Environmental responsibility

SkiStar will consider all sustainability aspects in the business, with the aim of creating memorable mountain experiences. Through systematic improvement initiatives, SkiStar will be the right choice for guests in terms of sustainability.

This is done by constantly reducing any negative environmental impact by designing and selecting products and services in such a manner as to limit their environmental impact during purchase, production, utilisation and disposal. SkiStar continually trains and informs its employees in order to constantly improve environmental awareness and expertise primarily in the alpine environment.

Energy conservation

SkiStar’s goal is to conduct operations adapted to the environment while consuming as little energy as possible. SkiStar endeavours to conserve energy as much as possible in its operations. Snowmaking, property management and ski lifts are all processes requiring a great deal of energy. SkiStar’s objective is to use electricity that is 100-percent renewable, a goal that has already been achieved.

To conserve energy, SkiStar will:

  • Systematically analyse energy use;
  • Adopt processes that use as little energy as is financially reasonable;
  • Focus on efficient energy consumption when making new investments;
  • Highlight energy consumption for individual employees and together devise ways of reducing energy consumption without impacting product quality.
Electricity Consumption within the Organisation        
MWk 2017/18 Compared with 2015/16, % 2016/17 2015/16
Electricity from renewable sources 68,523 -7.2 76,150 73,810
Electricity total 68,523 -7.2 76,150 73,810

 

Fuel Consumption within the Organisation        
MWk 2017/18 Compared with 2015/16, % 2016/17 2015/16
Renewable fuels 14,514 - 5,332 -
Fossil fuels 13,018 -40 19,190 21,802
Total fuel 27,532 -40 24,521 21,802

 

District Heating within the Organisation        
MWh 2017/18 Compared with 2015/16, % 2016/17 2015/16
District Heating 13,050 55 14,785 8,394
District Heating total 13,050 55 14,785 8,394

 

Summary Total Energy Consumption within
the Organisation
     
MWh 2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
Electricity from renewable sources 68,523 76,150 73,810
Renewable fuels 14,514 5,332 -
Fossil fuels 13,018 19,190 21,802
District heating 13,050 14,785 8,394
Total 109,106 115,456 104,006

Use of water

SkiStar’s operations are water-intensive. The water issue is of great importance from a sustainability perspective, and everyone has a duty to manage the assets and resources available responsibly. SkiStar’s main water consumption in operations is in the form of snow production. For snow production, SkiStar uses water from nearby watercourses and lakes, i.e. surface water. In some cases, the water is kept in storage ponds directly adjacent to the ski resorts.

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When making snow, nothing is added to the water and particles are filtered out before it is used. Water is extracted from water sources mainly during the months prior to the. start of the winter season and during the first part of the winter season. In the spring, when the snow melts, all the water returns to natural sources. Water extraction from each source is regulated via water rights court rulings. Snow production methods have been developed both technically and environmentally. This has in turn led to more efficient snow production. This is achieved using automated snow production systems in which temperature, optimum wind direction, humidity and water temperature are pre-set, meaning snow is only made in perfect conditions using a technique that ensures sustainable snow production. The focus for SkiStar is on producing the right amount of snow in the right location in as short a time as possible. In addition to technological advances for snow cannons, other measuring tools have also had a positive effect on water usage in snow production. All SkiStar’s destinations now have piste machinery equipped with GPS systems to measure snow depth, to enable optimum snow production in the right locations.

Water use in snow production      
m3 2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
Sälen 1,006,692 897,098 1,039,839
Åre 1,546,341 183,107 1,507,766
Vemdalen 649,523 656,000 622,000
Trysil 540,915 577,480 432,802
Hemsedal 473,191 565,254 480,573
Total water use in operations 4,216,662 4,508,939 4,082,980

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Tonnes of CO2      
  2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
Scope 1* 4,516 5,860 6,358
Scope 2** 141 129 78
Greenhouse Gas Emissions, tonnes of CO2 4,657 5,989 6,436

* Relates to direct emissions from SkiStar’s operations.
**Relates to indirect emissions from electricity and heating.
CO2 emissions have been calculated using guidance from emissions factors from the Swedish Petroleum and Biofuel Institute, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Fuel quantities have been obtained from readouts and invoices. Measurements relating to electrical power have been obtained from the respective network.

Climate and emissions

As a leading operator in the alpine mountain tourism industry, SkiStar aims to pursue operations while causing the least possible impact on the environment. This means that SkiStar will work actively with solutions that develop the company sustainably going forward. SkiStar uses fuel in its operations, which produces carbon dioxide emissions. By harnessing new technology and being proactive, SkiStar hopes to be able to push carbon dioxide emissions in a sustainable direction in future.

The piste machines’ GPS-based snow depth measuring function also helps reduce emissions, as it optimises the snowmaking process and driving patterns. SkiStar has also initiated the transition to non-fossil fuel and at the present rate of transition has increased the proportion of non-fossil fuel to over 50 percent. Over the past year, 100-percent non-fossil fuel has been used in operations, lifts and on pistes at SkiStar’s Swedish destinations. 

Biodiversity

SkiStar’s opportunities to develop new, untouched areas of land are heavily restricted. Naturally there are stringent environmental requirements when it comes to developing land. To be able to continue offering guests a magnificent alpine setting with untouched nature just around the corner, SkiStar needs to develop new areas of land while observing great consideration for the existing environment.

In practice, this means that SkiStar will preferably not develop new untouched land, but instead focus on densifying areas that are already in use. Concentrating beds centrally around the ski areas reduces the need for transportation for guests and allows for more efficient construction of infrastructure. However, when development of untouched land does take place, closeness to nature is an important factor, which means that parts of existing forest are kept aside. This applies both when constructing the skiing area and when expanding within the skiing area. From a forest conservation perspective, expansion of the ski resort can benefit the area as it provides a guarantee that it will not be completely felled, which would otherwise be a strong possibility. This of course means that the biological diversity is preserved in the area, provided it is developed sensitively.

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