As part of its continuous dedication to bolstering its environmental strategy, the Golf Club of Lebanon (GCL) has implemented a range of measures in recent years aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and safeguarding the natural habitat on its premises.

One significant initiative involves the integration of a solar power plant into the Club’s existing electrical infrastructure, boasting a capacity of 78 kWp. This strategic move not only enhances the Club’s energy security but also alleviates its financial burden by yielding yearly savings of 98 MWh. This translates to avoiding the consumption of 44 tons of diesel, resulting in a substantial fuel bill savings of $39,500 at current prices. Impressively, the solar system has achieved a payback period of close to two years, making it not only environmentally beneficial but also economically advantageous.

Moreover, the solar system is estimated to prevent the emission of 117 tons of CO2 annually, totalling 3,000 tons over its lifespan of 20 to 25 years. To put this impact into perspective, it’s akin to permanently removing 128 cars from Lebanese roads. Beyond the evident reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the solar system also plays a crucial role in reducing the release of toxic gases like NOx and SO2, known for their associations with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as the formation of acid rain.

Furthermore, as part of its natural habitat preservation and restoration strategy, the GCL has undertaken the effort to plant 127 young pine trees. Over the next 30 to 40 years, these trees will reach full maturity and live for over 300 years, collectively sequestering 3 tons of CO2 per year. Besides the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the pine trees will enhance the overall air quality by producing oxygen and absorbing pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, ozone, and particulate matter.

Additionally, the pine trees will play a role in regulating the surrounding water cycle by absorbing and transpiring water, maintaining soil moisture levels, reducing surface runoff, and contributing to groundwater recharge, benefiting both ecosystems and human water supplies.

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