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Sustainability

Golf is part of the solution

Wycombe Height’s Commitments

Guy Riggott has committed to 7 fundamental commitments which frame our strategy of how we will become Net Zero. For the last decade, Wycombe Heights part of the BGL Group has been a leader in sustainable golf and climate action and will continue to strive towards a greener future.

Our commitments are aligned to the Sustainable Golf Themes, Action Areas, OnCourse® tracking, Annual Scorecards and 5 yearly Certification provided by GEO Foundation (Golf Environmental Organisation) for Sustainable Golf.

We are proud to present what we have achieved so far across Energy, Water and Waste, and are committed to continuing our hard work within Sustainability and reducing the effects we have on the environment for the benefit of our employees, members, visitors and guests.

Our 7 Commitments

1. Planning, Policies and Procurement

Responsible procurement across our supply chain and exceeding legislation.

  • Including environmental considerations as an integral element of all procurement decisions.
  • Engaging with our supply chain to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of our purchases through collaboration.
  • Meeting or exceeding all environmental legislation applicable to our operations.

2. Staff and Golfer Engagement

Engage staff and customers to foster their understanding, support, action and pride.

  • Engaging with our staff and patrons to encourage actions and suggestions to help improve our sustainability, and create a team spirit.
  • To use facilities management to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and implement decisions that include consideration to embedded carbon, sustainability impacts of projects, and the environmental commitments of contractors.
  • Where possible, influencing our patrons to help reduce environmental impacts created.

3. Taking Climate Action

Minimise emissions across operations, maximising carbon storage across golfing landscapes.

  • Minimising emissions from all sources of energy by improving operational efficiency, planned maintenance, and encouraging members, staff, visitors and suppliers to help reduce consumption and reviewing renewable opportunities.

4. Conserving Resources

Being efficient with clean and renewable energy; diversify water sources and minimise consumption; reduce single use materials and waste to landfill.

  • Reviewing the quantity of water consumed on site whilst ensuring efficient use through stakeholder engagement, plus a regular planned maintenance programme as well as reviewing alternative sustainable water sources.
  • Seeking to reduce the amount of waste to landfill building the waste hierarchy (Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Eliminate) into standard management practices across the entire organisation.

5. Fostering Nature

Protect and enhance habitats, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, manage turf responsibly and avoid pollution risks.

  • Continue to protect and enhance habitats and biodiversity across sites.
  • Manage turf responsibly and sustainably for plant health and playing quality, not purely aesthetics, avoiding pollution risks.
  • Enhance the natural environment through sympathetic management and enhance the benefits of Carbon Sequestration and Natural Capital Value.

6. Strengthening Communities

Provide health and wellbeing through accessible products, while continuing to outreach into communities as a force for good and behaviour change.

  • Continue to diversify products and services to be accessible, thereby providing health and wellbeing benefits to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Continue to outreach into communities with education, recreation, charity and volunteering opportunities.
  • Increase levels of communications with golfers and communities to help drive wider behaviour change.

7. Tracking and Reporting

Track and analyse sustainability performance indicators to create annual facility and group wide reports and recommendations.

  • Track and update annual sustainability performance indicators in OnCourse® programme
  • Create annual individual facility Sustainability Scorecards and Carbon Reports
  • Create annual Burhill Group Sustainability Review
  • Feed relevant information into annual SERC reporting
  • Creating an annual Carbon Balance sheet
A view on the main course of Wycombe Heights GC

Our course and natural environment

Our courses fall within an Area of Outstanding Beauty and in June 2014 a Phase 1 Habitat Survey was conducted and mapped the various habitats identified across the site. The survey emphasized the importance of the site due to its location and proximity to the Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BB&O WT)  located to the North West of the course.  

An Arboricultural Survey identified specimen trees and highlighted a wider site management plan to encourage native broad leaf species to blur the lines between course and the wider landscape. We are continuing to engage with local stakeholders regarding the management of our land.

Golf can be part of the solution: Our facility which has 82 tCO2e (82 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) sequestration annually, has additional Natural Capital Value benefits including improving air quality, water quality, reducing air temperatures and enhancing local flood resilience in an urban landscape. 

