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Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 9
Climate change threatens lives and livelihoods / photo: shutterstock/philip openshaw
Climate change threatens lives and livelihoods / photo: shutterstock/philip openshaw
Health and fitness operators are working on sustainable models and our sector can already demonstrate a number of great examples

I write in response to David Minton’s article in the previous issue (HCM issue 8 2021, page 55), with an update on ukactive’s environmental commitments.

In June 2019, the UK government announced it would became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming.

The ensuing Climate Change Act set a legally-binding target to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Earlier this year, the UK pushed the envelope further, setting in law the world’s most ambitious climate change target to date, which aims to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 when compared to 1990 levels.

As the government continues to progress the sustainability agenda, the physical activity sector must also make headway in this space. The sector’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2040 is an important first step.

ukactive is working with pan-European consortium ‘Green Sports Hub Europe’ to identify barriers to sustainability in sport and physical activity and the 2021 Survey on Existing Barriers on Sport and Sustainability – powered by ukactive – aims to reduce the existing knowledge gap, by gathering firsthand information about physical activity and sustainability from people and organisations directly involved in the sector.

The survey has been designed to generate new knowledge of existing barriers and issues, along with what is working well, which we can then take forward with relevant government organisations.

Everyone understands there’s much more to be done, from the management of major events, the implementation of sustainable travel policies and the selection and use of recyclable materials, to the creation and operation of low energy and low resource-hungry facilities.

There’s a keen interest in and awareness of environmental sustainability across the physical activity sector and a willingness to promote change where needed. Physical activity organisations should continue to lead by example, taking a critical look at how they operate, quantifying and recording consumption and waste and setting challenging targets to reduce or eliminate their carbon footprint.

As hosts of the upcoming COP26 in November, the UK Government and wider business community will be under increased scrutiny and pressure to act against climate change.

ukactive will be attending the conference in Glasgow to speak and also to represent the physical activity sector and identify what other sectors and countries have done to embed sustainability into their policies and practices.

Over the past 18 months, the sustainability agenda took a backseat as the sector directed its energy and focus towards managing and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’re fully aware that operators are already working on sustainable and carbon neutral models, and that our sector can demonstrate a number of great examples and case studies in this space.

The sector is not looking at sustainability as a ‘standalone’ issue relating to facility design and operation, we continue to work with various departments across the Government to showcase the many ways in which our sector supports the Net Zero agenda, as well as other closely linked policy areas such as ‘Build Back Better’ and the Government’s ‘Plan for Growth’, ‘A Fairer, Greener Scotland’ and the wider work of the Climate Change committee.

Responding to climate change is not an easy task but there’s no choice here. The sport and physical activity sector is a force for good and has a major contribution to make.

Take part in the survey: www.ukactive.com/projects/sustainability

photo: ukactive

Pete Wells, ukactive

James Foley
Alliance Leisure
photo: alliance leisure

David Minton’s informative article in HCM issue 8 2021, (page 55)about two of the biggest challenges facing the world – the health of the planet and the health of individuals – was a fascinating read and really struck a chord. And it’s evident to me that in their own way, public sector providers are playing a key role in helping to overcome both of these challenges.

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report (www.HCMmag.com/IPCC) shows that human activity is unequivocally the cause of rapid changes to the climate, resulting in extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding.

We’re working with public sector leisure providers across the UK to help the government meet its net zero targets by decarbonising their activities through targeted investment in equipment and infrastructure.

Many of the UK’s sports and leisure centres were built in the 1970s and are extremely energy inefficient, generating levels of high carbon emissions. By improving energy efficiencies and cutting emissions, local authorities are having a significant impact on sustainability targets, while providing physical activity facilities that support healthy, active communities.

As an example, we’re working with Hambleton District Council to cut carbon emissions across four leisure centres in Northallerton, Stokesley, Bedale and Thirsk. We helped the council to secure a £4.7m Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme grant to fund the installation of new heat pumps, solar panels and LED light fittings. Projections indicate these collective efficiencies will result in 57 per cent per annum reduction in the carbon output for each centre, with the added bonus of a £38,985 projected cost saving per year.

The government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is designed to help councils improve efficiencies and cut carbon emissions from public sector buildings. Both rounds of the fund were a huge success, with phase two closing after just one week, because applications worth more than £150m were submitted for the £75m fund.

This demonstrates just how proactive local authorities are being in delivering on the net zero agenda to help avert a climate catastrophe, while they continue to serve the public health agenda.

Local authorities are delivering against the net zero agenda to help avert a climate catastrophe, while continuing to serve the public health agenda
Alliance Leisure has been supporting sector decarbonisation / photo: SHUTTERSTOCK/BELL KA PANG
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/111767_933850.jpg
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features

Letters: Write to reply

Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]

Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 9
Climate change threatens lives and livelihoods / photo: shutterstock/philip openshaw
Climate change threatens lives and livelihoods / photo: shutterstock/philip openshaw
Health and fitness operators are working on sustainable models and our sector can already demonstrate a number of great examples

I write in response to David Minton’s article in the previous issue (HCM issue 8 2021, page 55), with an update on ukactive’s environmental commitments.

In June 2019, the UK government announced it would became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming.

The ensuing Climate Change Act set a legally-binding target to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Earlier this year, the UK pushed the envelope further, setting in law the world’s most ambitious climate change target to date, which aims to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 when compared to 1990 levels.

