Ryder Cup 2014

´┐╝As part of a commitment to continually improve, Ryder Cup Europe is raising the bar with planning underway to make sure The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland showcases the highest possible standards of sustainability.


The Ryder Cup

Sustainability issues have been important considerations for Ryder Cup Europe for along time, with the GreenDrive initiative starting at Valderrama in Spain in 1997. 

By 2010, at Celtic Manor in Wales, the GreenDrive covered nature, energy, supply chain, pollution prevention, waste, and communications.

Now, at Gleneagles 2014, the Ryder Cup GreenDrive is set to be one of the leading example of sustainability in sports and events.

A dedicated Steering Group is working to minimize energy consumed; achieve zero waste to landfill; protect and enhance the site's prized landscape and nature; and leave lasting positive environmental and community legacies, locally to internationally.

Central to that lasting legacy is the support of four local environmental and community good causes:

Perthshire Big Tree Country - conserving the areas ancient and iconic trees and woodlands.

John Muir Trust - connecting young people with nature and protecting wild spaces.

Green Golf Clubs - helping local golf clubs to enhance the environment and communities.

Zero Waste Scotland - working with local schools and community in Auchterarder to avoid all waste to landfill. 

The 2014 Ryder Cup Green Drive steering group


GEO is managing the GreenDrive initiative, working alongside a number of other groups.

The Steering Group includes Ryder Cup Europe, EventScotland, Gleneagles Resort, The Scottish Government, Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Golf Union, Scottish Natural Heritage and Zero Waste Scotland.




Ryder Cup Europe Ryder Cup 2014

The Ryder Cup is golf's most prestigious team event - engaging, inspiring and entertaining millions. It presents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase leadership in sustainability. At the 2010 Ryder Cup, GEO coordinated the delivery of a groundbreaking sustainable event staging plan - reducing resource consumption, raising awareness and showcasing innovation.

Gleneagles Ryder Cup 2014

Gleneagles is one of the most famous names in world golf. With three championship golf courses, including The PGA® Centenary Course Host Venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup, the resort is home to some of the game's finest holes, with challenges aplenty for beginner and pro alike.

EventScotlandRyder Cup 2014

Established in 2003, EventScotland works to generate, bid for, attract and sustain events, which will create an international profile for Scotland. EventScotland is dedicated to leading Scotland’s events industry and strengthening the nation’s position as a world-class events destination. The organization also promotes Scotland’s reputation as the world’s foremost golfing destination through strategic support and development of golf events.

Scottish Government Scottish Government

The Scottish Government focuses on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. The Scottish Government is also working towards a Greener Scotland by improving the natural and built environment and protecting it for present and future generations. 

Scottish Golf Union Ryder Cup 2014

Based at the Home of Golf in St Andrews, the SGU’s responsibilities span most aspects of the game in Scotland, from its original core business of staging national amateur championships and managing Scotland’s national teams, expanding to encouraging more juniors to play golf, providing support services to member clubs and working with government to protect the interests of the game.

Zero Waste Scotland Ryder Cup 2014

Zero Waste Scotland was created by the Scottish Government to take the idea of zero waste and convert it into action on a large scale. Zero Waste Scotland works with businesses, individuals, communities and local authorities to help them reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainability moving Scotland towards a Zero Waste society.

Perth and Kinross Council Ryder Cup 2014

Perth and Kinross Council’s vision is to maintain and improve the identity and character of Perth and Kinross; to encourage innovation and sustainability in design and maintenance; to encourage well-connected, welcoming places, and to encourage and enable everyone to use public spaces.