In an effort to strengthen the sport’s sustainability, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) embraced the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) guidelines Tweet This!. Accordingly, FEI’s global governing body actively supports FEI event organisers worldwide in implementing various sustainability initiatives.
One such initiative was the use, by the Helsinki International Horse Show (HIHS) Organising Committee, of horse manure to generate enough sustainable energy to power the event. In addition, the Organising Committee managed to reduce overall paper usage by 64%, used, where possible, electric and bicycle-powered transport and decreased the amount of single-use plastics and food waste.
These efforts were part of the HIHS Jumps Green project, aimed to develop and implement environmental initiatives at major events. The project’s results will be included in a new version of FEI’s Sustainability Handbook, which is currently being updated and brought into accord with GRI’s principles.
FEI’s sustainability initiatives and achievements also include the certification of its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland for low energy use, and increased recycling efforts and staff training, as part of FEI’s Green Office project.
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