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The Gym Group is first health club operator in the world to get Net-Zero targets SBTi approved
The Gym Group has achieved a global first among fitness operators by having its Net-Zero goals officially recognized by the Science Based Targets initiative.
A pioneer in sustainability, this gym chain has always prioritized eco-friendly practices. It stands out as the UK's first carbon-neutral gym, thanks to its commitment to high-quality carbon offset projects.
Furthermore, The Gym Group is dedicated to reaching net zero emissions by 2045, leading the way in environmental responsibility in the fitness sector.
David Melhuish, TGG’schief development and sustainability officer says: “Having our targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative is a hugely important milestone in our journey to Net-Zero.”
TGG’s sustainability director, Cornelia Woschek, speaks alongside other operators in issue 10 HCM about Environmental, Social, Governance.
“Not only does energy reduction make commercial sense, but it’s our responsibility to play our part in addressing climate change,” she says.
“Often what’s right for the planet is also right for business.”
The operator has already progressed significant carbon-reducing commitments, including purchasing 100 per cent renewable energy, introducing air-source heat pumps to generate hot water, heat recovery in ventilation systems, high efficiency air conditioning, voltage optimisation and solar panels.
Ninety five per cent of its waste was diverted from landfill in 2021 and 2022.
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By 2030 – from a base year of 2019 – TGG has committed to a 50 per cent reduction in scope 1 (direct Green House Gas emissions) and scope 2 emissions (indirect emissions for example when energy is being produced on its behalf).
Also by 2030, the company aims to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions by 55 per cent per gym.
Scope 3 emissions cover purchased goods and services, capital goods, fuel and energy related activities, upstream transportation and distribution, waste generated in operations, business travel, and employee commuting.
All electricity will be sourced from renewables by 2030 and by 2028, 25 per cent of TGG’s suppliers will have also science-based targets.