CMAE and the Environment

For club managers throughout Europe, environmental issues will be increasingly important factors to be aware of – whether related to the use of energy at the club, waste management, irrigation and water usage, pesticides and fertilizers on sports surfaces or the protection of environmentally-sensitive flora and fauna within their property. 

Following the success of the historic first golf exhibition in the European Parliament celebrating “Golf – A European Success”, the website celebreating golf’s contribution to Europe in social, economic and environemtnal terms has been launched.

Continuing from this, the association is currently involved with two environmental initiatives:

EGA Golf Course Committee

Along with other pan-European organisations, the CMAE has been invited to participate as an active member of the European Golf Association (EGA) Golf Course Committee.

The purpose of the Committee is to present a single European voice to the EU, representing the game of golf on environmental matters to build relationships with appropriate contacts in Brussels. The Committee will anticipate and recommend compliance with EU legislation which may affect golf courses in Europe, communicate when necessary and report on such legislation to relevant organisations (notably the national associations who are members of the European organisations represented on the Committee) to raise awareness and to encourage them to act at a national level.

The Committee is comprised of representatives of eight different pan-European golf bodies:

For details of the members of the EGA GCC and other information, please click here

The Committee has published seven factsheets to help national associations and golf club owners and managers. These factsheets can be downloaded here:

The Committee hopes that these factsheets will help golf clubs to understand the EU issues and the position that the golf industry is taking on these issues.

The Golf Environment Organisation

An environmental partner for the CMAE and the sector as a whole, the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) supports golf in understanding the issues and improving performance, whilst working closely with government and environmental bodies.

The CMAE is a member of the Golf Environment Organisation’s ‘European Industry Forum’. The membership of the Forum comprises a group of strategic leaders that are working towards a future where golf will be internationally recognised for enhancing environmental quality and human wellbeing. It was set up to enable the international non-profit body to formally engage with Europe’s golf bodies.

Discussions within Forum meetings centre on the fundamental importance of a visionary and collaborative approach; on GEO projects and programmes; on practical ways to improve environmental communications within and out with the sector; and broadly on how the game might secure a future where it was unequivocally regarded as an asset to both people and the planet.

GEO’s highly anticipated new website – featuring the GEO Certification programme – launched at the BMW PGA championship in May 2009. The site delivers relevant, user-friendly knowledge and guidance that will help CMAE members maximise efficiencies and improve their product.

GEO Certification is the world’s most efficient, most credible and most cost effective environmental recognition programme for golf. The user-friendly on-line system presents a framework through which any golf club, anywhere can set about improving performance and raising its profile within the local and international community.

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