Energy and carbon reduction for Wimbledon

Energy and Carbon Reduction at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

In 2009, CSE was engaged by The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, more commonly known simply as 'Wimbledon', to look at opportunities for energy and carbon reduction and measuring the organisation's carbon footprint.

The motivation of the club was two-fold. Firstly, and like all organisations, it needs to lower its annual energy consumption in order to save money and to improve environmental credentials. The club is also required to comply with legislation such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme which is designed to raise awareness within large organisations, especially at senior level, and encourage changes in behaviour and infrastructure.

Secondly, as a body with such a high public profile, the Club is anxious to engage confidently with spectators, members and the local community on climate change issues. And they're not alone; other sporting events and venues, including football stadia and racecourses are waking up to the importance of energy management, and this sector-wide interest in sustainability has manifested itself in the publication of a new sustainable event management standard from BSI.

This study comprised of two main elements:

  1. an energy audit of the site undertaken by CSE
  2. a baseline carbon footprint of the organisation undertaken by Best Foot Forward

The energy audit involved a general analysis of energy consumption across the site with specific assessments being undertaken on the museum building and the covered courts. As explained in more detail in the report, analysis of all individual buildings or complexes across the site isn't currently possible, and improving measuring and data collection is consequently one of our recommendations.

The footprint analysis looked at the carbon-impact of the club year-round, as well as the specific carbon footprint of the Wimbledon Championships in June and July. It looked not only at the Club's direct energy-related carbon emissions (gas and diesel), but it's indirect energy-related carbon emissions (electricity) and the wider impact as well (merchandise, food, waste, travel, cleaning, security etc).

The aim was to produce the first comprehensive overview of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the operations of the tennis championships both by the club and its contractors. The audit and footprint results were then used to inform a series of recommendations on future environmental performance monitoring and reducing carbon emissions from direct energy use, transport and waste.

CSE's Steve Andrews undertook the energy audit and found that significant savings could be made relatively quickly and cheaply.

"I would conservatively estimate that 20% savings on gas alone could be made through a one-off investment of around £100,000. And the story with electricity is even brighter. A similar investment in a combination of automated meter reading with monitoring and targeting software could cut Wimbledon's bills by 15%. In both cases the pay-back could be measured in months."

“We are delighted to be working with the most prestigious tennis clubs in the world,” said Simon Roberts, CSE Chief Executive. “Sports venues are major consumers of energy and international sporting events are increasingly examined for their environmental impact, so this is a very exciting project for CSE to be tackling.”

The report is not publically available, but below is a summary of key recommendations based on the energy audit and carbon footprinting:

  1. Work towards accurate and comprehensive energy data collection from 2010-11 onwards.
  2. Install automated monitoring and data collection to allow accurate and detailed year-round and championship consumption to be analysed.
  3. Undertake a thorough review of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and controls.
  4. Appoint a dedicated energy/environmental manager to develop and implement a long term energy/carbon reduction strategy and CRC obligations.
  5. Develop and implement an energy awareness campaign for AELTC staff and other site users.
  6. Investigate opportunities for on-site solar PV, solar water-heating and biomass.
  7. Appoint a green-travel co-ordinator who will focus on reducing spectator car use but also tackle other transport emissions related to AELTC and contractor operations.
  8. Engage with catering contractors on the subject of food sustainability and waste.
  9. Engage with merchandise suppliers to reduce environmental impact of  goods supplied.
  10. Link waste and food policies and promote waste reduction with caterers and visitors. Monitor, report on and set targets for the total quantity of waste, recycling rate and types of materials.
  11. Develop a plan for environmental monitoring and reporting, and define the scope, procedures, key parameters, areas of focus and staff responsibilities.
  12. Develop a carbon reduction plan and set emissions reduction targets for the next 5 to 10 years.
  13. Continue planning and budgeting for participation in the CRC, with a focus on the upfront measures that will impact AELTC’s position in the forthcoming league table. In particular, Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) systems should be implemented at the site.
  14. Consider trialling reduced-cement concrete in a suitable ‘pilot’ construction project, and, for new construction projects in general, develop stringent sustainability policies in relation to design requirements and materials.

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