The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing and owner of 15 racecourses, has a long-term commitment to sustainability. Environmental responsibilities are prioritised and the organisation strives to incorporate sustainable principles across all of its racecourses. Acting for the long-term good of British racing, every penny The Jockey Club makes is reinvested back into the sport.
Therefore, the UK’s second most-attended sport will benefit by the savings the Group can make through being as energy efficient as possible.
Previous energy saving opportunity assessments had uncovered major investment opportunities, but didn’t satisfactorily make the business case and it was felt that there was a more cost-effective approach that could deliver wider benefits to the organisation.
The Energy Services team at Carbon Credentials was invited to help prove this theory and ensure that The Jockey Club is on the right path to low energy operation.
A Techno-Economic Energy Survey of the three main buildings at Epsom Downs Racecourse was undertaken by Carbon Credentials. The venue is best known for hosting the annual Investec Derby, the most attended day in sport of 2012, but the buildings are actually used throughout the year for corporate events, and private occasions. This variable use means managing energy consumption must be closely aligned with operation, to ensure a high quality venue is provided with optimal energy consumption.
The Survey helped maximise the investment opportunity and returns for energy improvement projects with a systematic and analytical approach. The process involved a site survey, analysis of all available consumption data, and a detailed review of the building services and major energy uses in buildings.
The methodology used by Carbon Credentials, as part of the four stage Energy Performance Improvement Programme (EPIP), enabled identification of a different route to that previously proposed, which would offer a similar level of savings at much lower cost. For example, the process uncovered substantial energy-saving opportunities by setting back consumption for low use periods and days with smaller events. The potential for savings excluded days with major events such as the Investec Derby in June where putting on a world-class event is the main priority.
The adopted process has led to the identification of seven key projects, each with a number of specific actions. A detailed Techno-Economic Energy Survey of the opportunity for energy and carbon savings of each strategic project has been clearly planned with consideration of risks and next steps.
Carbon Credentials delivered a strong, quantified understanding of the impact the proposed energy conservation measures would deliver at Epsom Downs Racecourse. Through an investment of £145,000, savings of £94,000 will be realised every year. The total carbon saving from the projects identified would save 451 tCO2, a 28% reduction on the current emissions.
The Jockey Club and Carbon Credentials are now discussing options for implementation of projects at Epsom Downs Racecourse, and creating an optimal strategy for realising savings at all Jockey Club race courses.
“Carbon Credentials has truly demonstrated its ability to help us unlock our full energy performance potential. The team has helped the Jockey Club drive the agenda forward and we can now, with confidence, continue our journey with them to realise further energy improvement opportunities in our remaining 13 sites.”