Fair ways for a greener Nedbank Golf Challengeon December 8, 2013
The world’s leading golf tournaments are all committed to reducing their carbon footprint and ensuring that professional golf remains greener than even the fairways it is played on.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is certainly leading the way in this respect.
The tournament is run strictly according to an effective Environmental Management
System (EMS), which focuses on everything from controlling the negative impacts of litter and irrigation, to illumination and air-conditioning, and eliminating the excessive use of non-recyclable packaging and print collateral as well as pollution through diesel and oil spills.
During the infrastructure build of the event, the trees and natural areas are left unaffected. Some trees are even incorporated into the stand design or pruned back to allow for the construction.
Any plants and grass removed are sent to a nursery for the duration of the event and they are replanted after the grandstands and facilities have been taken down.
Even the majority of the shade cloth used in the construction of the grandstands is reused the next year or recycled.
Recycling is a key focus of the event. There are two waste collection and separation sites, and the recyclable materials are sold off-site, while all food waste is sorted and converted to compost at the on-site composting facility.
In 2011, 15 tonnes of wet waste were composted which increased the total recycling rate of all waste streams to 84% of the total waste.
Every effort is taken to ensure that a tournament that covers over 2.5 hectares – including 62 marquees and sky boxes; production, technical, public and service areas with a total floor area of 11 500m2; and includes 14 big screen TVs and 13 grandstands – is as environment friendly as possible.
And when the winning putt drops on the Sunday, all that should be left behind are just the memories of another incredible Nedbank Golf Challenge.