Asteron turned off the lights on its floors and building sign from 7pm on Friday 28 March, and kept them off until 7pm on Monday 31 March, in support of Earth Hour - 8pm to 9pm Saturday 29 March.
This year Earth Hour was supported by at least 50 million people around the globe, as households, businesses and landmarks switched off their lights in a statement against climate change1.
The Asteron building sign, at 321 Kent Street in Sydney's CBD was switched off as part of Asteron's commitment to minimising its impact on the environment.
Asteron's participation in Earth Hour is just one initiative aimed to reduce energy consumption and encourage greater awareness of climate change issues among employees and customers.
During the 2006 fit-out of the Sydney head office, Asteron adopted low-energy lighting, on motion sensors, that automatically switch off at 7pm. In addition, the Asteron building sign uses maintenance-free energy efficient neon globes that use less energy than the alternative toxic fluoro bulbs used in many other building signs.
The Asteron sign also runs off transformers, which use the least amount of power possible for a sign that is seen from Pyrmont and Darling Harbour.
Asteron is part of the wealth management arm of the Suncorp Group.
1. 'Our gift to the world' Sydney Morning Herald 31 March 2008, www.smh.com.au
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