The energy of an ice rink

Ice rinks are fantastic additions to any community or event, offering a unique experience that combines recreation with social engagement. However, they also have significant energy demands. A temporary ice rink costs energy, but it also gives energy. How does  that work?

Christiene Bouwens
01 July 2024

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The energy consumption of an average ice rink can vary based on factors such as size, location and the efficiency of the equipment used. But just how much energy does an average ice rink consume?

Energy consumption of an ice rink

Making and maintaining an ice rink requires the following energy:

Cooling: To make and keep ice, we use a chiller.
Lighting: Lights make sure skaters can see well.
Heating/Ventilation: Necessary to keep the environment comfortable for spectators and skaters.

Energy consumption per day:

An average ice rink uses about 520 kWh of electricity.
On average, 500 people skate.
This means that 1.04 kW is consumed per skater.

For comparison:

1 swimmer per day in an indoor pool consumes as much as 8 skaters.

Why skate responsibly?

As the market leader, we see it as our duty to be as energy-efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.

  • Our system uses up to 40% less energy.
  • The ice rink’s energy consumption is offset.
  • Of all our transportation, CO2 emissions are offset.
  • All our ice rink materials are reused.
  • Our premises are self-sufficient through 6,000m2 of solar panels.

Read more about sustainability here.

How does an ice rink bring energy?

A temporary ice rink is not only a place for skating fun, but it also brings a tremendous amount of energy and vibrancy to a community. Here are some ways this happens:

1. Social connection

A temporary ice rink acts as a meeting place where people of all ages come together. It creates a sense of community and connects people through skating. Families, friends, neighbors and the business community can enjoy an enjoyable time together on the ice. The involvement of volunteers, young and old also contribute to stronger social cohesion.

2. Stimulation of local economy

The presence of an ice rink attracts not only residents but also visitors from surrounding areas. This increases foot traffic in the community, which benefits local stores, restaurants and cafes. Business owners benefit from the increase in customers, leading to more sales and a thriving local business community.

3. Positive effect on physical and mental health

Ice skating is an excellent form of exercise that helps improve physical fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle. By providing a temporary ice rink, the community encourages its residents to stay active during the winter months. This contributes to overall well-being and can help reduce seasonal depression by getting people out of their homes and allowing them to enjoy outdoor activities.

4. Fun for young and old

An ice rink provides fun for young and old alike. Children can take their first skating lessons and adults can enjoy the nostalgic feeling of skating. In addition, the ice rink also provides educational opportunities for schools and other organizations. Skating lessons, ice hockey training and ice safety workshops can be organized. This helps develop new skills in children and youth, contributing to their personal development.

5. Preserving winter culture and traditions

By offering a temporary ice rink, the municipality/organizer helps preserve a winter tradition. Providing a place where people can skate, even if the weather does not allow it, keeps this sport alive and ensures that new generations have the opportunity to experience it.

6. Events and Festivals

A temporary ice rink can become the centerpiece of winter festivals and events, such as Christmas markets, ice skating shows and theme nights. These events attract not only local residents but also tourists, providing additional revenue and increased visibility for the municipality.

7. Strengthening the Municipal Image

The presence of an ice rink can strengthen the municipality’s image as a lively and active place to live and visit. It shows that the municipality is investing in the recreational and social needs of its residents, which can help attract new residents and businesses.

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