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Veolia delivers total fitness through latest CHP technology

Resource management company, Veolia, has been awarded a new 15-year contract with Total Fitness to drive down energy consumption, utility costs and reduce carbon emissions, across 17 health and fitness facilities in the north of England and Wales.

Under the terms of the deal, Veolia will help Total Fitness to achieve a 32 per cent reduction in gas consumption using combined heat and power, CHP. The latest technology will be installed to achieve a 22 per cent increase in electrical efficiency compared to the existing CHP units, lower energy costs and further reduce CO2 emissions from the 134,000m2 of building space.

Each of the Health and Fitness centres will benefit from new co-generation plants that efficiently generate electricity and heat from a single fuel source to cover their energy demands. Each onsite plant provides electricity and heat for the whole building, gyms, pools, showers, saunas, steam rooms, sanariums and domestic hot water. To match the locations’ base electrical and thermal loadings the plants are individually sized, ranging from 140kWe to 250kWe and will take the total co-generation capacity across all the sites to 3.17MWe – equivalent to the power demand from 8,400 homes.

Over the last 20 years Veolia has worked with Total Fitness to reduce utility consumption through a number of key green initiatives. During this time Veolia CHP units have saved over 60,000 tonnes of CO2, significantly lowering the carbon footprint of the fitness chain. With the existing CHP fleet nearing the end of its operational life, the new CHPs will help further key sustainability goals by delivering the benefits gained from improvements in engine technology, and control systems over the past decade.

The contract covers a fully engineered package covering installation and operation of the CHP units that will take pressure off the local electricity infrastructure and provide stable energy costs that are less susceptible to energy market price changes. Also included in the contract is  a 15-year operation and maintenance service, provided by Veolia’s nationwide service teams.

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland said: “For over 80 years Veolia has been helping organisations balance their energy needs by providing the technical know-how – enabling them to prosper by improving their efficiency, and giving them control.

“We look forward to helping Total Fitness extend their commitment to the environment. As the UK struggles to generate sufficient energy to supply the nation CHP can play a key role in guaranteeing sustainable electricity and decarbonising heat, and meeting the zero carbon timeline for 2050.”

Jasvir Sanghera, Total Fitness added: “Our continuing strong focus on CHP highlights our greener approach and our culture of energy conservation.  Use of the latest technology will help the environment that our business operates in and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.  Challenging reduction of our carbon footprint is essential and the CHPs will do just that.”

Working with Veolia since 1997, Total Fitness operate health clubs  located throughout the North of England, including Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Teesside, Wirral,  Humberside, Merseyside, and North Wales.

Veolia also manages waste and recycling operations for Total Fitness.

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