European Tour to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles at season-ending DP World Tour Championship
European Tour to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles at season-ending DP World Tour Championship Image Credit: Supplied

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote sustainability, the European Tour has announced the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai will be played in a plastic water bottle-free environment for the first time.

The organisers of the tournament have implemented a number of measures to ensure the DP World Tour Championship, which is set to take place from November 18-21, is eco-friendly.

Among them are hands-free high filtered water systems which will be installed at Jumeirah Golf Estates – on and off the course with players, caddies, officials, and spectators able to refill their reusable water bottles or reusable/recyclable cups for free every day.

With these stations in place, the European Tour is encouraging all fans to bring their own reusable water bottles to keep themselves hydrated.

Food and beverage outlets will be selling glass bottles of water as well as recyclable canned water during the tournament, while reusable branded bottles will also be available to purchase during the DP World Tour Championship.

Installation of the water dispenser systems and the decision to remove single use plastic water bottles reaffirms the European Tour’s commitment to sustainability and delivering tournaments with lighter environmental footprints.

Earlier this year, the European Tour launched Green Drive, a sustainability initiative which underlines an intensified approach towards priority issues such as climate change; biodiversity loss; air and ocean pollution; and sustainable and ethical procurement.

Green Drive is also aimed at contributing to internationally recognised environmental and social priorities, including many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The approach to climate action is directly aligned to The Paris Agreement and the UN Sport for Climate Framework.

Tom Phillips, European Tour’s Head of Middle East, said: “Today marks an important milestone in the history for the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai by eliminating single-use plastic bottles which we believe will go a long way to helping protect the environment.

“This is a topic that continues to be more important than ever before and we hope that with these measures in place at both tournaments, people will not only be able to enjoy watching the world’s best stars battle it out for glory but also help us deliver a sustainable tournament by using eco-friendly water bottles when attending.”

Jumeirah Golf Estates will host the DP World Tour Championship with the top 50 ranked players on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex set to battle for glory on the Earth Course. Free tickets along with other hospitality options are available here for the tournament which includes a packed entertainment schedule for spectators to enjoy.