Costa del Sol has become the first destination in the world to calculate the carbon footprint of any tourist, and the most important tournament in women’s golf, to be held from 18th to 24th September at Finca Cortesin, will be no exception.
The 2023 Solheim Cup, the women’s golf tournament that will pit Europe against the United States from 18th to 24th September at Finca Cortesin in Málaga, has taken another step forward in its intention to become the most environmentally friendly event possible.
That´s the reason why, as it could not be otherwise as it will be played in the heart of the Costa del Sol, the 2023 Solheim Cup has joined the “Costa del Sol Zero Footprint” Project.
With this initiative, the Costa del Sol has become the first destination in the world to calculate the carbon footprint of any tourist arriving in the area, regardless of the type of trip, and offset it.
Considering this, tourists who decide to visit the Costa del Sol will only have to access the website https://www.visitacostadelsol.com/planifica/informacion-turistica/huella-de-carbono , enter the details of their trip (number of people who will assist, country and city of origin, type of transport chosen, number of nights of stay, kilometres to be covered and the transport that will be used). Once they give that information, they will obtain the result of their carbon footprint in kg of CO2, its equivalence in number of trees planted in the Mediterranean area and the option to compensate for it.
This compensation of the CO2 emitted will be carried out in practice by planting trees in the province of Malaga, collaborating with another project of the Provincial Council such as “Málaga Viva”, with which more than 340,000 trees have already been planted in the province and land banks are being created to reforest and compensate for the carbon footprint.
Every tourist who offsets their emissions by planting trees in the province through the Costa del Sol Tourism tool will receive a personalised certificate with a QR code and a link to the forest they have helped to reforest, as well as information about the forest, with details of where their tree has been planted.
Likewise, this “Costa del Sol Zero Footprint” project has two phases consisting of dissemination / awareness, where Tourism and Planning Costa del Sol assumes the cost and gives the plantation to tourists who have taken the initiative to offset their environmental impact. It also has a second phase of consolidation, in which users of the calculator can directly offset their carbon footprint in various environmental projects developed in the province of Malaga.
Costa del Sol is, once again, a pioneer and becomes a benchmark with a project that “Turismo Costa del Sol” has been working on for long time and which is another example of the clear commitment that both the Malaga Provincial Council and Turismo Costa del Sol are making to the sustainability of the destination,” said Francisco Salado, president of both institutions.
“Sustainability is perhaps one of the most important indicators of quality, prestige and image of a destination. Costa del Sol must and will compete in that league, because we are convinced that sustainable tourism development must be at the heart of the Costa del Sol’s growth strategy”, he concluded.
The Solheim Cup 2023, an event of exceptional public interest whose official venue is Finca Cortesín, is sponsored by PING, Costa del Sol and Rolex as global partners; and by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Andalusian Regional Government, with co-financing from the European Union, Acosol, Marbella Town Hall and Benahavís Town Hall as official partners, and Reale Seguros as official sponsor. Solán de Cabras, Eversheds Sutherland, Casares Town Hall, Toro, Vithas, E-Z-GO and Jet Set Sports are also official suppliers. Marca and Radio Marca are official media. Promoted and organised by Deporte & Business. LET, LPGA, RFEG, CSD and RFGA collaborate in its organisation.
More information on the website www.solheimcup2023.eu, on the Twitter account @SolheimCup2023, on the Instagram account @solheimcup2023esp and on the Facebook page Solheim Cup 2023.