Leading provider in aged care, disability, community services, early learning and mental health services, Uniting NSW.ACT has set a net zero carbon target for 2040 to support the future of the planet.
The carbon neutral goal has seen the employer of more than 9000 people already achieve some ambitious targets since commencing the business sustainably journey in 2009.
Uniting Chief Executive Tracey Burton said the organisation has partnered with the NSW Sustainability Advantage program and the Aged Care Cluster to understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) and their application to Uniting’s work.
“We are passionate about reducing our carbon footprint and have been carefully monitoring our environmental impacts when building, operating, maintaining, and improving our buildings and retirement communities across NSW and the ACT,” Burton said.
Uniting’s record in emissions reduction is strong.
Between 2010 and 2021, Uniting has reduced its carbon emissions by 26 per cent through solar panel systems, energy efficient lighting, other energy efficiency initiatives and better buildings through sustainability design and construction initiatives.
“We have 9760 solar panels on the roofs of 34 services across NSW and the ACT, making us one of the largest renewable energy generators in the aged care industry,” Burton explained.
“During the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak it is also our highest period of power demand which allows us to use solar for washing, meal preparation and air conditioning.”
Uniting is part of the Uniting Church’s Synod of NSW and the ACT and says it has always been a strong advocate in acting on climate change and urges the wise use of energy and the protection of the environment for future generations’ use and enjoyment.
“With our sustainability goals in train and policy to replace all petrol vehicles with electric fleet or carbon offset vehicles by 2027 we are on the right track to achieving our goal of achieving a zero carbon target for 2040,” Burton said.
To find out more about the sustainability goals of Uniting click here.