled and environmentally sustainable (FSC and  COC) papers.

Bupa employees are reminded and encouraged to:

  • turn of their computers, monitors and printers when they leave the office
  • think before printing and if necessary ensuring it is double sided and black and white
  • turn off lights at the end of the day
  • take the stairs instead of the lift
  • use coffee mugs in place of disposable cups