Carbon footprint of a ski resort: detailed calculations of emissions of greenhouse gases in ski resort
Study conducted between May and September 2007 2007 by the Mountain Riders Association in Saint Martin de Belleville areas including Les Menuires and Val Thorens.
Objective: To estimate the origins of GHG emissions from tourism a mountain resort
A) The recorded emissions
The figures considered relate to the activities of Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens on 2006 year, some figures are averaged over 2 years.
The study concerns the energy used for all activities and direct consumption required to operate the station:
- Transport holidaymakers from home
- The delivery of various deliveries to the station
- All internal activities at the station
- Electricity: heating and consumption of accommodation, operation of the ski area, lighting ...
- Fuel: tourist transport, goods and personnel, heating, snow removal equipment, grooming, transportation ...
Unaccounted emissions and are not taken into account:
- Amortization of property
- Polluting materials leak (eg refrigerants equipment ...)
- Treatment and end-of-waste, which proportionally represent a small part of
emissions from a mountain resort.
Furthermore, for reasons of methodology and lack of information are not counted:
- Transport by Orelle, day holiday
- Freight transport upstream suppliers
- Transport seasonal from home until station
- Personal transport of the inhabitants of the town
- Activities related to construction sites in summer
- Issues related to second homes
- Issues related to communal lighting.