Flemington Green Fields
Flemington Green Fields is dedicated to raising awareness of environmental sustainability and the VRC's sustainability programs.
In 2007 we introduced a Sustainability Charter to guide all staff and suppliers in their operations at Flemington Racecourse.
Since 2008, with the assistance of our sustainability partners, the Flemington Green Fields program has developed initiatives intended to achieve the highest standards in responsible event and venue management, delivering tangible reductions to the environmental impact of our operations, especially the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
- As the Official Energy Partner, Momentum powers the VRC’s extensive infrastructure and year-round calendar of events with SmilePower, every day of the year. SmilePower matches the VRC’s energy usage with the production of clean energy in Tasmania. Momentum is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Tasmania: Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy. Hydro Tasmania harnesses the natural energy of wind and water to produce a truly sustainable power source.
- We generate more than 25,000Kw/h of our own power through solar panels on The Grandstand rooftop and super screen.
- We recently installed a new chiller in The Grandstand, significantly increasing air conditioning energy efficiency, estimated to reduce annual co2 emissions by more than 40,000 kg co2.
- A pilot program to control commercial refrigeration throughout the Flemington grandstand facilities has demonstrated a reduction in refrigeration unit power consumption of more than 20 per cent, with plans to expand this program across the site in the future.
- We have worked with Cleanevent to create an organic waste stream to divert food waste away from landfill to composting facilities wherever possible. Food scraps captured during the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival resulted in 21 tonnes of organic waste sent to composting facilities.
- In conjunction with Cleanevent, we are continually improving infrastructure and processes to increase the effectiveness of waste management at Flemington. 81% of raceday waste from the 2012 Melbourne Carnival went to composting, food rescue or to recycling facilities for sorting.
- SecondBite, in conjunction with Peter Rowland Catering and our panel of accredited caterers, redistribute surplus food from Flemington to local charities - food that would otherwise go to landfill. In the 2011/12 financial year, SecondBite identified and redistributed over 3700kg of fresh surplus food from Flemington. Through this partnership, we:
- provided 7,448 meals to vulnerable men, women and children
- saved not for profit organisations over $11,000, allowing funding to be redirectied to other valuable services for vulnerable people and families
- prevented over 3,300kg of CO2 gases from being emited into the atmosphere from food breaking down in landfill.
From the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival, SecondBite collected over 2800kg of fresh food.
- With the support of City West Water, we have developed a long term water strategy for Flemington to drastically reduce our consumption of potable water, including a major in situ (underground) desalination project.
- In situ desalination (ISD) has numerous environmental benefits over existing aboveground alternatives: a chemical free process, ISD uses approximately 50 per cent less power than traditional desalination and eliminates the need for excess brine to be disposed of aboveground.
- In late 2011, funding was secured for a significant expansion of the program with additional ISD units to be installed across Flemington, saving millions of litres of drinking water each year. On completion this will fully service the considerable irrigation requirements of Flemington’s famous 2.3km course proper and training tracks, and effectively drought-proof the home of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
VRC Sustainability Charter
Sustainability and the VRC Vision:
To be a leader in world racing and represent best practice in event management and entertainment.
In pursuing this vision, the VRC is committed to attaining the highest standards in environmental performance.
Our vision is based upon balancing the needs of the environment and local community with that of our operations and which achieves best practice in sustainable event and venue management.
To achieve this vision, the VRC will manage its operations in accordance with the following objectives:
- Ensuring that the Melbourne Cup Carnival, by embracing the principles of sustainable event management, further enhances its status as a treasured Australian icon.
- Continually improving the efficient use of resources, particularly water and energy, and minimising the use of chemicals and consumables.
- Continually improving the management of our waste materials and effluents.
- Managing the Flemington Racecourse, gardens and facilities as a world leading venue and ensuring its sustainability as a profitable, community asset.
- Engaging with the local community on the impact of our operations.
- Ensuring the conduct of our events sets the highest standards for responsible event management, including the safety of our staff and all participants.
- Engaging with stakeholders so that they can better understand the contribution they can make to the delivery of our vision for sustainability.