Printed Date: 20/05/2018


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

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:

GLL were successfully awarded the Carbon Trust Standard again in 2016 for the 4th consecutive time since the original certification in 2010. 

A relative reduction of 11.3% 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;

  • As part of a partnership wide project completed in 2015, one centre has achieved a 33% annual reduction in energy consumption, saving over 300 tonnes of CO2 per annum. The project included a new “intelligent” pool water control, replacement of the pool air handling unit including heat recovery, low energy pool lighting with sensors for lux and movement and automatic pool covers
  • Within 2 Partnerships, LED lighting replacement in sports halls and new air handling units resulting in 6% reduction in carbon emissions versus the previous year.

A Waste & Recycling policy has been implemented with initial targets to increase recycling levels at premises to 25% with a long term goal of zero waste going to landfill.  These targets were achieved in 2016 for premises within GLL’s main corporate waste contract covering around 100 GLL Leisure Centres

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 GLL has achieved and maintained external certification to ISO 14001:2004 in 3 Partnerships.

Combined heat and power units (CHP) last year reduced carbon emissions by over 3,500 tonnes of CO2 through local generation of heat and electricity at around 30 Leisure Centres and increase of 17% on the previous year.

GLL has continued investments in energy saving technologies of such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, pool covers, variable speed drives, pool dosing controls, LED and high efficiency lighting across the organisation.

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 14 sources across Leisure Centres, Libraries and Community premises generating 845,000kWh, 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 CertifiedTM farms
  • Working with fellow social enterprise Belu water to donate 2p per bottle to Water Aid
  • Donations to the GLL sports Foundation for all hot drinks
  • All disposable items are made from recycled materials

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! Preliminary figures indicate that GLL will hit its 2% reduction in Carbon emissions at like for like premises in 2016.

  • 2.7% reduction in electricity use
  • 1.8% reduction in gas usage
  • 2.16% reduction in our Carbon Emission – hitting our annual target of 2%

Some other key objectives for GLL in 2017 include:

  • Overall reduction in like for like Carbon emissions of 2% - the individual Regions developing specific target based on their action plans.
  • 30% 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