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Raising the BAR – delivering on sustainability

Land Rover BAR Sustainability Report 2014/2015

It's been a year since we launched the team, and a year since we joined up with our Sustainability Partner, 11th Hour Racing. So we're particularly proud to be publishing our first ever annual Sustainability Report today, based on the internationally recognized standard in sustainability reporting, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It's the culmination of a lot of hard work by Dr Susie Tomson and her sustainability team.

Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of Land Rover BAR, commented:"We are all really proud of what we have achieved so far, achieving ISO20121 status and embedding sustainable principles within the team's operations. We will continue to push boundaries both on and off the water and by doing so hope to inspire the next generation and other sporting teams."

Dr. Susie Tomson commented: "Our approach to sustainability is about delivering more than just a winning sailing team. It is about inspiring the next generation and using our design and innovation expertise to deliver new ways of working, providing longevity for those future generations whether that be setting a blueprint for manufacturing efficiency, closing the loop around the use of composites or getting more kids out on the water."

Driving sustainability forward through the platform of competitive sailing is one of the main objectives of 11th Hour Racing: "We are proud of the significant milestones that Land Rover BAR is achieving, and we are thrilled to be working together to demonstrate the advantage of embedding sustainability into operations and innovations to achieve greater performance," commented Jeremy Pochman, President, 11th Hour Racing.

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AT LAND ROVER BAR

Base

  • Built to the BREEAM Excellent standard
  • 97% demolition materials recycled
  • 100% demolition concrete crushed and reused in foundations
  • 100% renewable electricity, maximising own production through 432 solar PV panels covering 100% available roof space
  • 25% water efficiency improvement from building regulations
  • Efficient use of natural light and ventilation through a giant central atrium.
  • Energy management and monitoring system, with 15 separate building performance monitoring points.
  • 30% energy savings through LED lighting
  • 100% VOC compliant paints & carpets
  • Rain water collection and reuse, with a 1200-litre tank harvesting rainwater
  • 30 cycle racks
  • Artificial reef project, with 50 marine species and the reintroduction of native oysters (planned for September 2015)
  • Landscaping introducing nine native plant species
  • Roof top bee habitats (planned for September 2015)

Boat and Sailing Operations

  • Materials research: testing recycled composites and natural materials
  • Line of sight technology eliminating additional team members on the water (Virtual Chase Boat)
  • Waste: goal of 60% diversion from landfill and waste-to-energy through recycling/reuse/composting
  • Water reuse and rain water collection used for wing ballast, boat washing.
  • Zero pollution incidents: spill kits on all support boats

Team Operations

  • Procurement Code and Sustainable Food Charter – local suppliers and locally sourced foods
  • Sustainable staff transport plan – target of 40% staff to use sustainable forms of transport - implemented Cycle to Work program, took part in national 'Love to Ride' challenge
  • Team travel checklist
  • Carbon management and carbon compensation program
  • Community engagement, employment, skills development, outreach
  • 1851 Trust: Youth education across science, technology and maths via 1851 Trust Visitor Center (planned for January 2016)