The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has called for stakeholder participation in its online questionnaire in a bid to boost sustainability of the sport.
The form is part of UK racing’s commitment to CSR, which has seen a combined commitment to developing the sport’s environmental sustainability made by the governing bodies of the BHA, Horsemen’s Group, Racing Foundation and Racecourse Association (RCA).
“Capturing the activity already underway across racing and breeding is a key element of our sustainability scoping exercise. This is essential if we are to measure our current progress and identify areas where there are opportunities for further progress,” commented Brant Dunshea, BHA Chief Regulatory Officer and Project Executive Sponsor
“I encourage anyone with interest, knowledge or experience in this area to complete the survey and help us collate some of this important activity. Thank you in advance for your help.”
Last year, the Racing Foundation committed to fund ‘scooping research’ on the environmental footprint of UK racing, undertaken by eco-sustainability consultancy White Griffin.
Scoping assessments will cover the areas of environmental sustainability, including CO2 emissions, decarbonisation and renewable energy, management of key resources such as water and plastics, and potential for positive contributions through biodiversity.
The BHA has also underscored the need for UK racing to understand the environmental footprint of its value chain across its core components of breeding, training, racing, equine travel, welfare and race days etc.
Questionnaire responses will be used to build an overall picture of projects and activities already underway across racing and breeding, with regards to reducing carbon emissions, managing resources more effectively, and improving land usage and biodiversity.
Furthermore, the questionnaire will help determine the scope for future projects and where support might be required, as well as provide further insights on the impact of land usage, current environmental reporting requirements and the potential impact of climate change on racing and breeding.
Rob Hezel, Chief Executive of the Racing Foundation, concluded: “As an industry, it is vital that we tackle environmental challenges if we are to future-proof racing for future generations.
“Everybody has a part to play in responding to climate change and it is important we collaborate across the industry to build this picture accurately. I therefore ask everyone to please complete the questionnaire to help racing to respond effectively on this crucial issue.”