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As a company with operations in 25 countries, we always seek to reduce both our local and global impact on the environment with clear, measurable actions. Through our attractions, we encourage our guests to respect their environments too and do the right thing for sustainable future.

Protecting the environment

We recognise that our operations have an effect on the environment, and we're committed to minimising any potential negative impact we have. Managing this effectively is in line with our strategic goals and essential for sustainable success.

Carbon reduction and managing climate change

We’re part of the UK Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), EU Energy Efficiency Directives and other applicable regulations worldwide. Every year we budget for environmentally-focused initiatives such as LED lighting, solar PV, variable speed drive and managing water efficiency across our sites.

Our approach to climate issues
Climate issuesMerlin’s approach

Energy use – the risk that using fossil fuel energy contributes to climate change

Investing in onsite renewable assets and support offsite assets by purchasing renewable energy certificates

Energy price – the risk of fluctuation in the global energy price

Investing in onsite renewable assets and support offsite assets by purchasing renewable energy certificates

Weather – the risk of distortion in weather patterns

Operating a balance of outdoor theme park resorts and indoor Midway attractions.

Waste, Recycling and the use of landfill

Diverting waste from landfill where possible through recycling, and generating energy from waste

Helping reduce plastic pollution

An estimated 26 million tonnes of plastic pollution ends up in the oceans each year. As advocates of marine conservation, we're focusing even more on removing single use plastic from our business and actively seeking out environmentally responsible businesses throughout our supply chain.

In 2018, we phased out plastic straws within all Merlin’s owned attractions worldwide. We'll continue to review the use of plastic within our business, seek innovative partnerships to raise awareness of plastic misuse, and promote recycling through our attractions.

Employee participation

Every year we take part in ‘We Care about our Planet’ events to support our commitment to sustainability. These include collecting plastics and other waste, encouraging staff to cycle, walk and even skateboard to work and driving awareness about environmental initiatives amongst our staff and guests. Our SEA LIFE aquariums host 'beach cleans' to clear litter and help prevent materials entangling and poisoning creatures that live on or near the beach.


We’re required to report on our carbon dioxide emissions annually. Our target is to reduce our carbon emission intensity by 2.0% year on year. Full details of our reporting can be found in the Responsible Business section of our Annual Report and Accounts.

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Merlin Entertainments Environmental Policy