huge amount of energy. Especially in times of climate change, it is important to tackle this issue head-on. The Bergbahnen See cable car association is fully aware of their responsibility to the environment and therefore rely on clean green energy. How does it work? Quite simply: the Bergbahnen See produces its own electricity.
How does it work?
Yep, you heard right! The cable cars and snow machines in See are designed in such a way that they can produce clean green energy when they aren’t producing snow. In the end, four times as much energy is generated than used! The Bergbahnen See cable car association guarantees not only the best snow on the slopes down into the valley, but also sets an example for how to treat the environment.
Facts and figures
Bergbahnen See cable car association annual energy consumption
- Electricity: 1.5 GWh for all lines and snow machines
- Liquid gas: 25,000 l to heat and cook in restaurants
- Diesel: 100,000 l for slope preparation
- Fuel oil: 5,000 l to heat Restaurant Gratli
All these forms of energy used result in a total consumption of about 230,000 litres of fuel oil and an output of about 550 tonnes of CO2. But with the help of the hydropower plants, 11 gigawatt hours of electricity are generated annually in return. This equates to an energy value of roughly 910,000 litres of heating oil and 2,200 tonnes of CO2. When you subtract the annual energy consumption from the total, this results in a positive balance of 680,000 litres of fuel oil!
Greenhouse gas footprint
“At one with nature.” Greenhouse gases in the ski resort are handled with the Bergbahnen See cable car association motto in mind. After all, the generation of energy with hydropower does not produce any carbon dioxide. As a result, Bergbahnen See saves the environment about 1,650 tonnes of CO2 per year whilst offering holidaymakers guaranteed snow on the pistes, even when natural snow is low.
2015 test winner: eco-friendly ski operations
Innovative ideas are rewarded! And the See ski resort has even won an award. A test portal named this Tyrolean ski company the 2015 test winner in the category “Environmentally friendly ski operations”.
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