According to Deloitte’s sector report and a survey of 3,000 UK consumers, the UK leisure market was worth £117 billion in revenue in 2016.
The sector is growing nearly twice as fast as the retail sector.
Energy costs are the second biggest budget item after staff costs in a typical sports centre, according to Carbon Trust.
They can account for as much as 30% of the total operating costs, which is a significantly higher figure than in other sectors.
Fossil fuel (gas, oil, coal or LPG) and electricity are the main sources of energy use in the majority of leisure and sport centres. Fossil fuel in particular is used for space heating and hot water. Some centres, however, use more expensive electricity for space heating and ventilation, in addition to lighting, electrical equipment, fans and pumps.
The areas where centres can reduce their consumption the most are:
– Electrical gym equipment and vending machines
– Swimming pools
– Ventilation and air conditioning