With only two weeks to go before the European Ryder Cup team seeks to claim back the Ryder Cup from the United States, final preparations are under way to ensure the event delivers both sporting drama and environmental performance.
The focus of the organisers has been to deliver a world class sporting event, whilst protecting the site and carrying the smallest possible environmental footprint.
As the tented village is constructed, and contractors and suppliers start to bring products and services from across Wales, the UK and beyond, innovative measures are being implemented across energy, transport, catering and waste, bringing resource efficiencies and cleaner fuels are to the fore.
In a bid to reduce car use, spectators are being encouraged to travel by train and car-share wherever possible. Additional capacity Ryder Cup trains will shuttle spectators between London Paddington and Newport to coincide with the start and the end of the action every day. This is supported by the provision of shuttle buses from Newport railway station and the park and ride facilities into the venue. With bus drivers operating to a no-idling policy, and only running buses whilst at full capacity, total vehicle journeys and total engine running time will be minimised. In a significant measure to reduce food miles, caterers have selected local producers and suppliers, and have combined their deliveries – reducing all food related transport by around 30%.
An official carbon offsetting mechanism , delivered in partnership with The Carbon Neutral Company and Greenstone Carbon Management is being promoted to all ticket holders, contractors and suppliers, through which unavoidable travel emissions can be mitigated. Both Ryder Cup teams have already committed to offset emissions arising from their travel to and from South Wales.
The waste management programme is one of the most comprehensive seen at any golfing event. With a procurement and materials policy directing all suppliers to ‘de-package’ and reduce the amount of non-essential materials brought onto site, waste contractors will be able to ensure that over 90% of all materials arriving at the site will be reused and recycled – further supporting green jobs in the local economy. Spectators are being encouraged to play their part through clearly signposted waste separation points in the tented village and at car parks.
Across hospitality and catering, a number of steps have been taken to reduce environmental impact. All food and beverage packaging will be made from recycled and recyclable material. The disposal of tens of thousands of plastic cups is to be eliminated by the introduction of a commemorative Ryder Eco Cup, which is manufactured from recycled and recyclable material. Spectators are being encouraged to buy it once, use it often and take it home. The Taste of Wales menu places an emphasis on local and organic produce, which is complimented with the use of Fairtrade products. FSC Certified paper is being used as standard.
Significant steps have also been made to de-carbonise the energy supply to the event, including Celtic Manor Resort’s full transition to a wind, water and solar derived ‘green tariff’. Alongside this, the Tented Village will be powered entirely by recycled vegetable oil.
The venue’s installation of a voltage optimiser unit has delivered an immediate saving of around 12% in the 2010 Clubhouse, supplemented by the installation of over 6000 low energy light fitments.
Greenstone Carbon Management estimate that all of this should make a significant difference to the event’s carbon footprint, with a target of a 15% reduction being set against the ‘business as usual’ baseline.
Accompanied by creative on-site communications, the players and spectators at the 2010 Ryder Cup will be aware that this premier sporting spectacle is striving to do all that it can to lighten its impact.