Dubai Golf continues its move towards a sustainable future with the announcement that its championship Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club is now the first in the region to use LED light technology.
Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA, partnered with Abacus Lighting to fully retrofit Emirates Golf Club’s 18-hole Faldo Course to replace its existing metal halide solution with LED lighting. The new sustainable lighting system improves the overall quality of light across the golf course, while enhancing energy savings by 60 percent and reducing 499.375 tons of CO2.
Barney Coleman Club Manager at Emirates Golf Club said: “Sustainability has always been one of the cornerstones of Dubai Golf’s ethical principles and we strive to be pioneers in this movement.”
He added, “Golf clubs have a huge geographical footprint in a city and it’s our role to not only provide the community and our members with the very best experience, but to do so in a way that lessens our environmental footprint; whether that be the use of commodities from local suppliers, or eliminating single-use plastics, something we hope to achieve fully by the end of this year. Changing to a more ecological lighting system was a natural move for us and we’re thrilled to be the first golf club in the region to do so.”
The venture stemmed from over 12 months of design followed by a three-month period of installation, in order to achieve the optimum energy efficient solution and installation without inhibiting players from teeing off.
Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO, said: “Luxury leisure and recreation venues in Dubai could be high energy consuming and moving towards an environmentally-friendly approach, providing such facilities in Dubai is a testament to the increasing awareness towards energy sustainability in the UAE. Our strategic agreement with Dubai Golf further supports the country’s efforts to achieve 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption by 2030 and brings us another step closer towards meeting our sustainability goals.”
Emirates Golf Club’s improved lighting will allow for a more enjoyable experience and improved playing conditions. The new facility will be showcased at the Ladies European Tour event running from 1st – 3rd May 2019 – ‘The Moonlight Classic’.