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Sustainable Motorsport in the South West – BDCC

The Bournemouth and District Car Club can trace roots back to 1932 and now, in 2022, one aspect of the club’s future and that of ICE (internal combustion engine) motorsport in general is very clear – action on sustainability and environmental harm mitigation is critically important.

Grass roots motorsport is part of the fabric of the UK with numerous innovative racing teams, marques and world-famous competitors resulting from our tradition. A tireless army of volunteers ensure heritage is not lost with Motorsport UK continually seeking to improve support for local clubs up and down the UK in future, promoting the lifeblood of our sport. The advent of non-ICE cars and alternative fuelling (e.g. synthetic fuels) is something to be embraced moving forward, along with our own commitment to offset all carbon emissions at BDCC club events by the end of 2022.

Bournemouth & District Car Club is committed to the protection of the environment, reducing the detrimental impact of its motorsport events on the environment and improving the sustainability of motorsport in the UK. We operate an Environmental Sustainability System (BESS) with a named committee Sustainability Officer.

  • CO2 and Climate Change: By the end of 2022, BDCC will pay an environmental levy from each event to offset the CO2 produced by ALL competing vehicles, and that of the Bournemouth & District Car Club organisers on the event. We invest this in a local tree planting scheme to permanently offset the carbon produced and to achieve net-zero carbon for our events.
  • Waste: We make every effort to eliminate or reduce waste from all events. Our club members avoid printing unnecessarily and ensure that any waste is taken home. We remind all BDCC club members at each event to not leave anything at the venue or en-route and to recycle where they can.
  • Noise: Motorsport UK legal noise levels are required at all times, unless specified elsewhere. Vehicles found to be excessively noisy will be asked to rectify before entering and leaving events, whenever on the public road and in sensitive areas.
  • Land and water protection: BDCC actively protects all event sites and routes from intentional environmental damage.
  • Refuelling is avoided wherever possible on site and if strictly necessary to compete, then extreme care is taken with any spillage of any quantity of any hazardous liquid occurs reported immediately to Bournemouth & District Car Club, and use a spill kit quickly. All our competitors must use ground sheets at BDCC events.
  • Environmental awareness: Bournemouth & District Car Club promotes environmental sustainability as widely as possible, to members, associated organisations in Motorsport and to the public. We encourage you to spread the word about what we are doing and the importance of motorsport meeting the challenge of Climate Change.

If you have questions or would like to get involved competing or organising then contact

Best wishes,

Bournemouth & District Car Club Committee.