In partnership with our local authority clients we strive to minimise the environmental impact of our leisure facilities. Chris Williams, Group Environmental Manager explains.
Utility and waste management is a key focus for Places for People Leisure and has been recognised by ISO14001 certification, the international award for environmental management.
By embracing sustainable technology we have been able to reduce carbon emissions considerably across our facilities. In recent years this has included the use of biomass boilers, combined heat and power generation, photovoltaic panels, ‘green walls and green roofs’ and improved lighting efficiency through established LED technology.
A recent example of good practice saw Alfreton Leisure Centre in Derbyshire install variable speed drives to pool pumps and air handling systems resulting in an overall 20% reduction in electricity compared to the previous three years average. This has avoided 135 tonnes of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. Plus, Gosport Leisure Centre in Hampshire (opened December 2012) operates a 100kW combined heat and power unit during the day when energy demand is high. This generates 58% of the electricity required on site.
Focusing on improved waste management we have increased our recycling collections nationwide by 14% over the last 12 months and looking to make further improvements this year.
We continue to deliver new buildings with a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM environmental performance and ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certification. Our auditors have been particularly impressed with our operational environmental standards, practices and procedures fully endorsing our environmental policy statement and Quality Management System.
In 2013-2014 our like for like carbon footprint was reduced by 2% assisted by regular training at annual workshops, on site ‘toolbox talks’ and specific environmental modules delivered to site based environmental co-ordinators.
From October 2013 we contracted with Haven Power to purchase sustainable electricity generated from bio-mass fuel (avoiding fossil fuels) endorsing our environmental policy statement.