Fletcher welcomes BUPA's Carbon Trust certification
International healthcare group Bupa has become the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification.
The Carbon Trust assessed and certified Bupa’s carbon footprint over a three year period across 11 countries, looking at data from hundreds of sites in five market units. In total, almost half a million tonnes of CO2 were measured over the three years. Bupa has reduced its absolute carbon footprint by over 6,200 tonnes across the certification period, resulting in significant savings in energy costs around the world.
The certified reduction reinforces Bupa’s intention to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015.
Stuart Fletcher, ceo, Bupa (pictured above), commented: “Reducing the energy we use, and the carbon it generates, positively impacts the rates of asthma and other illnesses by reducing particulate pollution – which is crucial for us a healthcare company.
“Achieving certification and reducing our carbon footprint are the result of more than £8m of investment in carbon reduction projects. By sharing environmental expertise across our offices, care homes, clinics, hospitals and other facilities worldwide, we have been able to make the right first steps, and we are committed to accelerating our progress over the next few years.”
Bupa is set to invest a further £10m in carbon reduction projects by the end of 2013. Key Bupa initiatives include installing new BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems), renewable technologies, boilers, insulation and energy efficient lighting.