Bupa has announced it has adopted two milestones in its aim to become a net-zero business by 2040 and join the UN’s 'Race to Zero' campaign.
The company that its first step to achieving net-zero emissions by 2040 has been the adoption of science-based targets that are aligned to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees celsius.
The targets are being validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Bupa said it is joining the Race to Zero campaign official healthcare partner, Health Care Without Harm.
According to Bupa Group CEO Iñaki Ereño, “Our commitment to the most ambitious emissions reduction pathway establishes an important path for Bupa’s future, ensuring customers across the world continue to receive high-quality healthcare and services, while we play our part in protecting the planet.
“People’s health and the health of the planet are intrinsically linked, and the latest science has made it clear that decisive action must be taken to avoid the most significant impacts of climate change.
“We understand that delivering healthcare has an environmental impact driven by the sector’s carbon contribution. That’s why we are accelerating our work to significantly reduce our own impact. We also have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to improve understanding about how human health is impacted by the environment, and we will use our global position to educate and advocate for both healthy people and a healthy planet.”
Bupa’s chief sustainability and people officer, Nigel Sullivan, added, “These commitments exemplify Bupa’s refreshed purpose – helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world.
“Our targets are aligned to keep global warming to no more than 1.5°C, highlighting that we can be leaders in healthcare, while also in making a positive impact on the environment.
"Setting targets is just the beginning. To deliver our Net Zero strategy, we understand that bringing others with us on this journey will be critical: our customers, our people, suppliers and our healthcare partners.”
According to Josh Karliner, international director of program and strategy, Health Care Without Harm, “We are honoured to welcome Bupa to a growing global movement of healthcare institutions joining Race to Zero. As a large international organisation with facilities around the world, Bupa's commitment to transform its operations and reach net-zero emissions demonstrates healthcare climate leadership in action.”