Aberdeen Standard Investments, the title sponsors of next week’s Ladies Scottish Open, have announced that they will offset the greenhouse gas emissions created by players and caddies travelling to and from the event.
The co-sanctioned event will be played behind closed at The Renaissance Golf Club, North Berwick, from 13th to 16th August, and will see the investment company work together with ClimateCare, an expert in financing, managing and developing climate projects to support the accredited Gola Rainforest protection project in Sierra Leone.
This will see the event’s title sponsor offset emissions from all 144 players and their caddies, and it has committed to doing so for the next three years.
“At Aberdeen Standard Investments we invest responsibly, which is why environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are incorporated into our everyday activities,” said Sandy MacDonald, Head of Sustainability at Aberdeen Standard Investments.
“We are proud to be making a difference through the Ladies Scottish Open and by supporting an amazing project which helps address the issues of climate change and biodiversity loss. It is one small step as part of a much wider and long-term strategy.”
The news comes after Aberdeen Standard Investments, a Category Partner at the Sport Industry Awards 2020, reached its target of becoming carbon neutral earlier this year.
“We work with forward-thinking organisations to turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes,” said Robert Stevens, Director of Partnerships, ClimateCare.
“Our trademark Climate+Care approach is helping Aberdeen Standard Investments and the Ladies Scottish Open take a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions through projects which also support sustainable development”.
The project the pair will work on wil aid the protection of the Gola rainforest, home to over 330 species of bird, the rare pygmy hippo and critically endangered western chimpanzees. It will also offer support and training for local farmers in sustainable cocoa farming, as well as investment for schools, hospitals and education.
The 2020 edition of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open will go ahead as a made for TV event after organisers and stakeholders could ensure the delivery of an event with strict safety protocols in place. A decision to go ahead was taken after consultation and collaboration between the Scottish Government, Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland, the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour (LET).
The event will feature a strong field with three of the world’s top ten players in action and a total of 34 countries represented in the field, including Nigeria’s first-ever LET player, Georgia Oboh, as well as a number of international stars who will be joining the tournament bubble after travelling from the United States, where the LPGA Tour has staged a successful resumption.
While no fans will be in attendance, the event will be broadcast on Sky Sports and the Golf Channel, with enhanced content on the event’s digital channels.