New for 2023

Electric Greens Mower

Electric greens mowers may be more expensive than Diesel or Hybrid however we know the benefits to the environment out weigh the cost, here’s just a few:

• We are substituting diesel for zero carbon electricity – reducing operational emissions and contributing to cost savings

• No hydraulic fluid which is harmful to the local habitat when absorbed into the ground

• Utilise all-electric components for traction, steering, lift and cutting – enhancing cutting performance

• Much quieter (for operators and neighbours)

In early 2023, we undertook and energy audit highlighting the potential to reduce our consumption by over 35,000 kwh/year (approximately 12 tCO2/year), which we are now in the process of implementing the recommendations of. Our transition to renewable energy started with an offsite Certified Renewable Energy supply that has reduced our emissions by over 51 tCO2e per year, a reduction equivalent to flying 15 times from London to Hong Kong, and 150,000 kms in a car!

Energy

Ultimately our goal is to be taking in more energy than we are emitting. Which we will calculate through our measurement and calculations of scopes 1 and 2 detailed below.  In the short term we are reviewing the potential for the installation of solar PV and the transition to a Certified Green Gas supply to further reduce consumption and emissions.

5995 miles

35,000 kwh/year reduction is the same amount of energy as flying economy class London – Hong Kong (15 times) emitting 3.5 tCO2e per flight

93000 miles

35,000 kwh/year is also the same as driving 150,000 kms in a mid-range petrol car (based on 8.42 l/km)

Water

In 2021 we invested £350,000 to build this 12,000 meter cubed reservoir to enable us to irrigate our courses through renewable sources.

As we experience hotter, drier summers, to have the ability to irrigate our courses through sustainable sources and reduce the demands on water companies when water is needed elsewhere is extremely important to us.

Following a water resilience review started 10 years ago, water availability for turf irrigation was highlighted as a risk to our future operations. To mitigate the risk we have implemented a programme to source sustainable water and create onsite storage to avoid demand conflict with water suppliers and our community especially in times of drought.

 

Pollution Prevention

We ensure hazardous materials are stored in bunded containers, and dispensed on a closed loop wash pad (featured in the image), containing any spills and using recycled water to wash equipment, preventing any of the cleaning materials being absorbed into the ground effecting the local habitat.

We work closely with our licensed waste contractors to responsibly store and dispose of hazardous materials, minimising environmental impacts and taking responsibility for the final destination.

The wider benefit of our facility contributes to varies environmental factors including: improved air and water quality, reduced urban air temperatures in heatwaves, reduced surface water runoff in heavy rainfall events, a range of managed habitats hosting a variety of protected and more common species, as well as managed footpaths allowing the public and golfers to enjoy the breath-taking scenery.

Waste

Partnering with First Waste, we are in the process of acting upon the recommendations from a recent audit conducted through July and August of 2023. A key focus for us in the first stages is to engage with our supply chain to help reduce the amount of waste coming to site, improve recycling rates, and to reduce delivery mileage.

Our Carbon Summary

How is this measured?

Understanding of scopes 1, 2 and 3 will enable us to quantify our carbon taken in by the natural environment compared to what we are emitting.

Scope 1 Emissons

Scope 1 looks at fuels burnt on site, including Gas, Petrol & Diesel from owned vehicles

Scope 2 Emissions

These are fuels consumed on site but created offsite – which would be Grid Electricity

Scope 3

Scope 3 includes everything else, including:

  • Supply chain – everything purchased creates emissions in manufacture, delivery, disposal
  • Vehicle journeys by vehicles not owned by BGL including commuting, Customer Travel to site, AC units coolant gases escaping
  • Delivery or disposal of BGL’s retail sales
Wycombe Heights Clubhouse

Carbon Sequestration

We are on a journey to achieve net zero, as part of the process we are measuring or Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and reviewing the carbon dioxide taken in by the land and habitats we manage.

Golf Environment Organisation has confirmed that our course is taking in 82 tCO2e every year, equivalent to flying to Hong Kong 23 times! We are working with the Woodland Trust to increase the amount of carbon taken in every year throughout the plantation process throughout the facility and reviewing the areas in play.

2015

Joined GEO

2018

Recertified as GEO accredited

2018

100% renewable electricity contract

2021

Recertified as GEO accredited

2021

Reservoir built

2022

LED’s installed

2023

New electric greens mower