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sustainability in Engelberg

Energiestadt Engelberg - The village is continuously committed to the efficient use of energy, climate protection, renewable energies and environmentally friendly mobility.

Where does the electricity from Engelberg come from?
The Obwalden power station produces 100% renewable electricity. All municipal buildings and facilities in Engelberg have been covered with 100% renewable electricity since 2016. 50% of this is eco electricity. The Engelberg heating plant has a district heating system that covers all public facilities and as many private houses as possible. The wood needed for this is supplied from the forests of Engelberg and Central Switzerland as well as from regional residual wood.


Nature must be appreciated and protected
Engelberg is blessed with precious water that flows from the clear mountain rivers, springs, streams and waterfalls. The tap water of Engelberg is suitable for drinking. However, it remains clear only if the snow-covered mountain fields are not fertilized. The melting snow would pollute the water in the streams.

So that the unique alpine flora can be admired for a long time to come, you must not pick alpine flowers. Not only humans but also animals need their rest. It is therefore forbidden to enter the wildlife zones.


Arrival and mobility in Engelberg
The village is centrally located and easily accessible by public transport. The monastery village can be reached by train within 45 minutes from Lucerne. The free local bus in the village runs all year round from the station on six different routes to all valley stations. The valley stations can also be easily reached on foot. Are you arriving by electric car? No problem, there are eight charging stations in Engelberg.


Energy efficiency of the mountain railways
The whole stream of the Titlis Bergahnen (incl. artificial snow, Titlis Resort and Hotel Terrace) is 100% hydroelectric. All Titlis snow groomers are powered by biofuel.

Since 2013, the transport facilities of the Brunni lifts have been running 100% on electricity from CO2-free hydropower. The solar systems in the Ristis also produce enough electricity to snow the slopes. For these reasons, Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG was the first complete "climate-neutral company 2018" in Switzerland to receive an award. MyClimate thus confirmed that they have made a voluntary contribution to climate protection.


Waste and Recycling
The treatment plant on the Titlis filters dirt to keep the water clean. Engelberg's waste is separated at the disposal point thanks to various containers and can therefore be disposed of properly. All residents and guests are asked not to leave the waste behind but to take it with them at all times. Even fruit or vegetable shells cannot be ecological if they have been sprayed during cultivation.


From the region for the region
The Engelberg show dairy and eight different alpine cheese dairies around Engelberg produce delicious regional alpine cheese. Alpkäse is produced directly in the Alps. Thanks to the fresh, spicy, fresh and healthy herbs and grasses of the alpine pastures, the cheese becomes spicy and tasty. The Hurschler dairy also processes the delicious milk into irresistible cheese specialities. In summer there is a market every Saturday which sells many regional products.


What happens next in Engelberg?
The municipality of Engelberg aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Engelberg is reducing the demand for hot water and space heating by 20% (2010) in all municipal buildings and facilities by 2020.
  • The municipality will reduce the electricity requirement for municipal buildings and facilities by 5% by 2020 (compared to 2010).
  • From 2020, 25% of the energy requirements for space heating and hot water will be provided from renewable energy sources throughout the entire municipality.
  • By 2030, the total energy demand for space heating and hot water in the entire municipality will be 20% lower than in 2010.
  • In Engelberg, more and more houses are being built with groundwater pump heating or wood chip heating. 
  • From 2020, the municipality will cover 3 GWh/a of its electricity requirements with its own production facilities (biogas plant, photovoltaic plants, drinking water power plants).