Our commitment to sustainability
Our mission is to act for the long-term good of British horseracing but we also have a responsibility to our customers and beyond. In 2012 we launched the Going Green programme to significantly reduce our impact on the environment.
We set ambitious targets for both energy and waste:
To send no waste to landfill by 2020
To reduce our energy consumption by 25% reduction
In 2018 we stopped sending waste to landfill, two years before our target date. Through the work of our Green Champions, five of our sites achieved more than 80% recycling in 2018 with Carlisle achieving 92%.
Our target for 2019 was to reduce the total volume of waste by 10% and this target was exceeded.
Now we are turning our attention to eliminating the use of single-use plastics. We banned plastic straws and stirrers on all of our courses from June 2018 and since then, we have worked through other single-plastic items either eliminating them or significantly reducing the use of them.
A number of our racecourses introduced reusable plastic cups during 2019 with some of the larger events moving to a recycled cup which goes on to be recycled again.
CUTTING OUR CARBON EMISSIONS AND INVESTING IN RENEWABLES
We are working hard with our colleagues to reduce our energy consumption; resulting in a 14% reduction in total mainline energy consumption in one year (2018 vs 2017).
We not only want to reduce the energy we use but ensure that the energy we do use comes from clean and sustainable sources. In 2017 our solar panels at Exeter produced enough electricity to power 15 homes for a year. And that’s just the start!
In 2018 solar panels were installed at Newmarket and Cheltenham racecourses and at the National Stud. They generated around 300,000 kWh in 2018 and we are aiming to produce more than 500,000 kWh in 2019.
We won’t stop here. There are lots of exciting plans in the pipeline and we will continue to make sure we continue to cut our impact.