Patrick Thorne reports Paradiski, the world’s third largest ski areas created by the linking of La Plagne, Peisey Vallandry and Les Arcs, has announced that it is now using 100% renewable energy to power its ski lifts and other electrical needs.
Since 2008, all of the ski area’s lift companies have been Safety, Quality, and Environmental (SQE) certified to the international ISO 9001 (Quality), OHASA 18001 (Safety), and ISO 14001 (Environmental) standards.
"Since our inception we have been committed to playing a major role in respecting the environment and in effectively managing natural resources", said a statement from the resort.
The Paradiski ski lift network is now 100% powered by green energy, and certified by the European label, TÜV-SUD (www.tuev-sued.de), which ensures that the strictest standards set to date for 100% renewable energy: hydroelectricity, wind power, and solar power.
To reduce CO² emissions, Paradiski’s lift companies are also AlpEnergie 100 certified, receiving all electricity through the power company, ENALP, which specializes in distributing renewable energies.
By purchasing 100% green energy, Paradiski also contributes to the Nature Option Energy (NOE) fund, which finances research, development and construction of new means of renewable electricity production in France. These funds, created and managed by the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (www.cnr.tm.fr), provide financing for projects such as 3D mapping of wind, as well as wind turbine prototype testing and construction. In 2011, renewable energies represented 12.8% of the electricity produced in France.
Paradiski joins 60 other leading ski areas around the world that claim to use, and in some cases generate, 100% green energy for their power needs, either from local generation or by offsetting their purchase of ‘brown’ energy against the production of an equivalent amount of green energy.