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Saadiyat Beach and Yas Links: 100,000 fewer plastic bottles

The fight against plastic waste on golf courses continues – with success: With the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi, two high-class courses in UAE have decided to no longer use plastic bottles. This saves a total of 100,000 bottles a year. The overall use of plastic was reduced by 40 percent at both plants in 2020. This initiative was triggered by the owner of the two golf courses, Aldar Properties. The company is pursuing a large-scale sustainability strategy, which is now also being extended to the golf courses. Both the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links are first-class golf courses that are mainly used by tourists and green fee players and are therefore also very much in the public eye.

“As plastic waste and pollution continue to grow, we should all do our part to prevent it,” said Francisco de Lancastre David, general manager of the two golf courses. “I am proud that we have both golf clubs on board with this sustainability initiative, which helps to minimize the carbon footprint significantly. Hopefully our members and guests will appreciate the initiative when they visit us.”

The 13th hole of Yas Links. Like Saadiyat Beach, the site is operated by Troon International, who also implement the plastic avoidance program.

Especially the Saadiyat Beach Club, which already has the certification process of the Audobon Society has been dealing with his for several years Environmental protection efforts have a name: more than 180 species of birds have been recorded at the facility, a green energy program is being developed and the local population is involved in the bird protection programmes.” Gazelles can often be seen at the facility, especially in the evenings. In addition, water consumption has been significantly reduced in recent years.