Printed Date: 25/11/2020


Energy & Environment

As a leading social enterprise, we’re active in the challenge of 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 2018, 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.

Specific achievements in 2018 included:

  • CRC Annual report completed in line with statutory requirements.
  • Successfully certified 11 GLL premises over 3 partnerships to the updated Environmental Standard ISO14001:2015
  • Delivery of numerous energy capital investments across the business.
  • GLL now generates renewable energy from 51 sources, Including 39 Solar Panel installations. Renewable electricity generation in 2018 totalled over 15.5m kWh.
  • 41 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units were active in 2018, using natural gas to generate low carbon heat and over 14.1m kWh of electricity and over 24m 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.
  • Tender process completed for all of GLL’s water supplies in order to find a preferred water retailer. The process will reduce water and administration costs for GLL from 2019 onwards.
  • A programme of energy champion training was continued across GLL’s regions.
  • An audit of pool temperatures was completed to review environmental practices across GLL and to review and issue new guidance for staff.

Further investment in energy saving technologies in 2018;

  • New gas 200kW turbine CHP installed in Swindon providing low carbon heat and power under a power purchase agreement.
  • Spend to save projects in the West Region including air handling upgrades, Building Management System (BMS) controls, Low energy lighting, water controls & water recycling and Pool Cover replacement.
  • Feasibility studies and final reports have been produced for Community Solar projects. GLL will agree a power purchase agreement with the Community Solar Company giving the local community a renewable energy asset and a return on investments in other community projects in South East London.
  • Water and energy saving showers have been piloted in the West Region showing large reductions in water usage and plans to roll out across further premises

Investments highlighted for 2019 include:

  • A BEMS (Building Energy Management System) Bureau is being implemented across 50 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 and target a 5% reduction in energy usage over 2019.
  • Delivery of a number of capital projects identified in the budget building process, primarily 20 LED replacement installations across GLL regions.
  • 3 new CHP units planned for Cornwall.
  • Review of potential Solar PV installations in GLL owned premises.

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 177 GLL Leisure Centres, Better Gyms and Libraries under centrally controlled contracts. 

The key objectives and achievements under the GLL Waste and Recycling Policy in 2018 are below:

  • Achieved zero waste to landfill by the end of 2018 (within Grundon Contract).
  • 9% recycling rate by weight achieved in 2018 across GLL estate.
  • 40% exceeded in both West & North Regions (44.8% & 41.5% respectively).
  • Total of 1673 tonnes of waste collected under the centrally managed contracts.
  • Over 510 tonnes of recycled material collected.
  • An estimated total of 1000 tonnes of recycling achieved across GLL.

Better Coffee Corner has increased its presence in 2018 and continued its 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 Certified™ farms.
  • Donations to the GLL sports Foundation for all hot drinks.
  • All disposable items are made from recycled materials.
  • Offering discounted use of re-usable cups in place of compostable coffee cups in use across café’s.

ISO14001 – International Standard for Environmental Management Systems

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 2018 GLL achieved complete transition to ISO 14001:2015 certification in June 2018 with zero non-conformances

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

In 2018 the utility consumption in like for like centres showed the following results against 2017:

  • Gas consumption reduced by 1.05% overall
  • Electricity consumption decreased by 1.75%).
  • Both Gas and Electricity showed positive reductions on previous years, however were below GLL’s target of a 2% reduction.
  • Absolute Carbon Emissions increased in 2018 due to the additional size of the organisation.
  • However, since 2014, GLL’s turnover has doubled but over the same period there has been more than 30% reduction in the amount of Carbon GLL emits per £1m of turnover based on CRC Scheme reporting. This is over above GLL’s 2% target per annum.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

The CRC Scheme will be coming to an end in March 2019 and final reporting and the surrender of allowances will take place between July and October 2019.

GLL is committed to complying with the new Regulations as they come into force and will review the Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) Guidance in 2019.