Printed Date: 14/04/2024

Sustainability

We are committed to become carbon net-zero by 2050, with an ambition to hit this target sooner.

We are responding to what matters to our customers, by reducing reliance on fossil fuels, minimising waste, and reducing our impact on the environment; whilst working closely with local authority partners to achieve joint climate goals.

We know our buildings use a lot of energy so we’ve invested over £7m into green technology over the last 3 years, helping to reduce our Carbon emissions by 23% compared to 2019.

 

OUR PROGRESS

  • Invested £7m into energy saving technologies, such as low energy lighting, variable speed drives, and pool covers in the last 3 years.
  • Reduced our electricity and gas consumption by over 16%.
  • Installed 70 Solar arrays and 10 air source heat pumps helping to power our centres from renewable sources.
  • Installed recycling stations in every leisure centre and library; we are now sending over 1,000 tonnes of recyclables per year for re-use.
  • Committed to ensure that no waste from our centres and libraries ever goes to landfill.
  • Ensured that all catering food waste is sent for composting and electricity generation.
  • Delivered environment awareness training to over 1,000 of our staff.
  • Achieved ISO14001 environmental management certification.
  • Become REGO Certified with green electricity purchasing.
  • Introduced the UKs first biodegradable Library cards.

*Through GLL's corporate waste contracts. In some centres our council partners are responsible for waste collection and may have different policies.

 

OUR FUTURE COMMITMENTS

  • Invest a further £2m this year (2023) into energy saving technologies to further reduce our electricity and gas consumption.
  • Install 30 more solar arrays installed over the next 5 years.
  • Install 50 zero carbon heat pumps installed over the next 5 years.
  • Convert all essential company vehicles to electricy over the next 5 years.
  • Increase our recycling levels to over 65%.
  • Work with our supply chains to reduce packaging by 50%.
  • Stock a range of sustainable and healthy food products in our catering outlets.
  • Work closely with our local authority partners on Government funding schemes to further reduce energy consumption and carbon reduction.
  • Improve energy efficiency and lower emissions through our BMS (building management systems) monitoring and support hub.