Resorts K - L

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100% Renewable Energy Powered

Paradiski, the world’s third largest ski areas created by the linking of La Plagne, Peisey Vallandry and Les Arcs, has been using 100% renewable energy to power its ski lifts and other electrical needs since 2012.

The Paradiski ski lift network is 100% powered by green energy, and certified by the European label, TÜV-SUD (http://www.tuev-sued.de), which ensures that the strictest standards set to date for 100% renewable energy: hydroelectricity, wind power, and solar power.

To reduce CO² emissions, Paradiski’s lift companies are also AlpEnergie 100 certified, receiving all electricity through the power company, ENALP, which specialises in distributing renewable energies.

By purchasing 100% green energy, Paradiski also contributes to the Nature Option Energy (NOE) fund, which finances research, development and construction of new means of renewable electricity production in France.  These funds, created and managed by the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (http://www.cnr.tm.fr), provide financing for projects such as 3D mapping of wind, as well as wind turbine prototype testing and construction. In 2011, renewable energies represented 12.8% of the electricity produced in France.

Working To High Environmental Management Standards

Since 2008, all of the ski area’s lift companies have been Safety, Quality, and Environmental (SQE) certified to the international ISO 9001 (Quality), OHASA 18001 (Safety), and ISO 14001 (Environmental) standards.

“Since our inception we have been committed to playing a major role in respecting the environment and in effectively managing natural resources,”said a statement from the resort.

Easy Rail Access

Paradiski is one of the easiest resorts in the world to reach by electric-powered railway, generally regarded as the lowest CO2 producing means of reaching ski resorts, and travel top the resort is the biggest factor in the CO2 contriobutions of a ski holiday.

In Bourg-Saint-Maurice below Les Arcs, the funicular meets you when you step off the TGV to take you to Arc 1600. In the resorts you can use the free shuttles between the resorts and villages.

For British visitors the Eurostar departs from St Pancras and takes you straight to Bourg St Maurice and Aime la Plagne, both resorts in Paradiski.

If you do decide to drive, Paradiski recommends you try to share a car. Resorts such as la Plagne offer discounts for carloads of three people or more.

Biodegradable Oil and Better Driving of Snow Groomers

La Plagne was one of the first French operators (since the 1997/1998 season) to use biodegradable hydraulic oil in its snow grooming equipment.

In recent years, drivers of the area’s snow grooming equipment have also been trained in eco-friendly methods of driving their machinery. This enables them to limit fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

This training is given by the manufacturers and reminder labels are stuck on the dashboards. Monitoring of hourly consumption is carried out throughout the season by the grooming manager with individual drivers being given reminders if necessary.

Staff Shuttle

Three quarters of greenhouse gas emissions in the resort are due to transport: using a shared means of transport produces 65% less greenhouse gas emissions than using a vehicle for the same journey.

Thus, and in order to contribute to reducing its impact on the environment, for many years, La Plagne has been offering free shared transport to its staff.

About 200 people use “the coach” each day during the season to travel between the valley and the resorts:There are  4 buses instead of a hundred private vehicles.

Obtained ISO 14001Yes
100% Renewable EnergyYes
Renewable Energy ProducerYes
Rail AccessedYes
Rail Station Distance1 km

Environment Friendly Chairlift

A Doppelmayr chairlift at Lech uses the Photovoltaik system to generate energy to power a second small lift at the top of the slopes – close to the Kriegerhorn; whilst additional solar energy from panels in the glass roof of the base station generate electricity to help provide hot water for workers to take a shower at the middle station

The system as a whole has a maximum power output of 9450 Wp and consists of three sub-generators. A large display in the façade shows visitors the high solar yield at 2,100 m above sea level.  It has an annual electricity output of 15,000 kWh, which is fed into the public power supply system.

Public Transport Encouraged

Visitors travelling to Lech by public transport can obtain a discounted lift pass – as an incentive to switch to bus/rail.

Communal Heating

Visitors staying in Lech will be able to see and feel the benefits of a huge investment in the resort’s Biomass Communal Heating plant which links 100 hotels, over 200 homes and other businesses with hot water and central heating from a central point, burning communal waste.  6.5km (nearly 5 miles) of pipelines were laid to incorporate the environmentally friendly system and town planners took advantage of the required building work to improve the village’s streets and squares.

As a result Pedestrian zones have been widened and three new bridges give better access across the river. All in all visitors can feel good that they’re staying in a village that has replaced many individual hotel boilers with a more efficient and far more environmentally friendly communal system that recycles rubbish to create heat.

 

Other Initiatives

The Rud-Alpe and the staff accommodation at the Balmalp in Zug are heated using geothermal heating.

Reducing energy demand through waste heat recovery, and use of high-quality insulating materials on buildings.

Obtained ISO 14001Yes
100% Renewable EnergyYes
Renewable Energy ProducerYes
Rail AccessedYes
Rail Station Distance1 km