Bupa Hong Kong has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification as part of its strategy to become a Net Zero business by 2040.
The certification recognises companies that achieve high-level energy efficiency and waste reduction and enhance employee wellbeing. Bupa’s Hong Kong office, located at The Quayside building, underwent a thorough assessment to achieve the LEED certification.
The company’s office design incorporates cutting-edge technology, sustainable materials, and innovative solutions which reduce the office’s energy consumption to 28% lower than the baseline. This was achieved by optimising the design of all electrical, lighting, and mechanical systems and is equivalent to a savings of 170,608 kWh.
The company achieved a 50% reduction in water consumption by choosing water fixtures certified by the Hong Kong Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme Grade. Other environmentally friendly features include human-centric lighting that adjusts light intensity to employees’ body clocks, the use of sustainable materials, and an effective metering system to monitor, report and optimise energy consumption.
Bupa has also partnered with CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd (CLP) to source clean energy. This initiative is expected to result in annual savings of over 1,500 tonnes of CO2e, equivalent to taking approximately 340 cars off the road.
Fiona Harris, Managing Director of Bupa Hong Kong, expressed her company’s pride at receiving the globally recognised certification, commenting: “This achievement validates our efforts in creating an eco-friendly workplace that positively impacts both our employees and the environment.”
She added, “LEED-certified buildings aim to raise the standards in reducing carbon footprint and embracing green technology. These principals align perfectly with our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, where we focus on areas where we can drive the greatest impact for ‘making a better world’ that is core to our purpose.”
The Quayside building is already a LEED Platinum-certified building and Bupa said it selected this location for its Hong Kong office because of its commitment to sustainability.