Sustainability governs all that we do, both in-house and everything to do with our transport and leisure services. Because if people are our central focus, we have to take an active stand to protect and preserve the environment they live in.
For this reason, our goal is to promote a greener Catalonia for today’s citizens and those to come, to create a future for our country. And environmental action is the best way to assure this future. In fact, sustainability is more than just another principle – it’s part of our DNA.
We are the most sustainable option for passenger and goods transport, as we avoid thousands of tonnes of CO₂ emissions. Specifically, those emitted by 75 million journeys in private vehicles and 81,000 lorries every year.
100% of the electrical energy supplied to us is currently green; 25% comes from solar power and, by 2021, 100% of the energy we use will be solar.
We are gradually installing LED lighting in all stations. We are already at 48% and by 2021 100% of our stations will have LED lighting.
Encouraging sustainable travel
We are reinforcing our service to encourage sustainable mobility rather than other options, by making our trains more frequent, adding new services and adding second lines.
We are committed to intermodal transport and we therefore have Park&Ride car parks at a total of 36 stations. And we are working towards 100% of the Park&Rides having electric car charging points by 2021, to contribute to mobility by electric vehicle in Catalonia.
We have significantly reduced our acoustic impact in the last two years, and we plan to cut it by 50% in 2021 through maintenance work, investments in refurbished facilities and new trains to enable us to reduce noise both outside and inside the train.
A tool to show the environmental impact of journeys by private vehicle graphically, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of travelling by public transport. It automatically calculates the CO2 emissions saved, the improvement in air quality, optimisation of energy consumption, the economic saving generated, the reduction in traffic congestion and the fall in accidents, for each route.
We carry on our activities in the most environment-friendly way, and encourage our visitors to do the same.
100% of the energy we use at our resorts is renewable, and by 2021 it will be 100% solar.
We are implementing alternative energies, as in La Molina, which has a 500 kW biomass plant providing heating and hot water for the buildings at the foot of the cable car. This plan enables us to cut CO2 emissions.
We are working to phase out fuel oil as an energy source in the buildings that make up the Vall de Núria complex, and so cut CO2 emissions and boost the energy efficiency of thermal power systems, as well as implementing a scheme to switch to geothermal energy.
Efficient snow management
We produce twice as much snow to keep 90% of the area under snow in less time, using 50% less energy and the same amount of water as before, so optimising our use of resources. Like this we assure snow regardless of the weather and so are becoming an international benchmark in sustainable snow conservation.
Reduction and reusing waste
We work to raise awareness of reducing and reusing waste. This is why the Vall de Núria opts for initiatives like Plastic 0 or Vallter 2000 for Packaging Zero, and the Espot and Port Ainé resorts foster the use of biodegradable, compostable packaging.
Preserving the environment and fostering biodiversity
We are committed to protecting the habitats and species that exist in the areas of influence of our activities, by backing measures to help fauna and flora, developing, implementing and promoting educational and awareness-raising programmes to foster biodiversity. This is why we cooperate actively with the nature parks in the area.
We save 81,801 lorry journeys a year, representing a saving of 3.1 million litres of diesel fuel. Our challenge is to save 202,000 lorry journeys a year by 2022, a 60% increase, as well as saving 70% more litres of diesel fuel and cutting polluting emissions by 66%.