Providing a unique experience and meeting environmental standards for luxury tourism

News - 2/19/2019

With its design for a new energy-efficient five-star hotel, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage commits to developing more sustainable tourism and demonstrates its intent to preserve Megève's natural assets for future generations.

Tourism has a significant impact on the climate. This industry generates 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and this figure will only increase given the strong growth in the sector. Between 2009 and 2013, for example, tourism’s global carbon footprint increased from 3.9 to 4.5 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent, four times more than previously estimated[1].

27% of greenhouse gas emissions in ski resorts relates to energy use by buildings

These emissions are not caused only by transport and travel, although they do make a large contribution. They are also the direct result of various types of accommodation and more specifically, for mountain tourism.

The Four Seasons Hotel Megève was designed with this in mind and based on a firm conviction that mountain tourism is highly exposed to climate change. By investing in a hotel built to the highest environmental standards, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage is helping to preserve the rich and fragile natural heritage it has promoted since 1920 when Noémie de Rothschild decided to turn Mont d’Arbois into a renowned ski resort.

Protecting the environment now helps provide hotel guests with a unique experience

Every detail of the hotel's construction has therefore been considered with a view to minimising its environmental footprint. It was the firm’s intention, from the very beginning, to obtain High Environmental Quality (HQE) for Tertiary Buildings in Operation certification. Protecting the environment now helps provide hotel guests with a unique experience whether through the use of an air filter system to control air quality, efficient water management by using a drip irrigation system to water green spaces, temperature control optimisation, the use of LEDs for 90% of lighting, or the contribution towards developing renewable energies through the installation of 200 m2 of solar panels. This eco-friendly policy now allows the hotel to achieve 20-30% energy savings compared with a non-HQE building. 

The next step in this commitment is biodiversity. After planting nearly 12,000 plants in the hotel's gardens, hives will be installed high up on Mont d’Arbois to house bee colonies and thus facilitate the pollination cycle.

[1] The carbon footprint of global tourism, 2018, Nature Climate Change