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Our ambition

The partners of The Solheim Cup recognise the importance of protecting the environment, minimising climate change and helping showcase sustainability in action, at a global sporting event

That is why we are teaming up to address the environmental footprint of the event, as well as protect and promote Gleneagles’ outstanding nature.

Get involved

Everyone has a part to play in making The 2019 Solheim Cup one of the most sustainable sport events in the world and one that we can all be extra proud of. We are working to implement a number of Scottish Government priorities as we:

  • Reduce the carbon footprint
    • Public transport, car sharing, using the efficient park and ride service, clean fuels and by engaging with local suppliers and contractors
  • Achieve ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’
    • Avoiding single use materials, making sure all materials are separated for re-use and recycling
  • Conserve nationally and internationally important habitats
    • Protect the 19 designated areas on Gleneagles Estate and the rare and iconic Scottish wildlife
  • Promote sustainability to more people
    • Engaging in, and promoting, green activities

Actions and commitments to date

Gleneagles Resort

Gleneagles’ has a reputation as one of the most sustainably managed golf resorts in the world, as recognised through various awards and certifications, including the independently verified GEO Certified label for golf facilities that are fostering nature, conserving resources and supporting communities.


We are working with numerous suppliers and contractors to make sure that, collectively, we are reducing the use of water, energy, fossil fuel, waste, and carbon emissions across all key aspects of event staging. We are also working to offer local, certified, organic, and healthy food and beverage options (in line with Scotland’s Food and Drink Charter), in addition to and use re-usable tents, grandstands and other infrastructure.

Outreach and Communications

Watch this space for more information about the collaborations and spectator engagement activities we’ll be rolling out before and during The Solheim Cup, and the post-event environmental and social legacies.

Our Sustainability Partners

We are working closely with the Scottish based GEO Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing sustainability in and through golf around the world. Find out more at sustainable.golf

Partners’ and suppliers’ sustainability actions

Enva (William Tracy) 

  • Zero Waste to Landfill – owns a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) plant, which converts residual materials into RDF for use in energy, resulting in 100% diversion from landfill
  • Mixed Recycling Materials – collected and treated by Enva facilities, materials will be sorted and segregated for baling with material meeting market quality standards
  • Waste Separation – all containers to be colour coded lids to assist with segregation, as well as signage to assist the general public. Bin liners to be transported to a Trade Waste Compaction vehicle for disposal, which is located on site to reduce carbon footprint. Food and glass to be disposed via 240 litre wheeled bins
  • Bulk Materials – can dispose of all streams, including difficult waste streams such as carpets and polystyrene
  • Waste Management – recycling of Timber, Pallet, Metal, Construction, Battery, Confidential Waste and Hazardous Waste
  • Additional Sorting – Enva’s Materials Recovery Facility will be utilised for processing dry materials – cardboard, paper, cans, plastic, with materials being segregated and baled then sold through Enva’s commodities teams

Transport (Transport Scotland)

  • Rail Stations – specific station serving Gleneagles, and looking at ways to incentivise rail travel
  • Public Transport – rail, taxi, park and ride shuttle bus provided. These are included on SC and Traffic Scotland websites, approaching the event media releases will promote these travelling options. A free shuttle bus between Gleneagles and local communities Stirling (space for 3424 cars) and Perth (space for 856 card) will be provided. There will also be approximately 5000 people travelling to the event via rail – these options for transport to the event will dramatically decrease the amount of carbon footprint released
  • Cycle Routes – to be advertised by the local authority to encourage this mode of transport
  • Vehicles – Euro 6 powered vehicles (EU directive to help reduce level of harmful pollutants from new vehicle) for the Park and Ride shuttle service
  • Spectators – encouraging all spectators to car-pool to reduce the amount of carbon emissions released

Transport (Abellio)

  • Bio-Fuel – trialling a temporary bio-fuel tank in May, if successful could be implemented in Solheim CupReducing Mileage – using operators local to the site to reduce dead mileage. Offering a CO2 emission calculation on all routes that are timetabled

Infrastructure (Arena)

  • Use of Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Focus on managed and controlled transport of our equipment
  • Through their environmental policy they aim to contribute to a balanced environment, reduced consumption of resources and minimising impact on both operational sites and project sites.

IMG Merchandising 

  • Recycling – Plan to separate cardboard and plastic onsite using dedicated recycling compactors provided at the event
  • Insulated water bottles – Providing all volunteers with reusable water bottles, in addition to the 1500 school children attending the PING Junior Solheim Cup
  • Carrier bags – will be multi use
  • Transport – staff will be car sharing to the site to minimise emissions and carbon footprint
  • Minimal packaging on product lines where possible
  • Till roll recyclable

Fitzpatrick Signage

  • Re-use all material