Ski Club GB launches online eco-awareness tool

The Ski Club of Great Britain and the Travel Foundation are to launch a tool aimed at ski resorts and ski resort businesses to give them practical tips on how to make their business greener.The online resource called www.makesnowsportsgreener.com (which goes live in mid-October) hosts video clips demonstrating ways to improve ski resort businesses’ practices to make them more environmentally friendly in ten areas: Energy conservation in buildings, water conservation, waste management measures, snow production, lift operations, ski area vehicles, transport, sustainable design and construction, environmental policy and communication and education.

The resource is aimed at ski resort operators, hotels and chalets and other businesses in ski resorts including ski shops and restaurants.

Examples of the recommendations include installing a device on the door of a ski patroller hut which switches the heater off when the door is open and controlling the temperature of buildings with a programmable thermostat (21 degrees when occupied, 17 degrees after hours) to reduce energy usage and save money.

Sue Hurdle, Chief Executive of the Travel Foundation, said “we are delighted to be partnering the Ski Club of Great Britain in this leading initiative aimed at making our ski and snowsports holidays greener and more sustainable, and preserving the pristine mountain environment for future generations to enjoy as we do”.
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