ur goals of an eco conscious coexistence are green, too. Why? Because we are convinced that it is possible to lead a fulfilled life without cost to the environment. With groundbreaking technology and nature-loving tradition, we create sustainable holiday joys. Visit us, benefit from our green offer and actively help shape our ecological future!
One goal, many projects. When it comes to effectively implementing sustainability and naturally integrating it in our everyday life, we Engadin people are in on it with all our – renewable, obviously! – energy: We recycle like there is no tomorrow, we are emission minimalists, designate areas for environmental conservation, use regional natural materials and support eco conscious construction projects.
What we implement as a region, is also lived in the individual municipalities every single day: Here, they ride e-bikes, charge electric cars, dispose of garbage properly, cooperate closely with local partners and seek, find and use renewable energy sources. Due to their commitment to more ecology and energy efficiency, the municipalities of St. Moritz and La Punt Chamues-ch have been awarded the label «energy city». Furthermore, in St. Moritz - that in 2019/20 got full marks for its environmentally sustainable skiing region by the internet portal skiresort.de that compared 434 skiing resorts worldwide - the energy project «Clean Energy» advocates for the continuous reduction in fossil fuels (heating oil, petrol, diesel) as well as for the promotion of renewable and locally generated energy (hydropower, solar power, geothermal energy and biomass).
Our region is host to numerous world-class events which delight guests from all over the world, not least because of their spectacular Alpine setting. In order to not unnecessarily burden nature which is the basis of many events, the organisers focus on sustainable concepts. The 2003 Alpine Ski World Cup in St. Moritz has already shown that a major event can give ecological action and environment innovations an important forum. The Engadin Skimarathon, too, acts as a role model, and the actions taken by the worldwide second largest cross country skiing event in the fields of «energy», «nature», «transport», «food» (i. a.) have been acknowledged by the national environmental forum “Clean Event”.
The White Turf horse races and the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz also set great store by sustainability. The organisers agree on exploiting synergies, cutting costs of infrastructure and optimising the energy balance. Furthermore, a comprehensive ecological reusable waste management concept is applied. The basic infrastructure on Lake St. Moritz set up once a year is also used by many event organisers, including the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz, the White Turf, the motoring event “The ICE”, as well as smaller events.
Glaciers combine in an overwhelming way the enormous power and beauty of nature. They created our habitat, they are important freshwater reservoirs and play a fundamental role in feeding the tributaries of our water bodies. All the more disturbing is the ubiquitous recession of the ice giants that make us drastically aware of the perpetual ice’s finite nature. In Switzerland the Canton of Grisons is affected in particular, where – aside from the Valais and Bernese Alps – most glaciers are (still) located.
Under the leadership of Swiss scientists, international experts joined forces in the «GlaciersAlive»-association, in order to stop – or at least do slow down – glacial recession by means of «meltwater recycling»: In Sommer, they collect the mass of glacial meltwater, make snow out of it in winter and return it as such to the glacier. Currently, a test phase is taking place on the Corvatsch, the insights of which will be incorporated in the major project “MortAlive” on the Morteratsch glacier. The feasibility analysis shows: «If the project succeeds in covering an area of 0.8 km2 with artificial snow by means of meltwater recycling, and if said area would stay covered in snow each summer, after 10 to 15 years the Morteratsch glacier would not recede any further.”
Especially in our Alpine destination, nature is our largest and most important employer. The mountain railways, in particular, depend very much on an intact environment and its gentle exploitation. To ensure that it can continue to offer carefree snow sports and mountain experience to locals and their guests, the Engadin St. Moritz Mountains Corporation is strongly dedicated to sustainable projects, such as …
The solar panels of the Corviglia Mountain Railway and on Piz Nair generate enough power for one in six ascents. In addition to that, at 2,666 meters above sea level a wind turbine also generates electricity.
The diesel-electric «PistenBully 600 E+» is remarkably fuel-efficient. What’s more, the hydraulics of all slope machines use biodegradable oil, low-sulfur diesel, as well as diesel particle filters to make up part of the standard equipment.
Snow guarantee on the slopes of the Engadin is a matter of honour! The ultramodern snowmaking systems run on bio-compressor oil and are as such the only ones of their kind in the world. Furthermore, the use of any additives for boosting cristallisation or water for operating the machines is foregone. The water which is turned into ice crystals trickles down after the spring thaw, thus being kept in the natural cycle. The natural impounding reservoir Lej Alv makes the mechanical snowmaking process even more sustainable: Instead of pumping up water from Lake St. Moritz, it is possible to tap this reservoir of 450,000 m3 at around 2,500 meters above sea level.
The Corvatsch Ltd & Diavolezza Lagalb Ltd are certified to the standards of the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector. They adapt the planning and implementation of their projects according to the goals of reducing CO2 emissions and of optimising the energy efficiency.