Arup’s interest-only solar loans encourage employees to join the 100% renewable revolution and shape a better world, says the firm’s Regional Corporate Communications Manager, Lisa Gardner.
Since 1963, when Arup’s team first arrived in Australia to work on the Sydney Opera House, the engineering and design firm has influenced some of our nation’s most iconic buildings – many of them setting new benchmarks for sustainability.
Today, Arup has more than 2,000 employees in Australia, each of them delivering projects and inspiring ideas that support a sustainable, low-carbon future.
A CitySwitch signatory since 2005, Arup’s Sydney and Melbourne use 100% renewable energy, and the firm is always looking for innovative ways to extend its emissions-reduction efforts.
Arup offers interest-free loans of up to $5,000 to employees looking to invest in solar – whether that’s photovoltaics, hot water systems or battery storage.
“We came up with the idea in a brainstorming session, as we regularly canvas our people for ideas for how we can be more sustainable,” Lisa explains.
“The idea of offering solar loans was perfect as it aligns with our approach to sustainable development. We want to walk the talk as a firm, and to enable our people to also do that.”
Any of Arup’s Australian employees can access interest-free solar loans, and 11 people have already seized the opportunity. A further 16 people have accessed interest-free bike loans of up to $2,000 to harness pedal power.
Arup hopes the program’s early success is a signal of things to come.
“We’ve received a lot of positive internal feedback and are now promoting the loans and benefits program to both new and existing employees.”
What’s Lisa’s advice to other CitySwitch members who may be considering a similar offer?
“Make sure any benefits program is aligned with your organisation’s values. We saw this as a way we can shape a better world – and that is what Arup is about.”
CitySwitch’s Positive Power campaign recognises that small actions can add up to big savings. And big actions – like committing to the 100% renewable revolution – can save both businesses and families money while helping us build a better future. Find out more about how you make the switch to renewable energy.