|Rory Colville, Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Championship Director, said: “Moving away from single-use plastic is a small step that can make a real difference. We are delighted to partner with Scottish Water to help encourage this change in behaviour and show that large sporting events can lead the way in minimising environmental impact.”
Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Water, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open to encourage everyone at the event to use a refillable bottle and top up from the tap.
“We will be working with the tournament team to locate temporary Top up Taps on the course and in spectator areas. We’ll also be providing volunteers with refillable bottles so that they can stay refreshed throughout the tournament.
“The Scottish Open is a fantastic opportunity to showcase two things that are best about Scotland – great golf and high-quality tap water – to a global audience. Our message is clear: topping up from the tap is good for you, good for the planet and good for your pocket.”
This sentiment was endorsed by Sandy MacDonald, Global Head of Sustainability at Aberdeen Standard Investments who added: “At Aberdeen Standard Investments we are committed to environmental protection. Reducing single-use plastics is of worldwide importance and we have pledges in place to eliminate their use where we can. Introducing these initiatives at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is therefore a fundamental and logical step.”
The positivity around the venture was shared by the Scottish Government’sEnvironment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, who said: “I commend the organisers of the Scottish Open for taking this important step to reduce single-use plastic consumption. It is vital that we all – individuals, businesses and organisations – do our bit to end Scotland’s throw-away culture.
“It only takes a small behaviour change, such as using a reusable water bottle, to help keep our country looking at its best and, crucially, reduce our impact on the natural environment. There’s always more to do but I look forward to this year’s tournament showcasing how large sporting events can play an important role in supporting this cultural shift.”
It is hoped that this year’s event can inspire the golfing world to play its part in driving the reduction of single-use plastic waste across the wider sporting calendar ahead of Scotland’s forthcoming Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.
Fans can buy tickets to see some of the world’s best golfers – including official Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open hospitality packages – at www.asiscottishopen.com