Obstacles and possible actions for achieving fossil-free skiing in Sweden, including direct and indirect impact of the industry.
Snow groomers can already run on fossil-free biofuels, however, that is not yet the case for snowmobiles.
Electric snowmobiles are gradually being introduced into the market. Availability of bio-fuels is an obstacle, as is access to capital for investments in new technology, for smaller resorts. The transition also involves overcoming knowledge barriers and stimulating changes in behaviour.
Industry actions for core business
SLAO trains 1,000 individuals every year. Sustainability is intensifying as a driver for change. Knowledge of snow storage techniques is a priority as is eco-driving etc.
A switch to bio-fuels in snow groomers is underway, as is collaboration with suppliers for testing electric snowmobiles.
The industry’s activities for energy efficiency and conversion to renewable energy include:
• Encouraging members to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity for snow making and ski lift operation.
• Sharing knowledge about optimal snow distribution.
• Sharing knowledge of the opportunities of using micro-grids.
• Providing energy audits.
• Sharing best practice in a structured way.
• Offering supporting documentation for procurements.
• Mapping out and implementing potential eco-labels/
certifications for ski resort operations.
Industry actions for ancillary businesses
In perspective 2, ski resorts can often set requirements via procurements. Therefore, their knowledge of procurement as a tool needs to increase. This includes investigating how to improve the provision of electricity and renewable fuels for visitors’ vehicles in the resorts.
Expansion of charging stations at ski resorts and information to guests about sustainable accommodation packages and travel options are examples of activities in the coming years.
In order to switch to fossil-free travel together with visitors and other parties, knowledge about travel patterns needs to increase and a better adapted infrastructure needs to be built.
The ski industry’s activities in the transport area (perspective
3) largely involve influencing.