We are committed to focusing our energy and resources for the benefit of current and future customers, and wider society.
From air pollution in Europe to water shortages in Australia, there is a growing recognition that good health is dependent on a healthy environment.
We are committed to monitoring, managing and reducing our environmental impact. In order to do this in our hospitals, care homes, wellness centres and offices, we have globally monitored and managed carbon emissions since 2009. From renewable energy to water recycling, many of our businesses around the world have also trialled and adopted leading-edge environmental practices to reduce our impact on the environment. We are encouraged by our progress so far, but we recognise that there is more work to be done.
In 2010, we set ourselves the ambitious target of reducing our carbon footprint by 20% by 2015, based on our 2009 footprint. Collecting data from hundreds of sites in five Market Units around the world is not an insignificant task. We were very proud to be the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification in 2013, for the completeness and accuracy of our carbon data.
Our business continues to grow organically and through acquisition, challenging us to reduce gross carbon emissions. Our carbon data has been adjusted to reflect business growth, including the major acquisitions of LUX MED in Poland and Dental Corporation in Australia and globally, our revised data indicates that we have been successful in reducing absolute gross global carbon emissions by 6% since 2009 - a significant achievement.
"To meet our 20% target by 2015, we have established a fund of £20 million to invest in energy saving measures during 2014."
To meet our 20% target by 2015, we have established a fund of £20 million to invest in energy saving measures during 2014. Successful carbon reduction initiatives will be developed and repeated across our businesses. We will also be rolling out a global carbon management tool to drive greater carbon management and reduction, and support ambitious projects that will further accelerate our carbon reduction performance.
These activities will enable us to meet our commitments to reduce our carbon footprint and support the delivery of extraordinary business growth, in line with our Bupa 2020 vision, and deliver on our purpose of longer, healthier, happier lives.