Case Study Open Carbon Footprint 2009

At EcoAid our goal is to reduce human induced climate change by promoting corporate, governmental and personal social responsibility through sustainability, education, and empowerment. Open has decided to become fully carbon neutral by offsetting the event’s carbon emissions not lessened though ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ efforts.  This occurs by purchasing certified and verified carbon offsets that support domestic and international “clean air” environmental projects.

The domestic carbon offset project that the Open supports is The Big River/Salmon Creek project in California, which is facilitated through the Climate Action Reserve (CAR).  This project, comprising more than 16,000 acres in Mendocino County along Big River and Salmon Creek, practices sustainable forestry which generates revenue to restore streams for steelhead trout and coho salmon habitat.

The international carbon offset project that the Open supports is the India Renewable Energy – Windmill Project #1328, which is facilitated through the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).  The wind project creates clean energy helps the economy by creating jobs needed for this project.

Methodologies for calculations are derived from the Environmental Protection Agency, The California Climate Action Registry General Reporting Protocol, WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol, and other industry-specific methodologies that are available through the UNFCCC CDM/JI Program. The Carbon Footprint calculation utilized figures and estimates from each of these organizations.  All methodologies and conversion factors used in the calculations have been documented and recorded in a full report.

EcoAid has analyzed the following areas to get the tournament’s carbon footprint:

The footprint evaluated the 132 PGA players’ air & vehicle travel and hotel accommodations for the five day tournament.

  • Air Travel Hours 10 hours per player (totaling 1,320 hours)
  • Vehicles (mid-sized vehicles) – each player gets 300 miles (totaling 39,600 miles)
  • Hotel Offsets 1,000 square feet per player (totaling 132,000ft^2 for 5 days and 5 nights)

EcoAid then analyzed the tournament site, made up of the clubhouse and tent facilities, electricity and gas consumption, and computer servers.

  • Grayhawk Clubhouse              24,540 square feet
  • Restaurants                             4,216 square feet
  • Offices                                     1,600 square feet
  • Golf Shop                                3,100 square feet
  • Kitchen                                    2,400 square feet
  • Banquet space                         2,880 square feet
  • Tents                                       15,000 square feet
  • 15 Computer Servers

Transportation was further evaluated through vendor/media vehicle use and diesel truck use for the production of this event.

  • Associated Vehicle Emissions such as vendors’ vehicles, event vehicles, etc (Big Truck / Van) totaling 25,000 miles.
  • Diesel Fuel (Semi-truck) totaling 1,000 gallons.

The total carbon footprint of the Open is 337 MT of CO2e.

  • 169 Carbon Offsets from The Big River/Salmon Creek
  • 168 Carbon Offsets from India Renewable Energy – Windmill Project #1328

In addition, EcoAid and the Open planted 132 trees with The Nature Conservancy to ensure that this event is not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative and will help ensure sustainability for future generations.

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