GREEN (Borderless Energy Cooperation between ski resorts)
Topic of the practice
GREEN is an Interreg IV A project promoted by the companies which run the 5 largest ski resorts in the Dalarna and Hedmark regions. The main objective of the project is to increase rational use of energy and the use of renewable energies (sun, wind, water) in ski resorts in order to reduce the environmental impact of winter sports activities in the Inner Scandinavian skiing resorts. An energy program was developed at national level identifying the needs.
Good Practice Information
Background is the climate change situation. The participating ski resorts like to assume their responsibilities and showing their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Sustainable development of ski resort not only contributes to cost reduction, but also creates a ‘GREENER” and more environmental friendly image, will be an important selling proposition in the future.
An energy program was developed on national level where the needs were identified. One was: “energy issues in winter sport areas”. 1) A feasibility study was initiated 2006-2007. It said: “there is a lot to do and there are advantages to cooperate with Norway”
2) The GRREEN-project was developed with targets, 31 tools, methods and the basis for how to become energy efficient in the ski resorts.
Evidence of success
• an energy office was opened in Hedmark;
• the ski resorts saved money and earn a better image
• new networks among the managers of the ski resorts were created;The follow up project GREEN 2020 has started on the 1st of November 2011. GREEN 2020 is a three year project that will run until August 2014. Information on GREEN 2020 can be found on “www.green2020.info”
• an education course at the University college of Dalarna started.
• the GREEN project will continue its work in a new project, the GREEN 2020;
• a national project including the south mountain region of Sweden will start.
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Annex completed on: 08-24-2012