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Examining the environmental impact of horse racing

Examining the environmental impact of horse racing


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A survey of those involved in British horse racing is the latest step in efforts to assess the industry’s environmental impact.

The questionnaire is open for all who are involved in racing and forms part of a larger assessment of progress on environmental sustainability. This was initiated by the Racing Foundation and funded by industry leaders last year.

The objective of the survey is to create a more complete picture of environmental activities and expertise in racing and breeding. This will help identify key issues, risks, opportunities, and recommendations for the industry to take to ensure environmental sustainability is part of its long-term plans.

British Horseracing Authority Chief Regulation Officer Brant Dunderhea said that climate change was a major problem for the sport. The sport is so dependent on the environment, transportation, as well as the use of essential resources, and sustainability is a major concern.

There is a real opportunity here for British racing to lead progress in this area, taking positive action to find effective solutions to the challenges we face and crucially grasp some of the opportunities,” he said.

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Rob Hezel, Racing Foundation Chief Executive, said that there had been a lot of work done in the industry. It included decarbonisation efforts, grassland management, and waste reduction. This work will help build an overall picture of where we are and where we want to be.”

The questionnaire is open to February 14.

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