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Haute- Savoie, France
Creating wealth without harming the planet: this is a permanent concern for the Haute-Savoie department in the French Alps. The region is committed to developing economic and touristic activities while ensuring their successful integration into its postcard-like landscapes.
To minimize the ecological footprint, elected officials, policy makers and tourism professionals constantly strive to find the right balance between encouraging healthy tourism and protecting a unique environment. They have found that the answer lies in promoting renewable energies and “soft mobility,” a new trend in tourism that allows all stakeholders in travel to reduce the impact tourism activities have on the environment.
Protecting the quality of life and the environment
In 2004, Haute-Savoie committed to a policy of environmental excellence to better address such concerns. Since then, the region has undertaken 21 projects. Some examples are reducing waste production, building and renovating buildings that utilize energy efficiency, sensitizing secondary school students to environmental responsibility and experimenting with alternative means of transportation. In 2006, the region also established a departmental energy plan.
Haute-Savoie launched a Climate Action Plan in 2008, and in 2009 it joined the European Union program EnercitEE (European networks, experience and recommendations helping cities and citizens to become Energy Efficient). The goal is to strengthen energy efficiency, the use of renewable energies and energy conservation. Furthermore, the institution Savoie-Mont-Blanc Tourisme is encouraging the development of “eco-stations.”
An old concern
This concern for the environment is far from recent: SILA (the Inter-municipal Association of Lake Annecy) was created in 1957 by eight municipalities in order to save the lake from pollution.The association accomplished its mission and more: Lake Annecy is now known as the cleanest in Europe.
In Haute-Savoie, there is a common goal: to create a delicate balance between economic development and environmental protection in order to preserve the high-quality natural and living environments.
This goal is perfectly addressed by a program like Hotel Energy Solutions, which local hoteliers, who are very sensitive to these issues, have spontaneously lauded.
(Photo: © Savoie Mont Blanc / Haase)
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For more Information on HES in Haute Savoie:
Brochure download (French):
Ms Sandrine Bornaghi
Responsible for Environmental Projects
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de la Haute-Savoie