Greening The Ryder Cup

For many years environmental and sustainability issues have been important considerations for Ryder Cup Europe.

At Valderrama in Spain in 1997, pioneering work, supported by the European Commission broke new ground in integrating sustainability into sporting events.

By 2002 at The Belfry in England, the initiative had expanded leading to the production of the first ever set of Environmental Guidelines for Golf Events.

At The K Club in Ireland in 2006, waste and biodiversity were the major focus.

And at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales in 2010 the sustainability programme covered ecosystems, water, energy, supply chains, communications and environmental quality protection across multiple aspects of venue operation and staging.

Click here to download the official 2010 Green Drive Report.

Embracing an ethos of continual improvement, Ryder Cup Europe is committed to raising the bar further as plans progress towards Gleneagles 2014.

About The 2014 Green Drive

Planning is already underway to make sure The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland can showcase high standards of sustainability.

The Green Drive Steering Group is currently setting out policy and best practice for the event, ensuring that the latest insight and expectations are incorporated into plans.

The Group comprises Ryder Cup Europe, EventScotland, Gleneagles Resort, The Scottish Government, Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Golf Union, Scottish Natural Heritage and Zero Waste Scotland.

The initiative is being managed by the Golf Environment Organization.

Your help

Over the coming months we'll be inviting a wide range of people and organisations to support the Green Drive.

We'll need the assistance of contractors and suppliers, local businesses, spectators and the media to make it a real success.

So look out for news and information about how we'll be helping you to help us make this the most sustainable Ryder Cup yet.