Sustainability

We imagine a world where tourism goes beyond net zero and becomes an inspiring force for good. A world in which hospitality is delivered in a truly sustainable way, enriches local communities and is provided by teams of talented people who love what they do.

We have a personal mission to create a low impact business and lifestyle, and seriously believe that every action, small or big makes a difference. Declaring a climate emergency, getting to carbon neutral, our permaculture practices & our zero-waste philosophy for our chalets are all covered here.

How we are helping the Planet

It’s a journey

We don’t have all the answers, but we are committed to transparently sharing our progress and learnings, and invite feedback at any time to help us improve.

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The Chicken Cycle: The benefits of gardening with chooks

May 17th, 2022 Sustainability

Last year we introduced chickens to our garden and they’ve quickly become a fundamental part of our permaculture gardening system. They’re also comical creatures to have around, and the three youngest AliKats (Ivy, Wilf and Albie aged 8, 6 and 4) have loved being involved in taking care of them.

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EcoSki – the sustainable way to find your perfect ski outfit

March 17th, 2022 Sustainability

We’re always interested in supporting other brands and businesses that are shaping the future of skiing and helping skiers tread more lightly on the planet. EcoSki is a business with a clear mission: to give skiers better choices for obtaining their kit, limit unnecessary purchases (and waste) and keep mountain…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Carbon neutral means that an organisation, product, or service has taken action to reduce and remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it puts into it. This is usually achieved by reducing as many CO2 emissions as possible and then balancing what cannot be removed through offsetting (IPCC).

This is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities and operations of a particular individual, organization, or community.

We will track how much carbon dioxide our operations as a company emit in kg on an annual basis. We have grouped our activity into 4 areas, which we will measure accordingly:

  1. Energy use of accommodation

To calculate this we will add up the total number of litres of heating fuel and/or the number of KWh of electricity and then using a set of standardised Carbon coefficients, we will calculate the number of Kg of carbon for each heating type. The carbon emissions of our hydroelectric generated electricity will be lower than the French average and our phase two goal is to calculate a more detailed carbon amount based on the specific hydroelectric power station from where we buy our electricity

  1. Transport

To calculate this we will calculate the total amount of petrol and diesel used and then using the Carbon coefficient for each fuel type, we will calculate the number of Kg of carbon emitted.

  1. Waste

To calculate this, we will physically weigh the waste by category (household, recycling and glass) before putting it in the bin. We will then use the carbon coefficients for each type of waste to calculate the number of KG of carbon emitted.

  1. Food & Drinks Provision

To calculate this, initially we will add up the total number of meals served and then use the Carbon coefficient for a standard meal to calculate the number of Kg carbon emitted. In reality however, the carbon footprint of the food we serve will have a much lower carbon footprint than the standard carbon coefficient for a meal ,and so a more accurate calculation will require us to go down to the level of each ingredients. This is a phase two goal for us due to the effort involved with capturing this more detailed data.

Carbon offsetting is a way for organisations to manage carbon emissions that they cannot eliminate entirely, so they can become carbon neutral. Through offsetting projects that reduce or remove emissions, we cancel out carbon emissions we are not able to completely eliminate during the operation of our business.

Our primary goal is to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible across all areas of the business. Unfortunately, we are still responsible for some unavoidable emissions, which must be counteracted as a crucial part of our carbon management programme. We are dedicating time and resources towards identifying and investing in offsetting projects that meet our vision of a climate positive future, one where we not only reduce CO2 emissions but also restore and regenerate our planet for the future.

We have altered our prices to include carbon offsetting costs. This ensures our guests have no additional fees to worry about. However, it is important to remember that carbon offsetting is our final response, and our first response is always to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible.

As we do not book customer flights and travel to resort, we do not include them in our carbon emission calculations and they are, therefore, not offset by the company. As we do not book flights and currently have no way of reliably knowing customer travel plans and where they are coming from, it’s not possible to include them in our figures.

However, we recognise that carbon emissions caused by travel, including travel to our chalets, have a huge impact. We are promoting lower impact methods of travel over flying, and are backing the campaign to improve rail connections to the Northern Alps (please read further information on the Alpine Express here).

Our goal is to introduce a carbon offsetting initiative to our guests, which enables them to measure and mitigate the carbon produced by their transport to resort. By opting into this program our customers can rest assured that their contribution is invested in our carefully selected off-setting projects.

By positive impact we mean a company that creates more beneficial impact, than harmful impact, on the environment. Foremost, this means removing move carbon from the atmosphere than we put into it by our company’s actions and operations, but it goes beyond this. We choose to use this term, rather than carbon positive, because our environmental vision extends to a wide range of holistic long term positive benefits for the environment and local community. You can read more about this here.

