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The sector needs a decarbonisation plan with a deadline, so we’re launching a new conference called Evolve to act as a platform for debate Change driven by the young The UK Sport Think Tank recently revealed that 69 per cent of sports fans aged 16-24 support action against climate change. Young people also believe sport should do more to act sustainably and help the community, according to new research from audience targeting company, Global Web Index. Perhaps the current popularity and growth of outdoor activities, gyms, functional training and sustainable exercise is partly young people sending a powerful message about their attitudes. It’s worth noting that the number of outdoor walks logged on Strava and Apple Health trebled in 2020. New sustainable and eco fitness operators are emerging. For example, MDL Fitness, which launches in the UK in September 2021, is an eco gym startup that grew out of the MDL Marina company – operators of marinas in Spain and the UK. MDL already has green credentials, having installed solar panels generating 150,000kWh from April 2020 to February 2021 – the equivalent of planting 1,500 trees per year. Its new chain of green gyms will be powered by solar panels and will offer fitness equipment from SportsArt that converts human kinetic energy into electricity. [Go to and be among the first to read our profile interview with MDL Marinas in the next edition.] SportsArt’s equipment is also installed at SO51 Fitness, Romsey. The club was the silver winner of the 58

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RSG’s new fl agship Gold’s Gym in Berlin has a massive focus on sustainability, says Minton

Futureproofing and Innovation Award 2020 and 74 per cent of the energy created by members during their workout is converted into utility-grade electricity. Members at the SO51 gym in Romsey UK can watch on screen as their workouts are turned into watts and uploaded to the grid. They can also monitor their position on a ‘Green Member’ leaderboard. Three levels of ‘green’ memberships are available - indoor, outdoor and online - putting personal health at the heart of planetary health. In July 2020 Rainer Schaller’s RSG Group was the winning bidder in a court-approved auction to acquire the Gold’s Gym brand. The new campus for the brand, developed by RSG in Berlin, Germany, at 55,000sq ft is the flagship site with a focus on sustainability. The cardio area has 10 metre high trees that filter pollutants, training floors made from recycled car tyres and wall tiles made from recycled computer monitors, while