Val d'Isère, flagship location for our Net Zero Carbon Trajectory
As the Val d’Isère resort prepares to host the Critérium de la Première Neige Ski World Cup tournament this coming weekend, Compagnie des Alpes has taken a further step towards its net zero carbon target through the initiatives undertaken by its subsidiary Val d’Isère Téléphériques and a commendable cooperation.
From this season onwards, fossil fuels will no longer be used for slope grooming
As Group CEO Dominique Thillaud announced last September, all ski areas operated by CDA subsidiaries have abandoned fossil fuels for slope grooming as of this winter season.
At Val d’Isère, all groomers used by the slope management service and Val d’Isère Téléphériques have switched to HVO fuel. This fully renewable alternative to diesel, whose additional cost is fully covered by the CDA, is made from vegetable fat and oil waste (without palm oil) and emits 90% less CO2 and 65% fewer fine particles.
New milestone in urban transport: combining electricity with HVO
In addition to the groomers, the entire free public transport service (Valbus) operated by Val d’Isère Téléphériques, has abandoned fossil fuels in favour of cleaner energy.
Following the conclusive final test conducted in December 2021 by CDA at Val d’Isère and Tignes, to respond to the greener mobility strategy initiated by local authorities, two electric shuttle buses will be deployed in the resort this winter. Manufactured in France by IVECO, they will ferry visitors and residents alike. It is a further step towards the gradual renewal of the fleet, aiming at 15 electric buses by 2025 and an expected saving of 18 TeCO2 per year per vehicle.
Meanwhile, the rest of the shuttle fleet has also adopted synthetic HVO biofuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil) from this winter, following the example of the Group’s snow groomers, and after an initial phase completed in 2019 via the switch to GTL (gas to liquids).
Putting into action the ambitious vision of the municipalities for their territory
Mobilized for an area for which they share responsibility, the communities of Val d'Isère and Tignes, supported by the two CDA subsidiaries (Val d'Isère Téléphériques and STGM - Tignes ski lift operator), boldly decided to expand the shuttle service between the two Haute Tarentaise resorts to shore up the bus service operated by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. By facilitating mobility, particularly for ski area workers, this service should reduce individual travel and greenhouse gas emissions.
Collaboration between all local stakeholders
All of these achievements are underpinned by a shared vision held by all regional stakeholders, including businesses in particular. This vision is energetically promoted by CDA in its role as a regional partner.
Accelerating the transition of all the ski areas operated by its subsidiaries, in (and despite) the current energy context, shows CDA's strong desire to reduce its environmental impact in all its activities and to contribute to the major challenges facing the region.
This commendable cooperation between Val d’Isère and Tignes to develop their combined ski area was recognised by the Mountain Riders association, which awarded them the Flocon Vert (“Green Snowflake”) label in November.