Printed Date: 06/03/2021

Green

Energy & Environment

In 2019, GLL continued our work on key environmental objectives through the delivery of our Strategic Action Plan as well as the corporate plan. The key principles of reducing carbon emissions and energy use remain core agenda items. Other actions completed in 2019 included:

  • Successfully certified 11 GLL premises over 3 partnerships to the updated Environmental Standard ISO14001:2015 including the addition of St Austell Leisure Centre in Cornwall.
  • Delivery of numerous energy capital investments across the business.
  • GLL now generates renewable energy from 51 sources, Including 40 Solar PV installations, 6 Solar Thermal arrays, 4 Biomass boilers and an Air Source Heat Pump.
  • Renewable electricity generation in 2019 totalled over 1.27m kWh. With 847,000kWh of renewable heat.
  • 48 Combined Heat & Power units were active in 2019, using natural gas to generate low Carbon heat and over 17m kWh of electricity and over 28m kWh of heat locally for premises.
  • Electricity generation from Low Carbon and Renewable sources has helped reduce GLL’s Carbon Footprint and lowers the amount of electricity and gas consumed via the National Grid.
  • Implementation of a new water retail contract covering all GLL premises has been completed in 2019 which has increased efficiencies in administration and also included automatic meter logging for the largest premises in each of GLL’s regions. Further roll out of meter loggers will be reviewed in 2020.

Environmental Legislation Compliance in 2019

  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) submission completed to the Environment Agency and GLL fully complied with the legislation.
  • Display Energy Certificates have been produced and displayed at all applicable GLL premises.
  • CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme - Annual report completed in line with statutory requirements.
  • Streamline Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) Regulations came into force in April 2019 to replace CRC. GLL has completed a draft report and put in place robust methodology and procedures to comply as required.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

  • In July 2019, GLL registered a CRC Annual footprint of 70,657 t/CO2e in the final year of the scheme (2018/19).
  • The CRC Scheme has now ended and final reporting and the surrender of allowances will took place between July and October 2019.

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) Regulations

  • New legislation to replace the CRC scheme has been put in place under the Companies (Directors Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy & Carbon Reporting) Regulations 2018. GLL is committed to complying with the new Regulations as required.  Due to GLL’s reporting year starting before 1st April 2019, GLL is not required to submit a report for 2019.
  • However, as good practice an energy and carbon report have been compiled to give baseline data and put in place compliant systems and procedures.
  • The regulations require large businesses to measure and report on its total Carbon Footprint covering emissions from direct gas and fossil fuel combustion (Scope 1), electricity and delivered heat (Scope 2) as well as business and staff travel (Scope 3)
  • GLL’s Total measured footprint was 85,495 (t/CO2e)

Continuous Investments

GLL continues to invest in Carbon saving technologies. For example:

  • A BEMS (Building Energy Management System) Bureau has been implemented across 71 of GLL’s largest energy consuming facilities.  With a dedicated Bureau manager reviewing the operational parameters at each facility and identifying changes that can be made to improve operational efficiency.
  • Further roll out is planned for 2020 with the aim of monitoring over 100 GLL premises.
  • LED Lighting replacement Swindon Link and Dorcan Recreation Centre.
  • Innovative shower installations have been completed at a number of premises in the West Region and at London Aquatics centre to reduce water usage and heating requirements while maintaining the customer experience.  Water usage through the showers dropped by 37%.
  • The link in Swindon has also benefitted from the installation of Variable speed drives, upgrading of the BMS and controls system as well as a significant investment into a more efficient plant set up.
  • The Cornwall partnership has completed a number of “spend to save” items including boiler upgrades and new efficient air handling units.
  • Roll out of GLL’s Automatic Metering project has been underway with the target of having all GLL gas and electricity meters being read automatically and the data and reporting available to Managers and suppliers for more accurate billing and consumption analysis.
  • 145 out of approx. 240 eligible gas meters and 284 out of a target of 324 meters currently have data on line covering 87% of GLL’s electrical usage and 60% of the gas.  The final meters will be exchanged in early 2020 to give 100% coverage.
  • Other investments have been completed by the regional teams including Pool cover installations and replacements, Variable speed drives and boiler upgrades.

