Smart Altitude

Alpine winter tourism territories demonstrating an integrated framework for a low-carbon, high-impact and resilient future

ENERGY PERFORMANCE AT THE HEART OF THE RESORT PROJECT

In 2016, Téléverbier SA introduced a strategy that promotes sustainable development, finds solutions to reduce environmental impacts and promotes wise use of resources. This strategy resulted in the implementation of an energy management platform named OBSERV as part of SFOE's Smart Ski Resort project with support from Simnet SA and CREM.

OBSERV provides extensive real time monitoring and control of the buildings and ski lifts energy consumption for the entire ski resort, including buildings and ski lifts, and data historization (e.g.  hourly passages and energy consumption of lifts), for analysis and optimization.

Since then, there have been constant efforts to further expand the energy optimization effort. Téléverbier SA, the resort operator, introduced various energy saving measures such as lifts speed regulation, snow groomers motor optimization, replacement of electric or fossil heating system by renewable solutions, or sustainable public transportation solutions, all selected in close collaborations with local actors. 

The ski resort, which consumes around 8 million of kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, is supplied exclusively by Valais’ local hydroelectric production. Téléverbier SA further develops renewable energy production solutions on its territory, such as solar energy.

MOVING TOWARD ISO 50001 CERTIFICATION

The ISO 50001 certification offers a framework to reach the objective of a performing and sustainable smart ski resort, with the following iterative process:

  • Commitment to action: definition of objectives, in terms of efficiency and/or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Planning: identification of measures to achieve the set objectives;
  • Implementation: this phase consists of the implementation of the measures identified during the planning phase;
  • Verification: the verification phase consists of monitoring the impacts related to the measures implemented and, if necessary, allows a redefinition of the strategy.

 

The following figures show the integration of an Energy Management approach encompassing all the main areas related to the operation of a resort operator, and the main drivers of energy optimization: