Best Practice Guidance
Following the GEO policy and best practice guidance the European Tour Green Drive aims to address the key processes and activities that impact the sustainability and ultimately reduce the ecological footprint of professional tournament golf.
Encourage the use of accommodation that is working sustainably and received certification through sustainability awards (i.e. Green Tourism Award). Provide shuttle buses from events and any transport terminals to approved accommodation.
The development of an environmental policy to reduce or eliminate the use of HFC gases in air conditioning, refrigerating equipment and fire suppressants. Improving the design of buildings and temporary structures removing the need for air conditioning while the use of equipment containing non HFC substances should be encouraged.
The implementation of sustainable catering at events, with a major focus on food, packaging and waste.
- Ensuring food is fresh and sourced locally as to support local communities and minimise CO₂ emissions through transport and the amount of travel. Organic and sustainable foodstuffs should be used and sourced from producers with good environmental credentials.
- All packaging should be kept to a minimum and where possible be comprised of recycled/recyclable/compostable materials.
- Waste should be minimised at food outlets through portion control, stock control, use of non-disposable crockery and cutlery and the development of compost for any food wastes.
- Catering vans should avoid use of portable generators instead connect to the site electrical supplies.
ENERGY AND POWER
Minimisation of non-renewable energy and power consumption at events by prioritising the use of renewable sources and more efficient machines and equipment.
Use of more sustainable materials for the construction of temporary event infrastructure, sourcing locally in order to minimise CO₂ emissions induced through transport. Post event an emphasis should be put on the re-use and recycling of all temporary structure materials.
Minimisation of transport wherever possible and when needed ensure that transport is low carbon. Efficient transport should be implemented for spectators, players, goods and services alike through the provision of shuttle buses, public transport, efficient logistics and the supply of low carbon fuels and ultra-efficient vehicles.
Move towards the use of e-tickets (electronic tickets) and m-tickets (mobile tickets) which reduced the distribution impacts from traditional ticketing.
Adhere to the waste hierarchy (prevent>reuse>recycle>recover>treat>dispose) at all times in order to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill. Encourage the public to recycle at events, contractors to reuse constructions/products and suppliers to minimise packing and food wastage.
Wood sourced from suppliers who have credible wood production programmes that are internationally recognized (i.e. Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, EU Timber Regulation). Reduction in the use of all wood products where possible ensuring those used are recycled and reused (i.e. paper consumption).
Ensure the location of fuel tanks avoids high risk locations (i.e. spring, well, borehole, watercourse) and that all tanks are structurally sound and suitable for the type of oil contained. Application of integral bunding or an external bund will ensure tanks have a secondary layer that can hold a capacity of 110%.
The establishment of a procurement code for an event sets a minimum standard that must be achieved by suppliers and contractors, forming the basis of many of the decisions that are made around resource use. The aim is to ensure the economic factors are balanced with environmental, social and ethical issues in mind.
In order for a tournament venue to receive GEO Tournament Certification that venue must already be OnCourse certified (award by GEO for sustainable golf courses). A club can then be GEO Certified once an independent 3rd party verifier confirms the venue meets the minimum standards and is committed to improving over time.
Out of the 48 European Tour host venues in 2015, 5 are GEO Certified (Le Golf National - France, St Andrews - Scotland, Kennemer G&CC - Netherlands, Carnoustie - Scotland and Emirates Golf Club - United Arab Emirates) and 15 are OnCourse while the host venue of The European Tour Q School (PGA Catalunya Resort - Spain) is also GEO Certified. The European Tour and GEO’s aim is to adopt a final tournament standard (GEO Certification) that all the European Tour Host Venues must meet and adhere to in order to host a European Tour event.