Silvrettaseilbahn AG

Climate neutral ski area Ischgl

OUR SKI AREA IS CLIMATE NEUTRAL

Climate-neutral means we have calculated our greenhouse gas emissions, reduced them at many areas, and balanced out any other avoidable emissions by way of established climate protection projects! We have been supported by ClimatePartner, a solutions provider in climate protection and by VITALPIN.

1. CARBON FOOTPRINT

We calculated the carbon footprint of the ski resort Ischgl for the current winter season using emissions for all ski lifts, Silvrettaseilbahn AG restaurants, and snowmaking and snow grooming equipment (based on emission figures for the year 2018).

2. REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

In recent years, we have implemented several measures to reduce or minimise our CO2 emissions:

1. ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

We run all the facilities in the ski area of Ischgl using electricity, over 80 percent of which comes from renewable energy. The majority of the energy we use is produced in hydropower stations in the nearby area. (Image: Kops Reservoir, Galtür).

2. EXPANSION OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES

Thanks to Silvrettaseilbahn AG solar and heat recovery facilities, we save around 80,000 litres of heating oil every year.

Ischgl Slope Food mountain restaurant and the valley station for Gampen chairlift E4 is heated via fossil-free using geothermics. 

3. DIGITAL SNOW DEPTH MEASUREMENT

All our snow groomers are equipped with GPS technology, which we use to collect accurate snow depth data. This data allows us to determine exactly where we need to place cannons to generate snow, reducing the amount of water required to be pumped as well as the number of hours the snow groomers need to be operation. All in all, we need less snow for slope preparation and avoid damage to the terrain thanks to accurate snow depth data.

4. CO-FINANCING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT (SKI BUSES)

Silvrettaseilbahn AG co-finances ski buses in Paznaun, so we are helping reducing car journeys to the cable car stations.

5. AFFORESTATION IN THE ISCHGL SKI AREA

In the last few years we have planted over 10,000 trees in the Ischgl ski area.

Scheduled for completion in December 2022, the new Silvretta Spa will largely be heated using geothermal energy. This will replace the fossil fuel sources (oil and gas) currently used to heat the existing indoor and outdoor pools.
This measure alone will enable us to reduce our CO2 emissions by an estimated 1,300 tonnes per year.

3. OFFSETTING CO2: protecting the forests in the Alps and in the Rain Forest

We are offsetting the CO2 emissions that have been unavoidable this season via climate protection projects. In our case we have a special project combination of forest protection in our region (Paznaun and Ischgl) and in the Rain Forest in Peru.

Why?
Recognised and certified climate protection projects are generally in countries in the southern areas of the globe. They generate certified emissions savings, are controlled by independent organisations and have to meet strict requirements. We are then able to offset any emissions we cause to make the Ischgl ski area climate-neutral. Our climate protection project is a Rain Forest project in Peru that is bringing a stop to illegal deforestation and conserving the habitat of countless animal and plant species.


At the same time the regional woodland in the Alps is dear to us too; which is why we are planting trees in Paznaun! The forests in Austria are also suffering from the effects of climate change. Even in the Alps we depend upon healthy woodlands and their natural protective functions – against erosion, avalanche, as reservoirs and as water filters, as a habitat for plants and animals and so much more.

CLIMATE PROTECTION PROJECTS, Silvrettaseilbahn AG

 

Further information on this matter is also available at www.climatepartner.com/13578-1910-1002

THIS MEANS THAT YOUR SKIING DAYS HERE WITH US ARE CLIMATE-NEUTRAL!

FAQ - Climate neutral

Informations from ClimatePartner

Companies, products and also skiresorts are climate neutral if their carbon emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting internationally recognized carbon offset projects. In addition to avoidan ce and reduction, offsetting carbon emissions is an important step in holistic climate protection.

Greenhouse gases such as CO2 are distributed evenly in the atmosphere, so the concentration of greenhouse gases is roughly the same all over the world. Therefore, it is irrelevant for global greenhouse gas concentration and the greenhouse effect where on Earth emissions are generated or avoided. Emissions that cannot be avoided locally can therefore be offset by carbon offset projects at another location.

Carbon offset projects make a decisive contribution to combating global warming by demonstrably saving greenhouse gases. These projects can take the form of forest conservation, reforestation or the development of renewable energy . In addition, carbon offset p rojects promote sustainable development in the project countries, for example by improving access to clean drinking water , expanding local infrastructure, creating jobs or preserving biodiversity.

The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a globally recognized benchmark for measuring such positive effects. They range from promoting education, fighting poverty and hunger , and creating jobs to implementing clean and affordable energy. Each ClimatePartner carbon offset project contributes to several of these goals, which we depict individually in the project description. Sometimes the additional effect is so great that the core projects are actually development projects that fight global warming as a supplemental effect - and not vice versa.

