Over the last few years, T3 has undertaken an energy efficiency upgrade that has converted our complex into one of the most environmentally sustainable sports centre on the Canary Islands.
Examples of the work involved include:
• Replacing the existing lighting systems with low-energy lighting technologies.
• Installing a new solar panel system.
• Implementing water dispensaries in every location.
Tenerife is an island like no other. This natural paradise is home to more than just palm trees and sandy beaches, it’s also filled with quirky characters, hidden secrets and a rich cultural heritage. Yet even with all of these attributes combined, Tenerife is perhaps best known for its most obvious feature: its spectacular nature. The largest of the seven Canary Islands, this beautiful island is home to over 5 million palm trees, volcanic peaks and dense forests.
It’s no wonder then that in addition to being a haven for tourists, this green-clad island has also become a haven for sports enthusiasts. This raises the need for sustainable sports complexes in order to smoothly integrate sports tourism within the tourism industry, which already represents an environmental challenge on its own.
It’s important to understand the lifecycle of any building, but it’s even more important when it comes to sports complexes. This is because as sport complexes, we are often used on a daily basis, meaning that we are being exposed to a lot of wear and tear. This can be problematic as sports centres are expected to last for a long time – so it’s important to select a building material that is sustainable and can withstand the test of time.
Sustainable building materials are often more expensive than non-sustainable materials; however, at Tenerife Top Training, we understood that the long-term benefits make them worth! Our durable materials can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle, resulting in fewer waste going to landfill. Additionally, the careful selection of building materials allowed our centre to, not only be a high-quality sports complex, but also aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Nothing unifies people like sports, which brings them together from all backgrounds to support a single goal (or several goals). Climate change is a team effort, just as in sports, and we must all work together to find solutions if we are to stop global warming.
The fact that we are consuming resources at an unsustainable rate is the primary cause of environmental degradation, and as a result, our production of goods is increasing.
Much of the world’s economic growth has resulted from over-exploitation of resources such as fossil fuels. However, as the world’s resources become increasingly scarce, the constraints to growth become more visible.
For the benefit of ourselves and future generations, we are working to find ways to prosper on our planet and use its resources more sustainably – in a way that does not degrade the environment.
Female athletes should drink about 4.0 litres of water per day on average. Male athletes should drink approximately 5.7 litres. This equates to approximately 25,000 litres of water consumed within T3 since our water dispensers were installed (2018).
Even though PET water bottles weigh nearly half as much as they did in 2000, a single-serve 0.5 Liter PET bottle now weighs 9.9 grams of plastic. The result of the calculations is shocking… 250 kilograms of plastic waste!