Ransomes Jacobsen re-affirms its commitment to sustainable golf

Peter Driverin Industry News

RJ-GEO 0003.jpgRansomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc company, has re-affirmed its long standing commitment to sustainability in golf through its appointment as the official and exclusive partner of the Golf Environment Organisation's (GEO) latest project.

The Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer will partner in the production of international Sustainability Guidelines for New Golf Development.

Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO commented; "For some time now GEO has advocated the need for a set of definitive sustainability guidelines for the planning, design and construction of golf courses. We now have the support in place from The R&A, the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA), the European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) and the European Tour.

"I am delighted that Ransomes Jacobsen has accepted our invitation to become our official and exclusive partner for this project. In recent years they have been a great source of support in the establishment of Golf Environment Europe and our evolution to the Golf Environment Organisation. Perhaps more importantly, they have been at the forefront of the emergence of an environmental movement in golf.

"They are leading the way in environmental management in the golf course equipment manufacturing sector and are totally committed to running their business to true environmental principles. An example of their commitment is that they are the only turf equipment manufacturer accredited with ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management. With this ongoing commitment to environmental best practice and responsible management they were our obvious first choice to partner this project."

David Withers, Managing Director at Ransomes Jacobsen added; "We are an environmentally aware organisation and market our products using the strap line 'Driving Environmental Performance', but this is much more than a marketing slogan. We are totally committed to the ethos of sustainable golf and have clearly demonstrated our support as sponsors of BIGGA's Golf Environment Award and the STRI's Sustainable Golf Course Management DVD.

We are also the initiators of an industry-first programme for the environmental disposal and recycling of redundant mowers and turf maintenance equipment, known as ELMO. We are delighted to accept GEO's proposal to partner this project and to see the body go from strength to strength."

With the funding and support now in place, this high profile project will run for two years and deliver strategic and practical guidelines for the planning, design and construction of golf courses, which will be of value to:

· Investors
· Developers
· Designers
· Course owners
· Governments
· Environmental organisations

About Golf Environment Organisation
Golf Environment Organisation is an independent non profit body which specialises in the social and environmental sustainability of golf. It comprises a large community of leaders, golf organisations, scientists and businesses which believe golf should become more sustainable.

It believes that golf is uniquely placed to enhance the environment and enrich people's lives, and has a vision that golf will be internationally recognised for enhancing environmental quality and human well-being.

Its aims are to strengthen the golf sector, enhance the environment and encourage sustainable lifestyles.


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