Tignes has become the first ski area to be awarded Green Globe certification for eco-friendly sustainable tourism.
Green Globe is the international standard for eco-friendly organisations and the award is “reserved for companies and organizations who are committed to making positive contributions to people and planet”.
Tignes’ lift company STGM (Société des téléphériques de la Grande Motte) and its 290 employees have worked towards achieving the awards’ strict criteria since February.
The STGM : key figures
Altitude : 1850 to 3300 meters
Surface area : 3680 hectares
Ski runs : 74
Skilifts : 40
Skier days : 1 571 000
Green Globe set 40 criteria with more than 300 eco goals based on sustainable development principles agreed by world leaders at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. They cover areas like sustainable development, support for local industries and environmental protection – and require companies to make a long-term commitment to going green. Once certified the work doesn’t stop – those companies have to be audited every 2 years in order to keep their award!
Tignes now ranks among the 450 tourism companies across the world with Green Globe certification, and is proud to be the only ski area on the list.
“We are developing purchasing and hiring policies that favor the local economy and local employment. Our goal is to continue to pursue this commitment, which is beneficial both environmentally and socially,” explains Nicolas Provendie, CEO of the STGM.
The commitment to sustainable development is nothing new. Since 2008, the STGM has been striving to
reduce its environmental impact:
- More than 100 lift towers have been dismantled and removed from the ski area.
- Every year grass is planted to better integrate the ski runs into the landscape, to provide a more stable base for the snowpack, and to restore local biodiversity.
- The STGM regularly renews its bus fleet, offering an efficient and environmentally-friendly bus service to guests, who are encouraged to leave their cars in the parking lot during their stay.
- In 2013, the STGM created an environmental monitoring committee to measure and evaluate the effect new projects will have on the local landscape and to inventory species of plants and animals within the ski area.