Swiss Youth Hostels

27,693

tonnes of compensated CO₂ emissions

Total of

2.4 M

climate-neutral bookings

1,714,108

francs mobilised for local sustainability

Partner since

2007

Company profile

For over 90 years, the Swiss Youth Hostels have been the first address for budget- and environmentally conscious travellers. The hostels ensure not only lasting memories of holiday and leisure activities, but also encounters with similarly minded people, and they are actively engaged in sustainable tourism.

The Swiss Youth Hostels are committed to sustainability. Sustainability is an important component of the organisation’s philosophy when it comes to dealing with interest groups, designing products and protecting the environment.
The hostels interpret sustainability as a consideration of social and ethical issues as a whole in addition to reasonable use of resources.

Measures that have already been implemented

Solar panels in Scuol

In 2007 solar panels were installed in the building of the youth hostel in Scuol to generate warm water. The system is 27 square metres in size and saves about 15 kWh of energy each year.

Photovoltaic system in St. Moritz

A photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of the St. Moritz youth hostel in 2010. 24 young persons from four countries helped install it over the course of a week. The system is 160 square metres in size and supplies up to 26,680 kWh of power a year, thus covering one sixth of the youth hostel’s power consumption.

Wood heating replaces oil heating in Davos

A wood pellet heating system replaced the oil heating in the Youthpalace youth hostel in Davos in 2014. That saves approx. 65,000 litres of heating oil every year, which corresponds to the average annual consumption of 26 single-family homes.

Photovoltaic system in Saas Fee

In 2014 another photovoltaic system was installed in wellnessHostel4000 in Saas-Fee. This system provides around 30% of the establishment’s power consumption.

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