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Total Fitness

As a leading provider of health, fitness, rehabilitation and aquatic facilities, Total Fitness operates 17 Health Clubs within the UK, advising over 90,000 members on their health and wellbeing. The Total Fitness health clubs are located throughout the North of England, including Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Teesside, Wirral, Humberside, Merseyside and North Wales.

Veolia UK | Energy and utility management Total Fitness

The Challenge

The company’s continual commitment to drive down energy consumption, utility costs and carbon emissions ensures it always remains one of the key drivers of the company’s business strategy. With the aim to build greener clubs, the fitness chain has established energy and environmental action plans that help its clubs achieve higher energy efficiency levels and water reduction targets.

The Solution

To meet the requirement for stable low carbon supplies of electricity and heat, Veolia designed and installed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units for each of the 17 health and fitness centres. To match the locations’ base electrical and thermal loadings, the plants are individually sized ranging from 210kWe to 300kWe and the total co-generation capacity across the 17 sites is 3.96MWe.

The CHP units run 16-hours a day and are operated and maintained using Veolia’s Integrated Management System which provides remote monitoring and control on 365-days a year.

Veolia continues to help Total Fitness to investigate further opportunities to harness the heat produced via CHP which could be utilised in all heat treatment rooms e.g. saunas, steam rooms and sanariums.

The Results

Generates 32GWh of low carbon electricity per year

Low carbon electricity and heat for 17 sites

CO2 reduced by 54,400 tonnes since 1997

  • Carbon savings provide 82% carbon neutral score
  • Takes load off the grid
  • 24/365 support

The carbon savings contribute to Total Fitness’ sustainability goals and improve energy utilisation. Veolia has helped maximise efficiency and supported energy awareness campaigns. Total Fitness’ continuing commitment to the use of CHP has helped the implementation of CHP within the wider health and fitness industry, where a large heat demand is present e.g. pools, halls and large gym areas to heat.


“The continuing strong focus Total Fitness has on CHP’s is completely in line with our greener approach and the culture of energy conservation. We continue to look for alternative, sustainable ways of operating our buildings through various types of harnessing and re-utilising heat and the Veolia CHP’s do just that.”

Steve Kear, Group Operations Director, Total Fitness Ltd