Carbon footprint boost for Carmarthen Leisure Centre


Carmarthen Leisure Centre has reduced its carbon footprint and saved more than 400 tonnes of carbon.
The centre cut back on its electricity use by five per cent and gas consumption by three and a half per cent in 2012 on the previous year despite colder than average winter temperatures.
Carbon Trust Wales carried out a survey of the building and decided training staff in energy saving measures would help to reduce consumption.
As part of the remodelling work a combined heat and power unit has been installed as a more energy efficient way to generate electricity and maintain the heat of the pool using heat by-product generated in the process. Staff training included optimum usage of this unit in addition to other awareness raising exercises.
The council’s Principal Energy Officer, Andrew Morris, said: “Given that swimming pool complexes are very energy intensive it is important leisure centre staff are able to identify ways they can minimise the carbon footprint. The training was personalised to individual sites and made relevant so staff could easily apply their knowledge in their real working environment.”
Training has since been rolled out across major swimming pool facilities in Carmarthenshire, including Llanelli and Amman Valley.
The council already has a Green Team and Green Champions which consist of members of staff who have chosen to take responsibility for the operation of green practices at their sites.

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