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How leisure facilities are benefiting from new sustainability practices 

Sustainable leisure facilities on the rise

Over the last 2 years leisure centres and gyms have had to endure many disruptions, from closures to limiting the number of visitors. With many people having to suspend their memberships home workouts became the way forward, and people now want to be sure that their leisure centre or gym is safe before returning. The health and safety of staff and customers is more important now than ever as customer expectations have increased and awareness for what is right is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. By adopting a sustainable strategy gyms, swimming pools and other leisure facilities can find new cost saving methods, add value to the overall customer experience and attract the eco-conscious consumer. 

3 top causes of emissions in leisure centres


Heating or air-conditioning




Powered sports
equipment or pool

Average leisure facilities emissions

By analysing trends and data through Zellar Panorama, a 

A large leisure centre can emit 1,400 tonnes of CO2

through their electricity and gas consumption per year.

440 football pitches

would be needed to absorb this amount each year, based on the average annual Woodland Carbon Code sequestration rate (across 100 years). (1)

What is a sustainable leisure centre?

Leisure centres are keeping their emissions under control by monitoring their energy consumption, water usage, tracking wastage, investing in sustainable innovations, and adopting eco-friendly practices.  Due to energy being the main cause of emissions, many leisure centres have switched to LED bulbs to become more efficient without impacting their customers. Timers have been added to water pumps in swimming pools to ensure that the pump functions when required and solar panels are being relied on to heat up the water to further reduce energy consumption.  

Why is sustainability so important to leisure centres?

Nowadays there are so many gyms, fitness classes and leisure facilities to choose from that it can be difficult to attract and retain customers, and with the rise of the eco-conscious consumer there is an added pressure to stay relevant in today’s market.

Many gyms especially have also turned their services into 24 hours a day, 7 days a week further increasing the necessity to turn to energy saving practices for cost related reasons.


How Zellar helps leisure centres

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Customised roadmaps:

There is a programme unique to leisure centres, providing benchmarks, insights, behaviours, investments, and local offsets.

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All in one place:

leisure centre owners can access all the key components that make up their sustainability programme in one place.

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One annual payment:

We’re making sustainability accessible and affordable for all leisure centres with pricing starting at £125 per annum.

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How does it work:

A simple sign-up process, leads leisure centre owners into their custom sustainability programme that can be followed at their own pace.

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Share the story:

Every step of your journey to Net Zero is made available for sharing via your Zellar profile and across your social media platforms of choice.

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Energy accounts for
as much as 30%

of the total running costs within a leisure centre. (2)