What will green hydrogen be used for at the 2023 BMW PGA Championship?

By: September 12, 2023

The green hydrogen is believed to be the “cleanest” method of producing hydrogen. Many countries have set themselves the goal of decarbonizing completely by 2050. Decarbonizing hydrogen and creating green hydrogen is key to achieving this.

Unfortunately – at this moment – green hydrogen is expensive to produce due to the cost of energy from renewable sources that are key to generating green hydrogen through electrolysis.

Make no mistake, what I am about to share with you is of utmost importance.

2023 BMW PGA Championship goes green energy

To my great surprise, BMW has just announced that the  2023 BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Club, Surrey, from 14-17 September – on the DP World Tour will be the first-ever sporting event to have its television production powered entirely by green hydrogen.

European Tour Productions, the DP World Tour’s in-house production company, and its exclusive production and distribution partner, IMG, are working with UK-based clean energy company GeoPura to supply 2 hydrogen-powered generators (HPUs).

They will be positioned on the fairway of the 6th hole at Wentworth Club. It is estimated that relying on HPUs will save a total of 16.4 Tonnes of CO2 compared to the 2022 tournament.

Used in place of high-polluting diesel generators, these units produce zero CO2 or particulate emissions, with water as the only by-product.

These innovative developments form another part of the DP World Tour’s Green Drive initiative, which has seen the Tour become the first professional golf Tour to commit to being fully net zero carbon by 2040.

2023 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club

This is one of the pillars of the Tour’s wider Golf for Good program, which focuses on leaving a positive long-term impact on the courses, countries, and communities visited each season.

Sustainable broadcasting – innovations

Other recent sustainability-focused broadcast innovations include trialing remote productions for the first time this season.

So far, 5 tournaments on the 2023 DP World Tour schedule have been produced remotely from the European Tour Productions HQ at IMG Studios in Stockley Park, UK.