Bupa Asia Pacific (APAC) today announced that all its locations across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong are now supplied by 100% renewable electricity, including its entire 2023 electricity usage.
This is a significant milestone in Bupa’s ambition to become a Net Zero business by 2040 and comes primarily through renewable power purchasing agreements (PPA), plus GreenPower government-accredited renewable electricity retail contracts and the purchase and retirement of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) across the region.
Through this investment in renewable electricity, it is estimated more than 26,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) will be removed from the atmosphere annually – the equivalent of taking around 6,000 cars off the road each year.
Roger Sharp, Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer, Bupa APAC, said this achievement was made possible as a result of a dedicated focus on finding solutions to support a healthy planet for healthy people.
“The healthcare sector is responsible for approximately 4 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. So, as a healthcare organisation, we recognise our responsibility to play a role to play in reducing Bupa’s impact on the environment,” Roger said.
“We want our customers and employees to know that when they visit any Bupa clinic, retail store, corporate office or aged care home across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, that it is 100% powered by renewable electricity.
“Along with the passion and dedication of our people, we couldn’t have delivered such a significant reduction in Bupa APAC’s carbon emissions without committed and supportive partners such as Pacific Blue, CLP Power Hong Kong and Ecotricity,” Roger added.
Bupa continues to support ongoing programs and campaigns to enable our people and customers to reduce their carbon footprint and promote biodiversity. This includes Bupa Foundation partnerships, relationships with the start-up community, a greater focus on energy efficiency and Bupa’s Healthy Cities program which this year provided AUD$1 million in funding for environmental projects across Asia Pacific while promoting healthy lifestyles.
“Across Bupa, there’s a growing understanding that every act counts and through more of these ‘small steps’ we can achieve major environmental benefits across our Asia Pacific and global network.
“As a result of this work, we remain on track to achieve our 2025 carbon reduction targets. These are big wins, but there remains a lot of work to do as we strive to become a true Net Zero emissions business,” Roger said.
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Bupa is an international healthcare group which has been committed to a purpose of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world for more than 70 years.
Bupa Asia Pacific operates in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, supporting about 7.3 million customers through a broad range of health and care services including health insurance, aged care, dental, medical, optical and hearing services.
Employing more than 22,000 people in the region, we believe that we can make a real difference to the lives of customers through our values, purpose and the way that we deliver personalised care.
Over the past 17+ years we have invested more than AUD$36 million in partnerships and programs focused on improving health of communities across Australia.