Sustainability should become a competitive advantage for Swiss tourism and a real added value for guests - together we are working on the vision of Switzerland as a sustainable tourism destination. To this end, the sustainability programme Swisstainable was developed last year by Switzerland Tourism in cooperation with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Swiss tourism industry as a programme "by the industry for the industry". Saastal Bergbahnen AG has been awarded the Swisstainable "engaged" label:
In addition to a commitment to sustainable corporate governance and ongoing development, Level II requires certification or other proof in at least one sustainability area.
Saastal Bergbahnen AG have submitted an application to ProKilowatt for subsidies for the shaft heating project for the snowmaking system.
ProKilowatt, the promotion programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, supports efficiency measures that reduce electricity consumption. The subsidy, which can amount to up to 30 % of the investment costs, is intended to provide incentives to renew old systems and invest in highly efficient technologies.
myblueplanet is a non-profit and independent Swiss climate protection movement. The focus is on reducing consumption, increasing efficiency and promoting renewable energies. Since 2015, they have been spreading the I AM PRO SNOW campaign in Switzerland, which motivates snow sports enthusiasts to protect the climate, with the help of winter sports athletes. After the Paris Climate Conference the campaign was complemented by "100% comitted". Participating ski resorts and mountain communities are committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 at the latest. In 2018, Saastal Bergbahnen AG entered into a cooperation with myblueplanet and also pursues this goal. The company initiates its resources in order to achieve this goal as far as possible.
The act Cleantech Agency Switzerland congratulates the cable car company Saastal Bergbahnen AG on its commitment in the field of climate protection and that it has entered into a target agreement with the federal government until 2024. The efforts of the company for a better energy efficiency support a better environment and a sustainable future of the region and the country.
Since the 2016/17 winter season, winter sports guests in Saas-Fee have benefited from a striking innovation: a shuttle bus service for skiers. The shuttle buses connect the route between the bus terminal/car park and the Alpin Express valley station. As befits a car-free holiday resort, the buses run emission-free. On the one hand, this serves the comfort of our winter guests, while at the same time ecological sustainability is also taken into account.
Saastal Bergbahnen AG has submitted an application to ProKilowatt for subsidies for the shaft heating project at the snowmaking facility. ProKilowatt, the subsidy programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, supports efficiency measures that reduce electricity consumption. The energy-optimised shaft heating system provides much more efficient heating for 175 shafts. According to information from Saastal Bergbahnen AG, up to 75% of the heating energy can be saved. The system also offers many other advantages.
According to the supplier Techno Alpin, the heaters have an output of 100W and operate practically all year round. Because of the moisture in the shafts, the heating must remain on even in the warmer months. (Moisture causes corrosion damage to the relays/components of the power panel).
According to calculations, up to 105,000 kWh can be saved in technical snowmaking through this measure - independent of how much technical snow (m3) is produced annually.