The terms carbon emission free and climate neutral are mixed up repeatedly. However, they’re both different aspects of climate protection . If a product or service is carbon free , this means that no carbon emissions are generated in the production or preparation process – or across the entire supply chain, including in raw materials, logistics and packaging. Climate neutral, on the other hand, means that a product’s carbon emissions are calculated according to common standards and then offset through a certified carbon offset project . There are virtually no carbon - free products . According to this definition, any product can be climate neutral.

In many cases, the potential for carbon emissions reduction is limited , especially in the short term . A shipping company, for example, cannot replace its entire fleet of lorries overnight. But by training the drivers and optimising loading, carbon emissions per tonne - kilometre can be gradually optimised. However, companies should start carbon offsetting today and become climate neutral as soon as possible.

 

Carbon offsetting is not a donation but a service. Unlike with donations, the customer gets a specific equivalent value, namely the offsetting of a specific amount of carbon emissions and pays a specific price for it. Different projects have different prices per tonne of CO2 depending on the project region, the technology, the certification standard, etc. The price for a project can also change over the course of time.

It’s generally considered that funds for carbon offset projects are used in a highly efficient way. Furthermore, most projects are not financed exclusively by the sale of certificates. Instead, certificates are used to fill gaps in funding without which a project could not be implemented. So, certificates are sold to retroactively fund existing projects . The carbon offsetting has already taken place, and the project has already been implemented.

For high - quality carbon offset projects, the CO2 saving is very strictly and retroactively controlled. Anyone wanting to offset carbon emissions will need to be very particular in selecting their project. It’s for that reason that we brought ClimatePartner on board: ClimatePartner has been working with project developers throughout the world since 2006, meaning they have insight into how the projects work on the ground, and know which projects are meaningful .

We offset carbon emissions through a carbon offset project for rainforest conservation in Peru. It is certified in accordance with the Verified Carbon Standard, one of the strictest internationally - recognised standards for carbon offset project s and the leading standard fo r rainforest conservation projects . It is also certified in accordance with the CCBS Gold Level. The carbon offset project saves 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, a figure that is validated and verified by SCS Global Services (SCS) every year.

We can’t save our climate with carbon offsetting alone. We need a fundamental restructuring of the global economy, a hard - line departure from all fossil fuels, sign ificantly more energy - saving processes in production and road traffic, and probably a new understanding of consumption too.

Until these steps have been taken, carbon offsetting is a hugely significant building block for climate protection. With our curre nt level of technology, it is not possible to completely switch to renewable energies and reduce emissions to zero. Without offsetting, that is, without climate neutral products and companies, we cannot achieve the climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement.

Carbon offsetting is sometimes compared with the medieval indulgence trade. However , carbon offsetting is realised by internationally - recognised carbon offset project s which have a specific, documented effect in the here - and - now – unlike the church indulgences. Within the project documentationy ou can see exactly how much carbon emissions a project has saved , whereas the financial support follows retrospectively . Focus published a very clear illustration of this by Daniel Schmid . (https://www.focus.de/finanzen /experten/schmid/kampf - gegen - klimawandel - wie - co2 - offsets - funktionieren_id_7791041.html?fbc=fb - shares)

In addition to the positive environmental effect of the projects, projects also have a local impact . Almost all carbon offset projects have huge positive effects on local development. It’s not for nothing that the term “Clean Development Mechanism” is used in the Kyoto Protocol. For some projects, this additional contribution is so big that they are essentially development projects with the effect of mitigating climate change – and not the other way around.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a globally - recognised standard for measuring these positive effects. These 17 goals also cover the fight against poverty and hunger, the promotion of education and the global dissemination of clean, affordable energy. Our carbon offset project in Peru contributes to a number of these aims:

1 No poverty

Long - term income for small farmers

2 Zero hunger

Training to increase crop yields and environmentally - friendly cultivation methods

4 Quality education

Educational opportunities for small farmers

5 Gender equality

29 percent of the project target groups are women, including many single mothers

8 Decent work and economic growth

Work in forest management , surveillance , sales

10 Reduced inequalities

Land rights for small farmers

11 Sustainable cities and communities

Forest conservation patrols

12 Responsible consumption and production

Sustainable Brazil nut cultivation instead of logging rainforests

WHAT YOU MAY PERHAPS NOT KNOW...

When Silvrettaseilbahn AG was founded in 1962 the specific aim was to promote the economic development of the town of Ischgl and the valley communities in the Paznaun region, to prevent emigration and secure the financial existence of the local people. Things have changed a little bit today.

DECLINE IN REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE

Did you know that since 1998, 1151 beef cattle, 422 calves and 376 lambs have been purchased from our regional farmers for a fair price and used in our restaurants?

To safeguard against any decline of produce that is difficult to market – meat for instance - a specific abattoir was built where farmers bring their meat stock. This is then purchased by Silvrettaseilbahn AG for a fair price and used in the company's own mountain restaurants, saving any long transport routes.

Did you know that our  town of  Ischgl spans 10,301 ha (according to Wikipedia) and of that a mere 3 % (322 ha) is used for as a skiing area?

With friendly support of:

Silvrettaseilbahn AG

ATU Nr.: 31779705
Silvrettaplatz 2
6561 Ischgl
Austria