Other investments and projects highlighted for 2020 include:

  • GLL has agreed power purchase agreements a Community Solar Company giving the local community a renewable energy asset and a return on investments in other community projects in South East London.
  • Installations for two Community funded Solar projects at Thamesmere LC and Coldharbour LC are due to be installed in early 2020
  • A number of capital invest options have been included in the business plan for 2020, key projects being investigated include
  • 5 Combined Heat and Power units
  • Further Solar PV installations on GLL owned premises
  • Feasibility work into Air and Ground Source Heat pumps to replace traditional gas boilers and specifically at oil consuming facilities

Waste & Recycling

GLL’s Waste & Recycling policy continues its long term goal of zero waste going to landfill and recycling targets of 50% in 2020. 

Grundon Waste Services and their regional partners along with 1st Waste collected general waste and recycling from 187 GLL Leisure Centres, Better Gyms and Libraries under centrally controlled contracts. 

The key objectives and achievements under the GLL Waste and Recycling Policy in 2019 are below:

  • Achieved zero waste to landfill by the end of 2019 (within Grundon Contract)
  • 1% Recycling rate by weight achieved in 2019 across GLL estate
  • 8% of waste recycled in the West Region in December 2019
  • Long term goal to increase recycling to 50% by the end of 2020
  • Total of 3,200 tonnes of waste collected under GLL managed contracts
  • Over 920 tonnes of recycled material collected
  • An estimated total in excess of 1000 tonnes of recycling achieved across GLL

In 2019 GLL began a review of its Waste and Recycling Policy to be implemented in 2020 covering key objectives and targets including:

  • Strategy for the removal of single use plastics from GLL premises
  • Increased separation of food waste and use of compostable catering supplies
  • 65% Recycling target by 2035 in line with Government objectives.
  • A commitment to “Zero Waste to Landfill” across all GLL premises.

ISO14001 – International Standard for Environmental Management Systems

  • An Environmental Management System in place at all centres based on international standard ISO14001:2015.
  • GLL continues to hold ISO14001:2015 with external audits and certification completed in June 2019. In addition to the existing premises, GLL successfully added St Austell Leisure Centre in the Cornwall Partnership in November 2019.

Energy & Carbon use in like for like centres – Year on Year

In 2019 the utility consumption in like for like centres showed the following results against 2018:

  • Gas consumption reduced by just over 3% overall, saving of 9.2 m kWh. 
  • Electricity consumption decreased by 5%, saving 5.3m kWh
  • Both Gas and Electricity showed positive reductions on previous year and both are in excess of GLL’s target of a 2% reduction year.
  • The reductions highlights the increased focus on energy efficiency across the organisation in 2019 in addition to the introduction of the BMS bureau and a number of energy saving investments.

Environmental Legislation Compliance in 2019

  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) submission completed to the Environment Agency and GLL fully complied with the legislation.
  • Display Energy Certificates have been produced and displayed at all applicable GLL premises.
  • CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme - Annual report completed in line with statutory requirements.
  • Streamline Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) Regulations came into force in April 2019 to replace CRC. GLL has completed a draft report and put in place robust methodology and procedures to comply as required.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

  • In July 2019, GLL registered a CRC Annual footprint of 70,657 t/CO2e in the final year of the scheme (2018/19).
  • The CRC Scheme has now ended and final reporting and the surrender of allowances will took place between July and October 2019.

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) Regulations

  • New legislation to replace the CRC scheme has been put in place under the Companies (Directors Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy & Carbon Reporting) Regulations 2018. GLL is committed to complying with the new Regulations as required.  Due to GLL’s reporting year starting before 1st April 2019, GLL is not required to submit a report for 2019.
  • However, as good practice an energy and carbon report have been compiled to give baseline data and put in place compliant systems and procedures.
  • The regulations require large businesses to measure and report on its total Carbon Footprint covering emissions from direct gas and fossil fuel combustion (Scope 1), electricity and delivered heat (Scope 2) as well as business and staff travel (Scope 3)
  • GLL’s Total measured footprint was 85,495 (t/CO2e)