With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.
National ENERGY GLOBE Award Australia 2019
Uniting Care, is a not-for-profit health and community services provider, has embarked on a large-scale energy conservation project to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the energy efficiency of its 460 sites. The AU$4 million project includes a suite of energy conservation measures (ECMs) such as smart meters, solar photovoltaic panels, appliance timers, LED lighting and universal HVAC remote controls.
With more than 460 sites and 26,500 staff and volunteers, Uniting Care was using more than 81 million kilowatt hours each year from the Queensland electricity grid. This fossil-fuel based grid is carbon intensive, producing 800 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilowatt hour (for comparison, the grid intensities of Austria and the United Kingdom are approximately 290g and 200g, respectively.) Consequently, Uniting Care’s electricity use accounts for more than 80% of its carbon footprint.
The overall objective of the energy conservation project is to reduce Uniting Care’s carbon footprint, by reducing electricity use and increasing renewable energy generation. The pursuit of this goal is primarily motivated by the principle of environmental stewardship, which is embedded in Uniting Care’s history and mission.
The ranking matrix developed by Uniting Care was an innovative approach to assessing and prioritizing ECMs in the face of the organizational challenges highlighted in Part 3A. Uniting Care invested 0.0023% of its revenue in sustainability. For context, this puts Uniting Care far ahead of two of Australia’s largest companies, Woolworths (0.0003%) and Coles (0.0002%), which both have active internal sustainability programs