When it comes to new ideas for tourism, Ischgl has always been right at the forefront. But no idea yet has been as sustainable as this latest initiative: starting this season, Ischgl is the biggest climate-neutral ski region in the Alps. In an age of climate change, this is a really important step.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our future. You might try to deny it, but it’s not wise to do so, given that the recently-ended climate conference in Madrid provided impressive evidence of the fact that the world is facing enormous challenges. Tourist regions such as Ischgl and Paznaun can also contribute significantly and try to keep carbon dioxide emissions within limits. Doing so, after all, is good for winter sport and tourism in the region as well.
Ischgl is a pioneer in the winter sports sector – once again. Working with Vitalpin, Ischgl has calculated the size of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by cable car operations, snow machines, snow ploughs and running the mountain restaurants. Where possible, the Silvrettaseilbahn AG cableway company has tried to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Some of it is unavoidable, but as of this year Ischgl will offset its emissions with climate protection projects all around the world. This means that Ischgl is, as of now, a climate neutral ski area – and not just any one, but the biggest in the Alps.
There’s still room for improvement in a few areas in the future, however.

Step one

Travel greenly. The most climate-friendly way to arrive in the ski area is, of course, with public transport, more specifically with the ski buses. Which is why the Silvretta cableway company finances the Pazaun bus network.

Step two

Renewable energy. Modern solar and heat recovery systems are responsible for saving 80 thousand litres of heating oil, a total of 244 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The lifts run on renewable electricity which comes almost entirely from hydropower in the region.  The energy supply for the new Silvretta thermal baths is particularly important, by the way. It will be heated completely by geothermal energy. Compared to the current situation in the swimming pool in the Silvretta Center, Ischgl will save another 1 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the future through the Silvretta thermal baths alone.

Step three

Clever snow making. The depth of the snow in Ischgl is measured by GPS, using special tools to help calculate how much snow should be produced and where no additional snow is needed. This avoids wasting any valuable resources.

Step four

More green. 10 000 trees were planted in recent years in the ski area.  

Step five

Financing the future. More precisely, investing in climate protection and reforestation projects both at home in Paznaun and in many other places throughout the world. This offsets emissions – and can be controlled by independent organizations, of course.

If you want to know more about the journey to climate neutrality in Ischgl and Paznaun, click here.