Ensuring generations to come can contribute to the future of the Mont Blanc Massif
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Global warming is here. Chamonix’s average annual temperature has risen by 2 degrees since around 1850 and the start of the industrial age, which has brought about dramatic glacial melting, a reduction in snowfall, an increase in rock fall and damage to habitats for flora and fauna. Global warming presents us with hard evidence of the Earth’s vulnerability in the face of humanity’s choices. It is the 21st century challenge that necessitates the invention of a new way of living, with the aim of drastically minimising our impact on the world.
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Avoid and reduce
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In 2022, our emissions by sector were as follows: offices (premises, refuges, staff): 390 tonnes – 2.5%, activities (accommodation, food, transport…): 200 tonnes – 1.5% , guests’ trip (commute to Chamonix): 14125 tonnes– 96%.
In order to reduce our direct emissions (offices and activities), we have put in place the following actions:
- Removing all our multi-day trips outside Haute Savoie, Savoie, Valais and Val d’Aoste and all our daily activities farther than 60 km from Chamonix.
- Optimising transport (especially luggage transport) and maximising the use of public transport.
- Facilitating smart working for our employees, decreasing our number of buses, reducing the commuting of our guides through the digitalisation of several working tasks
Known all over the world, Chamonix attracts international travellers, many of whom fly. Even if it is difficult for us to take concrete actions to reduce these emissions, we put in place the following measures:
- Creating an online carbon calculator to measure the impact of a trip
- Ending of marketing activities in long-haul markets
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The Mont Blanc massif is an exceptional region for discovering biodiversity. Through our activities, especially those designed for kids, we sketch the outlines of sustainable behaviours of future generations. We particularly insist on the importance of loving nature, knowledge-sharing and understanding sustainable resource management. We believe that we can only care for what we know, understand and love.
In 2022, in addition to our general public activities, we created the project “Discovering and protecting the mountains” for kids from Chamonix and St Gervais – Les Contamines. Every Saturday from March to June, these kids discover for free the mountain environment, its species and habitats. They are also taught about the issues facing their valley as a result of global warming.
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Rethinking our relationship with time and nature
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In a society constantly creating new opportunities, we strongly believe that the mountains are a school where we can learn patience and minimalism. Heading into the mountains is about letting time take its course and carrying only the strict minimum.
In a society that is, little by little, disconnecting us from the environment, the mountains are a place for exceptional experiences that allow us to fully appreciate that nature is an inestimable entity to which humanity itself belongs.
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Offsetting without questioning ourselves on the way we run our activities makes no sense for us. Avoidance and reduction take priority over offsetting, which is only used as a last resort.
Until 2025, we will fully offset our direct emissions (offices and activities). The equivalent amount will be allocated to our fund for the environment that finances actions of awareness and protection.
You can also offset your travel footprint by donating to the environmental funds FOEHN. The price for a ton of CO2 is currently 100€ in the European Union.