可持續發展報告顯示氣候變化和極端天氣對賽馬業的影響

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可持續發展報告顯示氣候變化和極端天氣對賽馬業的影響

最後更新於.從賽馬部分

一份新的報告警告說,賽馬必須採取一種 "全行業 "的方法來減輕氣候變化的風險。

該研究還着眼於圍繞碳排放、廢物處理和供應鏈管理的可持續性問題。

賽馬是英國休閒產業中的第三大水消費者。

環境署警告說,需要採取行動以避免水短缺,英國賽馬官員說,他們渴望在解決可持續發展方面發揮帶頭作用,使賽馬場更有效地使用水,並保護馬匹和騎師的健康。

英國賽馬管理局的Brant Dunshea說,這些發現將幫助賽馬運動解決其優先事項,並 "為我們的馬匹、人民和企業確保一個可持續的未來"。

在2017年至2019年期間,共有91場賽馬活動因水澇而被放棄。

另有14場因硬地而失去,增加了洪水的風險,對賽馬產生了重大的財務影響。

該報告將極端天氣事件與氣候變化直接聯繫起來,並表示該行業必須制定戰略計劃,以期待更多的事情發生。

在過去20年中,英國經歷了9個有記錄以來最熱和最乾燥的年份,硬地上的暴雨會導致山洪爆發。

一些賽馬場已經安裝了防洪設施,但考慮到所涉及的費用,報告說賽馬可能需要採取 "集中的方法 "來支持那些最容易遭受洪水風險的賽馬場。

報告強調,亨廷頓、南威爾和伍斯特是受最近極端天氣事件影響的球場的例子。

對水供應的需求也可能隨着氣溫的上升而增加,雖然所有賽馬場都已經承諾負責任地使用水,但需要進一步審查進入井眼和水庫以利用自然水供應,以減少消耗和更好地準備應對乾旱。

一些賽馬場已經在實踐水的可持續發展,阿斯科特已經創建了一個 "循環水系統,從屋頂收集雨水注入水庫,提高自給率"。

該報告還提到了氣候變化對馬匹的影響,並建議隨着夏季氣溫的升高,需要調整運輸方式。政府的建議可能會要求在未來溫度超過30度時,馬箱內必須使用空調。

關於碳排放,報告承認賽馬在運輸和能源需求方面對化石燃料的嚴重依賴,但表示其長期目標是完全淘汰化石燃料的使用,並以清潔能源取代。

處理賽馬會產生的廢物,包括一次性塑料、不可回收的廢物和固體廢物,也正在審查之中。

報告說,16個賽馬場已經禁止使用一次性塑料物品,如杯子,並以可重複使用的方式取代它們。在其他地方,賽馬場周圍約160英里的塑料欄杆最終將被替換成由80%可回收材料製成的可回收版本。


Last updated on .From the section Horse Racing

Horse racing must take an "industry-wide" approach to mitigate the risk of climate change, a new report warns.

The study also looks at sustainability issues around carbon emissions, waste disposal and supply chain management.

Racing is the third largest water consumer in the UK leisure industry.

With the Environment Agency warning that action is needed to avoid water shortages, British horseracing officials say they are keen to take a lead in addressing sustainability, equip racecourses to use water more efficiently, and protect the wellbeing of horses and jockeys.

Brant Dunshea of the British Horseracing Authority said the findings will help the sport address its priorities and "secure a sustainable future for our horses, people and businesses".

Between 2017 and 2019 a total of 91 racing fixtures were abandoned because of waterlogging.

A further 14 were lost to hard ground, increasing the risk of flooding, with significant financial impact on racing.

The report directly links extreme weather events to climate change and says the industry must make strategic plans in expectation of more to come.

The UK has experienced nine of its hottest and driest years on record within the last 20 years and heavy rainfall on hard ground can cause flash flooding.

Some racecourses have installed flood defences, but given the expense involved the report says horseracing may need to adopt a "centralised approach" to support those courses most at risk of flooding.

It highlighted Huntingdon, Southwell and Worcester as examples of courses affected by recent extreme weather events.

Demands on water supply are also likely to increase in line with rising temperatures, and while all racecourses are already committed to responsible water use, further reviews into accessing boreholes and reservoirs to utilise natural water supplies is needed to reduce consumption and better prepare for droughts.

Some racecourses are already practising water sustainability, with Ascot having created a "circular water system, which harvests rainwater from its roof to feed into the reservoir, improving self-sufficiency".

The report also referred to the impact of climate change on horses and suggested that adapting modes of transportation could be needed as summer temperatures increase. Government proposals could potentially require air conditioning to be used in horses boxes in the future if temperatures exceed 30 degrees.

On carbon emissions, the report acknowledged horseracing's heavy reliance on fossil fuels for transportation and energy needs, but said that its long-term goal is to phase out their use entirely and replace them with clean energy.

Tackling waste from race meets, including single-use plastics, non-recyclable waste and solid waste, is also under review.

The report said 16 racecourses have banned single-use plastic items like cups and and replaced them with reusable options. Elsewhere, the estimated 160-miles of plastic rails surrounding racecourses will eventually be replaced with recyclable versions made from 80% recyclable material.

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