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The Andermatt Swiss Alps Group has published its first sustainability progress report.
This will create transparency and enable comparison with other sectors and competitors. The report will also serve as a baseline for regular measurement of the success of the Group’s sustainability efforts and progress towards its sustainability goals.
Sustainability is a priority issue for the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group, and so, in 2021, it calculated its carbon footprint for the second time. Total emissions were 22,435.5 tCO2e¹, 4,152.3 tCO2e more than in 2019 (+18.51 per cent). This increase is due to intensive construction work in Andermatt Reuss over the last year and a significant increase in occupancy of hotels and holiday apartments in comparison with 2019. However, because the number of guests was higher, greenhouse gas emissions per overnight visitor fell from 27.22 kgCO2e in 2019 to 18.96 kgCO2e in 2021 (-30.35 per cent). In the ski resort, emissions per skier day² fell from 29.42 kgCO2e in 2019 to 13.58 kgCO2e (-53.84 per cent), despite the fact that admissions were very much lower in 2021 than in 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and operating hours of the snow groomers were higher. This striking difference is attributable to infrastructure projects on the mountain which were completed in 2019. There were also fewer direct emissions, due in part to the use of more efficient vehicles and intelligent snow management using the SnowSat system.
Low scope 2 emissions
At 1,813.3 tCO2e, direct emissions by the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group (scope 1 emissions) in 2021 were slightly lower than in 2019 (-0.46 per cent). Once again, indirect emissions from provision of energy (scope 2 emissions) were very low. Because the electricity and heat supplied to all of the group’s new buildings are carbon neutral, and facilities in the ski resort use carbon-neutral power generated in the region, scope 2 emissions for the entire company were just 158.7 tCO2e in 2021 (+2.23 per cent). Overall, the Group used more fossil fuels, more water and more electricity in 2021 than in 2019. As in 2019, the major part of the Group’s emissions in 2021 comprised greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream activities (scope 3 emissions). At 20,463.5 tCO2e, these emissions were 20.35 per cent higher in 2021 than in 2019. This increase is due chiefly to higher accommodation occupancy rates and construction work.
To embed sustainability into the company’s strategy, sustainability objectives were defined in the areas of Environment, Society, and Business. Specifically, by 2030 the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group wants its operations to be carbon neutral, to increase the diversity of its employees, and to achieve sustainable profitability. With various sub-goals set and measures planned, the course is set for the transformation ahead.
Individual companies in the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group have also implemented numerous projects putting in place measures to achieve greater sustainability in their operations. Mobility was a particular focus. Projects included the installation of new electric vehicle charging stations, attractive public transport services for travel to and from the area, and the launch of mybuxi, the travel-on-demand service intended as an addition to bus and rail offerings. With its participation in Swisstainable, Switzerland Tourism’s sustainability programme, the entire Andermatt Swiss Alps Group has committed itself to consistent implementation of sustainability measures. As a result of this, and thanks to projects already undertaken, the Group achieved Level II – engaged status, while the GEO Certified Andermatt Swiss Alps Golf Course reached Level III – leading status.
With this, the first progress report for Andermatt Responsible, the campaign for sustainable, climate-friendly tourism in the Andermatt region, the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group is laying the foundations for consistent emissions monitoring and monitoring of performance against its sustainability goals, and thus for lasting change within the company.
¹ Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is a measure used to compare emissions of different greenhouse gases on the basis of their global warming potential (GWP). The CO2 equivalent for a gas is calculated by multiplying the amount of the gas concerned in metric tonnes with its GWP. For example, the GWP for methane is 25 and for nitrous oxide 298. This means that emissions of a million tonnes of methane or nitrous oxide correspond to 25 million tonnes and 298 million tonnes of carbon dioxide respectively. Sources: Global Reporting Initiative and Eurostat.
² A skier day is a day visit to a ski resort by a person for the purpose of skiing or snowboarding (or similar sport), regardless of the price paid. One-way pedestrian trips are not counted. Skier days are counted from the first admission at the turnstile. Source: Seilbahnen Schweiz.