The 2018/2019 year saw a slight increase in greenhouse gas emissions across the business. This has been largely the result of increased usage of purchased electricity, and a larger fleet across the business.
To balance this, we have continued to review the fleet to choose efficient vehicles, with employees encouraged to use e10 vehicles compared to higher octane petrol, as e10 has significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. The paper usage remains a focus for us, which we anticipate will improve dramatically in years to come, with the introduction of comprehensive paperless IT systems over the coming 12-18 months which will result in significantly less printing across the business.
In 2010 Mercy Services became a member of the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program. The Sustainability Advantage Program helps organisations understand sustainability and strengthen their environmental performance. The Program is a business support service from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). Mercy Services is committed to strengthen its environmental performance through collaboration with OEH. This collaboration has enabled Mercy Services to assess and address its sustainability issues.
Mercy Services established an Environmental Responsibility Fund for donations specifically to help us buy the equipment and services needed to reduce our impact on the environment.
This fund has raised $3,990 so far. You might want to click here for more information or to make a contribution towards our environmental initiatives.