As the government continues to progress the sustainability agenda, the physical activity sector must also make headway in this space. The sector’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2040 is an important first step.

ukactive is working with pan-European consortium ‘Green Sports Hub Europe’ to identify barriers to sustainability in sport and physical activity and the 2021 Survey on Existing Barriers on Sport and Sustainability – powered by ukactive – aims to reduce the existing knowledge gap, by gathering firsthand information about physical activity and sustainability from people and organisations directly involved in the sector.

The survey has been designed to generate new knowledge of existing barriers and issues, along with what is working well, which we can then take forward with relevant government organisations.

Everyone understands there’s much more to be done, from the management of major events, the implementation of sustainable travel policies and the selection and use of recyclable materials, to the creation and operation of low energy and low resource-hungry facilities.

There’s a keen interest in and awareness of environmental sustainability across the physical activity sector and a willingness to promote change where needed. Physical activity organisations should continue to lead by example, taking a critical look at how they operate, quantifying and recording consumption and waste and setting challenging targets to reduce or eliminate their carbon footprint.

As hosts of the upcoming COP26 in November, the UK Government and wider business community will be under increased scrutiny and pressure to act against climate change.

ukactive will be attending the conference in Glasgow to speak and also to represent the physical activity sector and identify what other sectors and countries have done to embed sustainability into their policies and practices.

Over the past 18 months, the sustainability agenda took a backseat as the sector directed its energy and focus towards managing and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’re fully aware that operators are already working on sustainable and carbon neutral models, and that our sector can demonstrate a number of great examples and case studies in this space.

The sector is not looking at sustainability as a ‘standalone’ issue relating to facility design and operation, we continue to work with various departments across the Government to showcase the many ways in which our sector supports the Net Zero agenda, as well as other closely linked policy areas such as ‘Build Back Better’ and the Government’s ‘Plan for Growth’, ‘A Fairer, Greener Scotland’ and the wider work of the Climate Change committee.

Responding to climate change is not an easy task but there’s no choice here. The sport and physical activity sector is a force for good and has a major contribution to make.

Take part in the survey: www.ukactive.com/projects/sustainability

photo: ukactive

Pete Wells, ukactive

James Foley
Alliance Leisure
photo: alliance leisure

David Minton’s informative article in HCM issue 8 2021, (page 55)about two of the biggest challenges facing the world – the health of the planet and the health of individuals – was a fascinating read and really struck a chord. And it’s evident to me that in their own way, public sector providers are playing a key role in helping to overcome both of these challenges.

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report (www.HCMmag.com/IPCC) shows that human activity is unequivocally the cause of rapid changes to the climate, resulting in extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding.

We’re working with public sector leisure providers across the UK to help the government meet its net zero targets by decarbonising their activities through targeted investment in equipment and infrastructure.

Many of the UK’s sports and leisure centres were built in the 1970s and are extremely energy inefficient, generating levels of high carbon emissions. By improving energy efficiencies and cutting emissions, local authorities are having a significant impact on sustainability targets, while providing physical activity facilities that support healthy, active communities.

As an example, we’re working with Hambleton District Council to cut carbon emissions across four leisure centres in Northallerton, Stokesley, Bedale and Thirsk. We helped the council to secure a £4.7m Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme grant to fund the installation of new heat pumps, solar panels and LED light fittings. Projections indicate these collective efficiencies will result in 57 per cent per annum reduction in the carbon output for each centre, with the added bonus of a £38,985 projected cost saving per year.

The government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is designed to help councils improve efficiencies and cut carbon emissions from public sector buildings. Both rounds of the fund were a huge success, with phase two closing after just one week, because applications worth more than £150m were submitted for the £75m fund.

This demonstrates just how proactive local authorities are being in delivering on the net zero agenda to help avert a climate catastrophe, while they continue to serve the public health agenda.

Local authorities are delivering against the net zero agenda to help avert a climate catastrophe, while continuing to serve the public health agenda
Alliance Leisure has been supporting sector decarbonisation / photo: SHUTTERSTOCK/BELL KA PANG
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/111767_933850.jpg
Pete Wells explains industry representation at COP26 and James Foley on lowering carbon emissions and saving cash and planet
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Quoox lowers the barrier-to-entry for its flagship CRM system
Known for its innovation and for providing one of the most comprehensive gym and fitness facility software management products on the market, Quoox is causing a stir with its new pricing model.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington breaks ground ahead of new Rainham Leisure Centre
Everyone Active has got the New Year off to a flying start as it begins work on the brand new Rainham Leisure Centre.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Innovative experience TAGactive launched at Everyone Active
Everyone Active opened its first TAGactive Arena at Lammas Leisure Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, January 3.
Video Gallery
Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Mindbody, Inc
Les Mills
Company profiles
Company profile: Octane Fitness UK
A global innovator of innovation and variety in fitness equipment, Octane Fitness, a True Fitness ...
Company profiles
Company profile: ServiceSport (UK) Ltd
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd specialises in maintaining, servicing and re-manufacturing all brands of cardiovascular and resistance ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Tanita: Engaging insights
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
On demand
Fitness On Demand: On demand
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Property & Tenders
Bilborough, Nottingham
Bilborough College
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01 Mar 2022
Live Love Spa HQ, Tustin, United States
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
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