BHA identifies key environmental issues in new racing overview

the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) introduced an environmental and sustainable assessment of sport progress with the aim of helping long-term planning for stakeholders.

The governing body said that race leaders need a “clearer picture of the current environmental activity” recorded in the components of the sport value chain of breeding, training, races, horseback riding, wellness race days, etc.

“We believe environmental sustainability is crucial for the long-term future and prosperity of British racing, which is why it is a key pillar of the Racing Foundation’s strategy,” commented Rob Hezel, Managing Director of the Racing Foundation.

“A lot of work has already been done across the industry, ranging from decarbonization efforts to grassland management and waste reduction.

“The research project will actively engage with companies, employers and race participants, and in particular” those with an interest or specialized expertise in environmental sustainability “

The authority said the initial assessment will identify key sustainability issues, risks and opportunities for the race while helping governing bodies understand and communicate climate change risks to stakeholders and the public.

The exploratory assessments will cover the areas of environmental sustainability, including CO2 emissions, decarbonization and renewable energy, the management of key resources such as water and plastics, and the potential for positive contributions through biodiversity.

The research project will be undertaken by a consulting firm in sustainable development White griffon, thanks to a fund initiative of the Foundation of races. White Griffin has started the assessment which will take place over a three month period.

Ruth Dancer, The White Griffin manager commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the racing industry on this project. Running is a unique sport in terms of its relation to the environment, so it’s a really exciting field, with huge potential. “

As a project manager, White Griffin is currently completing a first scoping exercise, before moving on to the broader industry engagement phase which will launch in January 2022.

“By working closely with individuals and companies across the industry, we will explore the expertise and enthusiasm that exists within the race, gather information on ongoing activities and make recommendations on areas where there is potential for action, ”Dancer continued.