Swiss Youth Hostels
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.
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.
Photovoltaic unit & e-charging station in Bern
In April 2018, another photovoltaic unit was installed on the roof of the new building as part of the renovation and construction of the new wing of Berne Youth Hostel. The environmentally friendly 172 m2 plant generates around 25,000 kWh of renewable energy per year. This corresponds to about one fifth of electricity consumption and also contributes to the positive ecological balance of the company. In addition, two charging stations for electric vehicles were installed (KEBA x-P30/ c-P30 to 22kW, type 2 connection, GSM 3G, RFID).