Ipswich: Ransomes Jacobsen group joins GEO in drive for golf sustainability

TURF maintenance equipment firm Jacobsen, parent company of Ipswich-based Ransomes Jacobsen, has formed a global partnership with the Golf Environment Organization to improve sustainability in the golfing sector.

The agreement will see the two organisations collaborating to promote awareness, understanding and solutions in the Americas and Asia as well as Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The Golf Environmental Organization (GEO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability in golf; building awareness, developing and administering golf’s ecolabel “GEO Certified” and delivering programmes to help clubs and developments achieve the distinction.

Jacobsen has already brought sustainability into the heart of its own principles and practices, employing innovative techniques to manufacture, recycle and help dispose of machinery, and investing in hybrid and electric technology to offering some of the cleanest, most fuel efficient and lowest polluting machines available.

Based on a long-standing relationship with Ransomes Jacobsen, which has supported GEO’s pioneering work to help the industry embrace the environmental opportunities and challenges in sector, the new worldwide Jacobsen agreement aims to strengthen efforts and results.

David Withers, president of Jacobsen and formerly managing director of Ransomes Jacobsen, said: “Jacobsen is a global company and GEO has global relevance and solutions, with programmes accessible worldwide in a growing number of languages and a high quality, credible and increasingly recognized international ecolabel for golf.

“Expanding our partnership to encompass all of the Jacobsen business units around the globe makes good sense, further aligns our outlook and will multiply many new positive outcomes.

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“For the environment and the long-term strength of the industry, we want to help create more sustainable approaches, through our own product development and green initiatives and support for other credible, dynamic organizations.

“We are very proud to endorse and support the work GEO does to give people the motivation, guidance and solutions to take more and better action.”

Jonathan Smith, GEO chief executive, added: “GEO is privileged to have such a dedicated partner, committed to continued investment in the things that make sustainability more accessible and productive to golf businesses.

“Ransomes Jacobsen has supported GEO from the very start and has made a significant difference in the development, delivery, and awareness of the solutions we provide for the golf community.

“Like every sector of business and society, golf needs sustainability leadership and now Jacobsen has stepped forward strongly. This is a prominent and respected industry stakeholder investing back into their industry to advance a subject that’s fundamental to the future growth of the industry, their own business and of course, of much wider importance to people and the planet.”