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Brookside Courts

Improving our performance

We are acting to improve the club’s performance on energy, water, waste and other environmental issues. Members are used to recycling at home, trying to use less water, saving energy and maybe switching to lower carbon suppliers. Now we’re doing that as a club. An Environment Group has been at work since November 2023 figuring out how we can up our game. The first step was to understand how much energy and water we use, the carbon dioxide emissions we’re responsible for, the waste we create and what happens to it. We are also thinking about our direct impact on the Shepherd’s Cot environment and the wildlife around the club. The following items cover the main environmental issues we need to act on.

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Action so far:
– Thermostats installed in the clubhouse so we can cut energy waste
– More sustainable tennis balls sampled
– Video produced on recycling at the club – watch here

Energy and carbon

The club used electricity and gas in 2023 creating almost 21 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. We are responsible for about the same CO 2 emissions as two typical UK households of 2-3 people. Reducing these emissions is the most significant thing we can do
to improve our environmental performance – but also the most challenging. Installing solar panels on the clubhouse roof could halve our CO 2 emissions from electricity use. It will be expensive, so this is a medium term action. In the meantime, we will reduce
the gas we use to heat the clubhouse by using gas more efficiently. The club has already switched to LED lights on the main courts. We are investigating other electricity use.

Water

Watering the cricket field is the biggest use of water. Ideally, we would store rainwater but there isn’t space for storage and a pumping system. We are in touch with Thames Water, which has a conservation team that might be able to help and will co-operate with the other cricket clubs on the Cot.

Brookside also currently uses water (when it’s not raining) but the new surface will substantially reduce how much we need.