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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.

Electricity in Engelberg
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.


We appreciate and protect our nature
Engelberg is blessed with precious water that flows from the clear mountain rivers, springs, streams and waterfalls. You can drink the tap-water in Engelberg. However, it remains clear only if the snow-covered mountain fields are not fertilized, otherwise the melting snow would pollute the water in the streams

To preserve the unique alpine flora for a long time to come, you should not pick alpine flowers. In order to make the alpine flora accessible to tourists, the Titlis Bergbahnen have designed a mountain flower trail leading from Gerschnialp (1,200 m above sea level) to Trübsee (1,800 m above sea level). This trail is signposted with information about flowers at the various locations. The description also mentions the medicinal use of the flowers.

In winter, depending on the snow conditions, the wild animals live between 1,300 m above sea level and 1,900 m above sea level and need their rest to survive these hard times. Therefore, winter tourists are not allowed to enter the wildlife zones and forests.

 


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 various stops on six different routes to all valley stations.
Positive aspects: 

  • There is less traffic within Engelberg.
  • The air quality in the village has improved significantly.
  • The parking spaces at the bottom station of the cable car are less needed and are therefore   no longer overcrowded for day tourists from Lucerne and the surrounding area.
  • Since the buses run directly in front of the valley station, guests do not have to ski 200 metres from the car park to the valley station.

By the way, the valley stations are also easily accessible on foot. Are you arriving by electric car? No problem, there are currently eight charging stations in Engelberg.


Mountain Railways and energy efficiency
The whole stream of the Titlis Bergahnen (incl. artificial snow, Berghotel Trübsee, 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. The Ristis-Brunnihütte chairlift automatically switches off in winter when there is nobody on the chairlift. Electricity consumption has thus been reduced by approx. 10% per winter season.

 


Waste and Recycling
The treatment plant on the Titlis filters the dirt so that the water becomes clean. The waste is separated in special containers on the Titlis and then transported to the valley.

Engelberg waste is separated at a disposal point; thanks to various containers the waste can be disposed properly.
All residents and guests are asked not to leave the waste lying around and to take it with them at all times. The same also applies to the disposal of fruit or vegetable shells, as cultivation often involves the use of non-organic sprays.


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


Green Hospitality
The Hotel Crystal is 100% Co2 free. On the roof there is a photovoltaic system that covers almost 100% of the hotel's electricity requirements on very sunny days. The share of self-produced solar energy in the Hotel Crystal is around 10% of the annual energy requirement. The remaining electricity is generated by hydropower. The hotel rooms and the hot water are heated with a heat pump from the groundwater. 


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% (in comparison with 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.