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In 2022 and 2023, Simply Sustainable partnered with The Gym Group to support the recalculation of its base year carbon footprints, the development of its net zero targets, and the submission of these targets to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

Setting a long-term decarbonisation target aligned to science is important as it provides a company with a clearly defined path to reduce its operational and supply chain emissions in line with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. This process involves understanding what an appropriate base year and final year is to achieve a target by, what is a suitably ambitious target for a company to commit to and how to effectively communicate this to internal and external stakeholders so that customers and an employee community can understand what this means for their workplace and favourite gym. At Simply Sustainable, we encourage our clients to be transparent about the environmental impacts of their business activities and set ambitious targets to reduce these impacts.

The targets

  • Overall net-zero target: The Gym Group commits to reach net-zero GHG emissions across the value chain by 2045.
  • Near-term targets: The Gym Group commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. The Gym Group also commits to increase active annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 23.25% in 2019 to 100% by 2030. The Gym Group further commits to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions covering purchased goods and services, capital goods, fuel and energy related activities, upstream transportation and distribution, waste generated in operations, business travel, and employee commuting by 55% per gym by 2030 from a 2019 base year.
  • The Gym Group commits to ensuring 25% of its suppliers, covering purchased goods, services and capital goods, will have science-based targets by 2028.
  • Long-term targets: The Gym Group commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 90% by 2045 from a 2019 base year. The Gym Group commits to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions by 97% per gym within the same timeframe.

Impacts and benefits

  • We calculated The Gym Group’s base year and most recent year emissions establishing a base year which will reflect its business activity in the future using the SBTis Net zero standard and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
  • We set The Gym Group’s target aligned to the science across the near and long term as well as across scopes 1 and 2 and scope 3. Determining that an intensity target against its number of gyms is most appropriate for measuring reduction in its scope 3 emissions.
  • We collated an evidence pack and the submission to SBTi, as well as responding to validation processes from SBTi.

The results

The Gym Group have successfully had its net zero target approved by the SBTi meaning that it is the first gym or health and fitness club in the world to have an approved target.

The Gym Group will continue to transparently report its emissions and progress against its net zero targets through its annual report.

We are proud to be leaders in sustainability and remain committed to working with expert partners like Simply Sustainable to ensure we can meet the high standards we set ourselves. Cornelia Woschek Sustainability Director, The Gym Group

The story

Between August 2022 and December 2023, Simply Sustainable supported The Gym Group, a leader in the gym, hospitality and leisure sector, as they built from carbon neutrality to setting a decarbonisation target aligned to the science. To achieve this, they would need to first understand their operational and supply chain emissions as well as understand what net zero emissions looks like for The Gym Group.

The Gym Group had been responding to mandatory energy and carbon emissions reporting covering scope 1, 2 and limited scope 3 categories through Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) since 2017.

To translate the extent of The Gym Group’s emissions across its supply chain the first step was to understand which scope 3 categories were relevant to The Gym Group. This was achieved through analysis of a range of ESG reporting frameworks and disclosures.

Simply Sustainable supported The Gym Group through the development of a data collection tool and worked with key personnel to collect and collate data, determining a long-term strategy for annual emissions reporting.

Simply Sustainable then calculated and analysed the carbon footprint in alignment with best practice guidance from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and SBTi using a range of region and sector specific emission conversion factors, to ensure that The Gym Group’s carbon footprint was complete and accurate.

Submission to SBTi enables a company to formulate a plan to reach its net zero target across its operations and supply chain and to identify which aspects of their business will be critical for decarbonisation in the long term and what is low hanging fruit. The Gym Group had already developed a plan to reduce emissions associated with its sites and how feasible different energy efficiency measures and on-site renewable energy generation could be. The result of the submission and scope 3 calculation was that The Gym Group can now see which suppliers and products are most important for meeting its net zero target, which suppliers are aligned in their own commitments to decarbonisation and which will require urgency and further engagement in order to support The Gym Group on its net zero journey.

Quantifying a company’s impact through a carbon footprint enables a business to respond to a range of mandatory disclosures and policies such as Climate-related Financial Disclosures (CFD) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) as well as to better understand how to engage suppliers or select products and inform stakeholders. This commitment to a science aligned net zero target shows The Gym Group’s dedication to a brighter and more responsible future.

To find out how Simply Sustainable can help you develop your carbon footprint or net zero strategy , request a call-back from one of our team of experts.

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At Simply Sustainable, we recognise that as companies begin to decarbonise, they must leave no one behind, and ensure that the social impacts and benefits of the transition to a low-carbon economy are considered.

