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Relationship with the environment

Sustainability through consideration

We are aware that the local population and the natural environment in the areas in which we operate are crucially important both to us and to our guests. We wish to take the interests of the local population into account as far as possible, as well as respect their independence and culture, and to make every effort to minimise our impact on the environment. We strive for our youth hostels and leisure activities to be environmentally friendly and compatible with nature and the countryside.

St. Moritz Youth Hostel

The environmentally friendly operation of a youth hostel begins at the stage of construction. Through Minergie, they save energy, through Eco, they are constructed with environmentally friendly materials and are heated using renewable energies (sun, wood, waste heat). For several years, the electricity has come from 100% hydropower. Thanks to the ibex fairstay label, efforts are being pursued with the same consistency in the hostels; in purchasing, in avoiding food waste, in recycling reusable waste and much more.

Ecological services

Options for avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption for heat, electricity and water have been consistently implemented since the mid-1990s. In the year under review, exceptionally large discrepancies were recorded in the key figures as a result of the COVID pandemic and the resulting heavy drop in guest numbers. While the square metre key figures fell extraordinarily sharply (heating), the key figures increased dependent on the overnight stays (electricity, water).

Electricity, water and CO2 compensation of guests

Electricity consumption per overnight stay (kWh)

Water consumption per overnight stay (litres)

Share of compensated overnight stays in %

Reduction in specific CO2 load (space heating oil/gas)

The target agreement with the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector EnAW was also successfully concluded for the second period (2013 to 2020). The figure of 12.4 tonnes of CO2 per square metre of floor space was significantly lower than the binding target for 2020 of 16.6 tonnes that had been agreed with EnAW. By 2020, we had reduced specific CO2 emissions for space heating by 63.3% compared with 2000 (previous year: 58.5%).

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