Golf Saudi has continued to demonstrate the strength of its commitment and leadership in sustainability by becoming an official signatory of the UN Sport for Climate Framework. The sports body joins a rapidly growing community of organisations, leagues, tours, tournaments and associated media across sport – building commitments and pathways towards The Paris Agreement’s ‘net zero’ targets.
His Excellency Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, finalised the agreement which saw the organisation officially accepted into the initiative.
“We are incredibly excited about joining the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Framework and playing an active part in sport’s contribution to global climate action,” commented Al-Rumayyan. “Since the inception of Golf Saudi, we have sought to collaborate internationally in order to build sustainability into golf’s further development; to contribute actively to Saudi’s Vision 2030; and also to be part of the sports sector’s path to a low-carbon future.”
The Sports for Climate Action initiative calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and the collective responsibility to commit to climate neutrality for a safer planet. This can be achieved by sports organisations displaying climate leadership by engaging and working together, which in turn will incentivize climate action beyond the sports sector and help other global organisations face-up to the threat posed by climate change.
Commenting on Golf Saudi’s accession to the Framework, UN Global Climate Action Manager, Niclas Svenningsen, said: “The time has come for the sports community to ramp up its ambition on low carbon transition. Within the Sports for Climate Action Framework, signatories are sharing lessons learned, best practices and emerging tools to help put the sector on the path to climate neutrality. Through their collective efforts and influence, sports organizations have an incredible opportunity to drive and inspire climate action on a global scale. We are pleased to welcome Golf Saudi as a signatory and look forward to their contributions on this journey.”
Golf Saudi is also extending its collaboration with the GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf – the international non-profit that for the last 15 years has been entirely dedicated to accelerating sustainability and climate action across the sport. These milestones continue Golf Saudi’s momentum following the launch of its National Golf Sustainability Strategy in 2020, through which a wide range of ambitious golf industry policies and targets around carbon and climate, ecosystem restoration, the circular economy and water stewardship were set by the organisation.