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Illuminating the future with solar power and LED lighting

Mercy Community is heading towards a cleaner, greener future with LED lighting and a new solar energy project now underway. 

With World Sustainable Energy Days 2024 highlighting a need for fast, smart, and resilient power solutions, we are proud to be playing our part – not only as a torchbearer for the People and Planet Initiative but by embracing cutting edge technology. 

The latest figures reveal just over 75% of our sites have now been converted to energy-efficient LED lighting – heading towards a target of 90% by the start of 2026. 

Meanwhile, work has begun to develop suitable options for an exciting solar initiative. 

Mercy Community’s Chief Risk Officer Tim Nayton said the move towards greater organisational sustainability was essential. 

“Our goal is not to just care for people, but to also care for the planet they inhabit,” he said. 

“The solar project will contribute to a significant reduction in carbon emissions and aligns with our values of environmental stewardship and responsible resource use. 

“Lighting also plays an important role in reducing our carbon footprint as well as creating a conducive and comfortable living space for our aged care residents. 

“With LED lighting we are not just illuminating spaces for the well-being of residents; we are making a conscious choice towards energy efficiency. 

“It’s a tangible step towards a more sustainable future and demonstrates Mercy Community’s commitment to the People and Planet Initiative.” 

LED lighting boasts numerous benefits, including significantly lower energy consumption, longer lifespan, and reduced environmental impact. 

Mercy Community’s LED bulbs are progressively replacing traditional bulbs across all facilities. 

Mr Nayton said: “When a bulb goes, we change it with an LED one if the fixture will permit, and when a light fixture itself fails we replace it with an LED fixture. 

“We estimate this progressive process will see us reach our 90% target within the next two years, embracing a brighter and greener tomorrow for everyone. 

“Our residents deserve the best, and the best includes a living environment that respects and nurtures their well-being. 

“By incorporating sustainable practices, we are not just caring for the people under our roof but also acknowledging our responsibility to the planet we all call home.” 

The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2024 is an event organised by the Upper Austria Regional Energy Agency. 

Scheduled from 5 to 8 March in Wels, Austria, it aims to tackle global energy challenges, such as price fluctuations, geopolitical instabilities, and the ongoing climate crisis. 

Top tips to reduce your energy consumption 

Reducing energy consumption not only helps the environment but can also lead to cost savings.  

Here’s some tips to help you get started: 

Click here to learn more about Mercy Community’s People and Planet initiative.

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