A group of industry experts in the local authority public sports and leisure sector has called on the COP26 UK delegation to recognise the importance of the sector in helping the UK reach its ambitious climate change targets; especially as the sector seeks to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic. In a statement agreed across leading partners in local government involved in the promotion of physical activity, which brings together APSE, CLOA, Community Leisure UK, District Councils Network, and Active Partnerships representing local councils and Trusts operating public leisure facilities, the unified voice of the sector has called for widespread investment in decarbonising the vital community level leisure facilities.
The group has called for a starting point of a £1 Billion capital funding pot to support the replacement or refurbishment of antiquated leisure assets, which carry a heavy carbon footprint, to allow for the development of low energy, low carbon and fit-for-purpose assets, which will help communities as the sector focuses on physical activity, as an ill-health prevention measure, in post-covid recovery. By ensuring these newer or refurbished assets are greener the sector can achieve more by way of climate change endeavours to decarbonise the UK and meet the aims of COP26.
The Partners Position Statement
Climate Change and Physical Activity – Position Statement
Key Summary Points
You can read the full position statement by using this link.
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