Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi have eliminated all single-use plastic bottles from their premises as of this month, underlining their commitment to environmental sustainability.
A combined total of more than 100,000 plastic water bottles are consumed by golfers between the two properties on an annual basis. Joining the global movement to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and conserve the environment, the goal is to reduce this figure by 40% this year.
Members and guests will be encouraged to use and refill their own reusable water bottles from the water coolers throughout their round, these water coolers will be equipped with hand sanitisers following health and safety directives as well as ensuring a hygienic environment for players and associates alike.
Commenting on the new sustainable initiative Francisco de Lancastre David, Cluster General Manager at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi, said: “As plastic waste and pollution increases, we should all be making a conscious effort to do our part.
“I’m proud to have both golf clubs on-board with this new sustainable initiative, which will reduce our carbon footprint significantly. I hope that our members and visitors will be encouraged by this when visiting the course.”
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi, both of which are owned by Aldar Properties, are committed to preserving the environment and promoting environmental best practice.
With that in mind, Saadiyat Beach has completed the Audubon certification process and the golf course has been officially certified as a sanctuary.
The International Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting diversity in bird species. The programmes include habitat protection, green energy development and the management of protected areas while encouraging the public to become a part of the birding community.
The emphasis is on conserving urban habitats by promoting planting trees and dedicating time to creating a bird-friendly environment.
Saadiyat Beach is home to over 180 bird species, families of Mountain Gazelle and is also a natural nesting area for the Hawksbill turtles. All these elements create an unparalleled experience which should be taken good care of. The programme is designed with sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment and in compliance with strict environmental guidelines.
To further cement their green footprint and dedication to making a difference, Saadiyat Beach is already accredited for a number of certifications, such as Environmental Planning, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management and Chemical use Reduction and Safety.
The move to eliminate single-use plastic from the golf clubs is in line with Aldar Properties’ sustainability strategy which is built around the key pillars of economy, community, people and environment. In December 2019, Aldar launched its first sustainability report which outlines its strategy and initiatives in detail.