Dental insurance agency goes green

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Dental Protection has announced significant progress towards achieving net zero emissions in its operations by 2027.

In its published 2023 annual report, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) sets out the progress it is making at both Medical Protection and Dental Protection towards achieving its goals to reduce its environmental impact.

The 2023 annual report states across the entire MPS estate:

  • 99.9 per cent use of renewable energy.
  • 71 per cent reduction in energy consumption and 98 per cent drop in Biogas usage from 2022. 
  • 93 per cent reduction in Scope 1 carbon emissions (direct emissions from things like air conditioning units, gas heating systems and company cars) and Scope 2 (indirect) carbon emissions.
  • Use of FSC-certified carbon balanced paper to help World Land Trusts protect 1,754m2 of critically threatened tropical rainforest.
  • Saving of 75,269kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through sustainable printing and donating or recycling redundant technology, equivalent to 3146 new trees planted, taking 32 cars off the road for a year or grounding 76 long haul flights from London Heathrow to New York City.

This progress was warmly welcomed by dentist and new MPS Council chair Dr Graham Stokes. 

“We recognise our responsibilities not only to members and colleagues, but to the planet, our communities and to future generations to come,” Dr Stokes said.

“We know making the right choices for the planet is increasingly important to our members, and it is important to us. Our members can rely on us to be there for them in their professional journey as well as to do our part in creating a greener, more sustainable future for the healthcare industry.

“We take great care in how we invest our funds and we have set a new bold net zero target by 2027,” Dr Stokes added.

“We are proud of the progress we have made, including our public commitment to incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into our investment decision-making and ownership practices. Dental Protection, as part of MPS, is the only indemnity provider that is a signatory to the internationally recognised United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing.”

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