Impacts and benefits

  • Accurate measurement of carbon footprint, including all relevant scope 1, 2 and 3 emission categories, in line with internationally recognised standards.
  • Preparation of the Environmental Stewardship chapter of Cembra’s 2022 Annual Report, including support for obtaining external limited assurance.
  • Engaging employees and upskilling departments within Cembra, increasing their confidence and knowledge about carbon accounting and reporting.

We were very happy with Simply Sustainable’s work, its expert insights and guidance, which has set us off on a good start in our journey towards reducing our emissions. Marcus Händel Head of Investor Relations and Sustainability, Cembra Money Bank AG

The story

Cembra Money Bank AG (Cembra) — a Swiss-registered bank that provides financial solutions and services to around 1.1 million customers — sought support to enhance its approach to identifying and assessing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Simply Sustainable was delighted to support Cembra in this endeavour, with the aim of ensuring its GHG emissions are measured and reported in line with international best practice.

Project overview

The finance sector plays a critical role in decarbonising to help limit global warming to well below 2°C (preferably to 1.5°C) in line with the Paris Agreement. Due to their direct control over what they invest in, which subsequently influences what other businesses and individuals can buy or build, banks and other financial institutions are instrumental in driving emission reductions across supply chains worldwide.

In 2022, Simply Sustainable calculated Cembra’s carbon footprints for their 2021 and 2022 reporting periods. Working closely with key stakeholders, Cembra’s GHG emissions were calculated in line with international best practice, including the GHG Protocol: Corporate Standard (2004:2015), the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) Financed Emissions (Part A, 2022), and the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Financial Institutions (2022).

Following a comprehensive GHG screening and inventory analysis, we ensured that all material scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions from Cembra’s business activities were accounted for in the carbon footprint. With the refinement of the carbon accounting methodology, Cembra’s previous 2021 carbon footprint was recalculated to include all materially relevant emission categories. In response to new guidance issued by the PCAF in December 2022, Cembra calculated the emissions associated with its vehicle investment portfolio for the first time.

The analysis explored all aspects of Cembra’s emissions footprint, including those arising from the value chain (commonly referred to as ‘scope 3 emissions’) and revealed the areas of the business that contributed the largest proportion of emissions (i.e., emission hotspots). Taken together, the findings from the 2021 and 2022 carbon footprints informed the Environmental Stewardship chapter of Cembra’s 2022 Annual Report, which obtained external limited assurance.

To find out how Simply Sustainable can help you on your carbon journey, request a call-back from one of our team of experts.

At Simply Sustainable we develop tailored, robust strategies that are designed to guide our clients to achieve a step-change in their ESG and sustainability performance, creating long-term value and delivering positive impacts on people and the environment.

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Impacts and benefits

  • Development of an ambitious and robust, group-wide Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy
  • Agreed comprehensive ESG ambitions, KPIs and targets aligned to best practice sustainability frameworks and industry standards
  • Placed internal and external stakeholder needs at the heart of WSH’s strategic approach to ESG
  • Recommended ESG governance frameworks to facilitate the delivery of the strategy.

The story

We were delighted to begin working with WSH, a hospitality business with a host of brands across the UK, Ireland and Europe. This was a fantastic opportunity to support WSH on their mission to develop the business’ first group-wide ESG and sustainability strategy.

From the outset of the project our strategic planning priorities were to acquire a thorough understanding of WSH’s heritage, company culture, external drivers, core operations and goals. Engagement with internal and external stakeholders was fundamental to developing a strategy which personified WSH’s rich heritage and culture. Over 300 stakeholders were surveyed or interviewed, including WSH and subsidiary brand senior leaders, customers and suppliers. This gave us broad-ranging, deep insights into the business priorities. Along with a business impact evaluation for each topic, we produced a comprehensive Double Materiality assessment.

The outcomes of the Double Materiality assessment were complemented with a review of the business’ external ESG drivers to determine the priority ESG topics and key objectives for the strategy.

In September 2021 we started working with the team at Simply Sustainable to create our group-wide ESG strategy. We really valued their expertise at each stage of the strategy development, as well as the professional and personable relationship we maintained throughout the project. We now feel confident that we have an ESG strategy that will put us in a strong position to negate the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities that the future holds. Andy Milner Procurement and Supply Chain Director, WSH

With the strategic framework in place and consideration of key external drivers and best practice we worked with the leadership team at WSH to co-create a comprehensive set of KPIs and targets with focused objectives. In order to successfully integrate the strategy, we produced a series of focused target action plans covering a period of 18-months. Since the conclusion of the project, we have continued to support WSH through a retained support agreement focused on the development and initiating of a new ESG governance and resourcing framework to ensure the effective allocation of resources and delivery of the strategy.

The final strategy builds upon WSH’s strong heritage of social and environmental performance across its subsidiary brands and the business’ commitment to become an ESG leader within their industry.

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