Assess energy efficiency with online Carbon Calculator

Ben Curtis putts in front of cooling towers at Royal St George's in 2003.The English Golf Union (EGU) recently launched an online carbon calculator which has been produced as part of a project operated jointly by The R&A, the EGU and the Golf Union of Wales.  The carbon calculator is available to any golf facility in the world wishing to assess the energy efficiency of its course and associated buildings.

The project, which received £6,200 from The R&A, also looked at the carbon footprint of three golf facilities: Alresford and Woodhall Spa in England, and Conwy in Wales.  The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) was commissioned to carry out a carbon audit for each club, providing them with a report that recommended ways of operating in a more energy efficient manner.

This is the latest project operated by the EGU to be supported by The R&A.  From 2002 to 2010, 220 clubs in England benefitted from an Environmental Advisory Service, a project developed by the EGU, Natural England and The R&A. STRI’s Ecology and Environment Unit provided the advice after a site visit, following this up with a second visit to measure progress against set objectives.  The initiative had two key goals:

“The first objective was to raise awareness of the benefits of good environmental and ecological practices to our affiliate clubs, and the members and visitors that play their golf there,” said Paul Keeling, Club Services Manager for the EGU. “The second ambition was to demonstrate and communicate to central and local government, plus the community around the golf course, that golf is a responsible land user.”

In 2010, the project, to which The R&A contributed £30,000, culminated in the production of a summary report. The report can be downloaded here.

“This publication looks at the successes and failures of the clubs that participated in the programme, and the issues they had to overcome to meet their objectives,” Steve Isaac, The R&A’s Director of Golf Course Management said of the Environmental Advisory Service. “There are plenty of excellent examples of golf courses making a positive contribution to their natural environment, and to wider society as a consequence.”

Click here to find out more about the Carbon Calculator.

Click here to visit the Carbon Calculator webpage.

Click here to visit The R&A’s dedicated environmental and economic sustainability website,