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PGA Catalunya Resort becomes first European Tour Destination to achieve GEO Certified status

12.05am 13th November 2013 - Courses

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PGA Catalunya Resort, first venue in Catalonia and first European Tour Destination to become GEO Certified
PGA Catalunya Resort, first venue in Catalonia and first European Tour Destination to become GEO Certified

PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, has become the first European Tour Destination – and the first golf resort in Catalonia – to attain golf’s international ecolabel, GEO Certified™.

As one of the top ranked golf courses in Europe*, PGA Catalunya Resort demonstrated a comprehensive approach to environmental and social issues, meeting specific criteria in the six areas of sustainable golf – Nature, Water, Energy, Supply Chain, Pollution Prevention and Community.

With water and energy becoming increasingly important global topics, the home of Spain’s No.1 course has recognised the value in minimising consumption and exploring opportunities for renewable alternatives and diversified sources, to reduce its demand on main grid supplies.

David Bily, the independent verifier who recently visited the World Top 100 venue, said: “Using the GEO OnCourse™ programme to achieve GEO Certified™ has allowed PGA Catalunya Resort to make great strides in their sustainability performance.

“The GEO Certified™ award will help it build on its current achievements, and I believe, with the enthusiasm and commitment shown towards future improvements, PGA Catalunya Resort will further extend it’s position as a leading example of sustainability in golf in Spain.”

David Bataller, Golf Courses and Grounds Manager at PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “Sustainability is now top of the golf industry’s agenda. We understood the importance, and benefits, of implementing specific environmental and social actions.

“GEO Certified™ is a symbol of the very best golfing environments worldwide and we are proud to have achieved this trusted industry ecolabel.  We’d also like to extend special thanks to Jacobsen for their help and support in our environmental management and throughout the certification process.”

Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO, added support to the announcement: “Amongst many other activities, Spain’s No.1 golf course uses 100% recycled water, conserves hundreds of hectares of native scrub and pine forest, and has diversified its energy supply through the use of geothermal and photovoltaic systems.  Very few golf facilities better highlight the link between sustainability and quality than PGA Catalunya Resort.’

PGA Catalunya Resort’s main sustainability highlights include:

Administered by GEO, with wide stakeholder involvement and third party verification, GEO Certified™ is underpinned by openly-consulted environmental and social standards specifically relevant to golf, and serves as a credible platform for communications around real outcomes.

* As ranked by Golf World’s influential Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe and voted by top100golfcourses.co.uk

PGA Catalunya Resort www.pgacatalunya.com

GEO www.golfenvironment.org

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