Printed Date: 25/04/2019


Energy & Environment

As a leading social enterprise, we’re active in the challenge against climate change and we know how important it is to work with our partners to manage our impact on the environment.

Energy and water are vital for the delivery of our services and represent a significant proportion of our operating costs. Climate change, potential water shortages and rapidly rising energy costs make it even more important for us to increase our sustainability through controlling resource consumption and reducing waste.

The GLL Board commits to ensuring that appropriate approaches to environmental management are developed and maintained and that sufficient resources are made available to achieve the objectives of Energy and Environmental Policy and Strategy.

Green Achievements

GLL takes its responsibility about the environment very seriously. To this aim, each year we strive to reduce energy consumption and our impact on the environment through investment into proven and new technologies and the adoption of best practices.

In 2017, 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 2017 included:

  • CRC Annual report completed in line with statutory requirements.
  • Continued certification to International Environmental Standard – ISO14001:2004 at 12 GLL premises across 3 Partnerships.
  • Delivery of numerous energy capital investments across the business.
  • Commenced quarterly KPI reporting across the 7 GLL regions to support operational teams in managing their environmental impact.
  • Achieved our 30% Recycling target across GLL’s corporate waste contracts

The continued implementation of GLL’s energy and environmental policy builds on historical achievements including work streams in energy and Carbon reduction, efficient water use as well as improving environmental sustainability through improved waste and recycling management

Key recent achievements include:

In 2017 a relative reduction of 12% in Emissions Intensity (Carbon Footprint measured against GLL’s turnover) was identified across the organisation, showing GLL’s ongoing commitment to Carbon management.

Further investment in energy saving technologies;

GLL continues to invest. For example:

  • One GLL Leisure Centre installed an innovative new solar thermal heat pump to provide renewable support for the centre’s cooling system.  The install has been a great success improving the efficiency of the heat pump and reducing electricity use through the cooling units of over 30%.
  • Energy saving investments have been made in the South West Region with replacement pool covers at 7 Leisure Centres and new Covers installed at 6 other facilities.
  • Lighting and heating upgrades have also been completed across Cornwall with CHP units being recommissioned and old inefficient boilers replaced.

Investments highlighted for 2018 include:

  • New gas turbine CHP to be installed providing low carbon heat and power under a power purchase agreement, reducing electricity and heating costs by 10%.
  • Spend to save projects in the West Region including Air Handling upgrades, BMS controls, Low energy lighting, Water controls & water recycling and a Pool Cover replacement will over £50,000 per year on the energy costs in the region.
  • Community Solar projects are also being investigated in London to generate low carbon electricity for GLL premises and provide an income for the local community and fund other community projects in the area.

GLL’s Waste & Recycling policy continues its implementation with 2017 recycling targets of 30% and long term goal of zero waste going to landfill.  These targets were achieved in 2017 for premises within GLL’s two main corporate waste contract covering around 150 GLL Leisure Centres and Libraries.

An Environmental Management System in place at all centres based on international standard ISO14001, with a nominated Energy Champions driving the environmental agenda and delivering strategic and local action plans.

In addition in 2017 GLL achieved and maintained external certification to ISO 14001:2004 in 3 Partnerships covering 12 premises.  GLL will complete transition certification to ISO 14001:2015 in 2018.

Combined heat and power units (CHP) last year reduced carbon emissions by over 6,900 tonnes of CO2 through local generation of heat and electricity at around 40 Leisure Centres and increase of 10% on the previous year.

In addition a number of renewable energy installations have been completed including solar photo voltaic panels and air source heat pumps.  GLL now generates renewable energy from 35 sources across Leisure Centres, Libraries and Community premises generating 1.3m kWh, enough to power a medium size leisure centre!

Better Coffee Corner has launched a number of ethical and sustainable commitments to reduce the impact of its operations, including;

  • Commitment to source food and staff locally
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa sourced from Rain Forest Alliance CertifiedTMfarms
  • Donations to the GLL sports Foundation for all hot drinks
  • All disposable items are made from recycled materials
  • Compostable coffee cups in use across café’s

Fully compliant with environmental legislation including the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and the Energy Saving Opportunity Commitment (ESOS) as well as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive where applicable.

Like for like energy and Carbon reduction has been achieved!  GLL will hit its 2% reduction in Carbon emissions at like for like premises in 2017.

  • 5.% reduction in electricity use
  • 0% reduction in gas usage
  • 8% reduction in our Carbon Emission – just short of our annual target of 2%

Some key objectives for GLL in 2018 include:

  • Overall reduction in like for like Carbon emissions of 2% - the individual Regions developing specific target based on their action plans.
  • 40% of all waste to be recycled
  • Ongoing Energy awareness training to all staff
  • Increase amount of energy sourced from renewables and low carbon technology
  • Maintain ISO14001, switching to the latest 2015 version