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.
Now we are turning our attention to eliminating the use of single-use plastics. We have banned plastic straws and stirrers on all of our courses from June 2018 and trials of reusable plastic cups and coffee cups are well underway. Look out for them the next time you visit!
Cutting our carbon emissions and investing in renewables
We are working hard with our colleagues to reduce our energy consumption. 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.
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.