Montagne Verte is a non-profit association funded by the community it serves with a simple mission; develop solutions for the region of Morzine to reduce its environmental impact. In working closely with local stakeholders, Montagne Verte aims to provide a valuable resource that brings together all kinds of helpful information and support. This will enable our community to make greener decisions and become a more sustainable tourism destination. Al and Kat, co-owners of AliKats, are founding members and actively involved in the operation of the association. Read more about it here.

Current IPCC advice tells us that, by 2030, we need to cut global carbon emissions to at least 55% below what they were in 2017, to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming.

Why do we care? Going above 1.5 degrees of warming puts millions more at risk of potentially life-threatening weather patterns and poverty. It all but wipes out coral reefs that entire ecosystems rely on worldwide. Seas rise and swallow cities. That said, the climate crisis is already here, we are already seeing the effects of it across our planet. However, we still have a shot at holding the line at 1.5 degrees to keep what is already a climate crisis affecting millions from becoming a climate catastrophe. According to the IPCC we need to basically cut fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030 to do it. It requires change on a global level, which is why you are reading this on our website and we are publicly committing to do everything possible to go beyond this target and do our best for the planet.

It’s true that it requires positive action for a sport such as skiing, with its requirement for lifts, pistes and artificial snow, to operate on a green basis, but with new environmental measures, practices and technology in place, this is becoming an achievable goal.

Ski lifts and artificial snow-making do require power for the ski season; but they are increasingly efficient and clean since they no longer run on diesel and the electricity comes from renewable sources. Many resorts in Europe, including Morzine-Avoriaz, are taking steps to derive their power from green energy. The companies running the ski lifts in Morzine, SA Pleney and SERMA are currently installing photovoltaic panels (for solar energy) on the Proclou chairlift – 41m² of panels have been installed for a forecast production of 9000 kWh per year which will be deployed for the operation of the lift. This innovative project is the first of its kind in Haute-Savoie.

The Morzine ski area’s piste bashing machines run on non-toxic, biodegradable GTL fuel as opposed to the off-road winter diesel used by traditional piste bashers. They are also less disruptive, quieter machines. Meanwhile, the Forestry Commission ensures each tree cut down from the ski area is accounted for. Trees, including important local species such as spruce, fir, and larch, are replanted in areas of the Chablais that need it.

When it comes to accommodation, choosing an environmentally friendly hotel or chalet company, particularly if you opt for catering, which means your food will be bought and prepared responsibly, means you can rest assured the footprint of your holiday will remain small.

Taking all of this into account, its still hard to ignore the estimation that 60% – 70% of a ski resort’s yearly carbon emissions come from visitors’ modes of transport to and from the resort. Consequently it could be said, the biggest challenge lies not within the management of the direct impact of skiing on the mountain (all though this is, of course, highly important), but in reducing the impact of the high-carbon travel associated with travelling to the resort. It’s estimated that choosing the train over flying cuts CO2 emissions per passenger by 90%.

Skiing can be a relatively low impact sport, if the resort, accommodation and method of travel are chosen with the environment in mind.

We do not hide from the fact that skiing has had a detrimental impact on the environment, but we firmly believe that this can be transformed. Mountain tourism can become an inspiring force of positive change on a local and global scale. As a community that is strongly feeling the effects of climate change year-on-year, we are among the most proactive. Likewise, as a skier through your actions and purchasing decisions, you have an opportunity to propel positive change and protect the mountains you cherish. We are committed to helping our guests tread lightly on the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. As a starting point you can:

  1. Seek out eco-friendly companies to spend money with. Think about your accommodation, food, clothing and equipment.

  2. Reduce your CO2 emissions by choosing more environmentally friendly methods of travel, like road or rail, over flying.

  3. Choose a green resort. Morzine/ Avoriaz is pushing forward with the sustainable development of The Portes du Soleil ski area and is on its way to achieving a Flocon Vert: a label which certifies a mountain tourist destination is making substantial efforts to make its resort green.

  4. Back the Planet. Support eco efforts within the industry by sharing stories, investing in nonprofits and taking an interest in environmental initiatives.

  5. Off-set your carbon emissions in credited projects. To make this step easier, we are working on a project to help our guests calculate and offset CO2 emissions created during travel to and from Morzine.

  6. Eat sustainably. Stay with companies that buy local produce to reduce food miles and are helping guests reduce their meat consumption, with initiatives like AliKats meat free Mondays and attractive vegetarian/vegan options. Plant-based foods are massively on the rise and becoming far more common in Morzine restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

Seasons

We operate all year round. Winter and Summer are extremely popular but Spring and Autumn are not to be missed!

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Team

We imagine a world where hospitality becomes a inspiring force for good by delivering experiences that are truly sustainable, enrich local communities and are provided by teams of talented people who love what they do

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Press

As well as being popular in the Press we have also been lucky enough to win several different awards over the years and it is thanks to our amazing team that we have been recognised in this way!

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Testimonials

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Morzine

Morzine Avoriaz is located at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Morzine is characterised by charming chalets and Avoriaz by it's access to the pistes

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