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Achieving a new standard of energy management for efficiency, sustainability and resilience

In 2019, our Leisure business in the UK gained certification to the 2018 version of the International Organisation for Standardisation energy management standard (ISO 50001).

This followed an 18-month development, implementation and external audit process. Our Leisure business is amongst the first in the Leisure sector globally to be certified to the 2018 version of the standard.

Our Leisure business operates in an energy intensive sector and has a large carbon footprint in comparison to the majority of our operations globally, accounting for 8% of our global scope 1 & 2 emissions in 2019.

Our Energy, Environment and Sustainability team assisted the Leisure technical, energy and operational teams to develop, implement and integrate a new management system.  The new management system built upon the good practices and local energy management expertise developed during our many years operating in the Leisure sector.

Michael Lynch, Head of Environment, Energy & Sustainability, said: “Further formalising our approach will help to deliver energy and carbon improvements and contribute towards our wider environmental strategy and commitment to helping the UK move toward a low carbon economy. It will also support our ongoing efforts to reduce emissions.”

Steven Lawrence, Operations Director, Serco Leisure, said: “This is an important milestone for Serco Leisure. Our operations have always considered energy and wider environmental impacts and we have delivered significant improvements over the years. Further formalising this crucial element of business operations will ensure a more consistent and cohesive approach across our portfolio, again demonstrating our leadership and commitment to best practice in the Leisure sector.’

Anne Scorey, UK Managing Director, British Standards Institution, said: “Huge congratulations to Serco Leisure for being one of the first leisure organizations globally to be certified to the latest version of the Energy Management Systems standard from BSI. Achieving certification will enable Serco to drive efficiency improvements, remain sustainable and ultimately, be more resilient.”