Nature is our most important capital. It must be protected and preserved in the best possible way so that guests from near and far can continue to come to us in the Ahrntal Valley to enjoy our alpine nature. In order for this to happen, we all need to help - as hosts, but also as guests, we have to think about how we can make vacation as sustainable as possible.
What we do today determines what the world will look like tomorrow.
The switch to renewable energy is one of the most important issues for a green future. That is why we obtain 100% of our energy from hydropower, which is generated on site in the Ahrntal valley.
Also when it comes to heating, we rely on sustainable energy sources. We have our own biomass heating system, which is fired with wood (wood chips and wood briquettes) from the surrounding area. Wood is considered to be a CO²-neutral fuel, as it only releases about as much CO² during combustion as it has previously absorbed from the air, releasing oxygen in the process. We are also not closed to new technologies of sustainable heating, which is why, in 2007, we put a heat pump into operation that covers part of our heating requirements with the help of CO²-free geothermal energy.
At least as important as the use of sustainable, renewable energies is a careful and economical use of them. This is another reason why it is important to us to always keep our facilities as well as our house up to date and thus save energy.
Sustainable mobility and tourism - how does that fit together? Quite simple: with the "HolidayPass Ahrntal", your ticket for public transport in South Tyrol! You will receive it upon arrival at our hotel and can then use the buses and regional trains of public transport throughout South Tyrol for the entire duration of your stay. Whether you want to go to the skiing area, shopping in town or to the starting point of a hiking tour, you can leave your car in our parking lot. Or you can leave it at home and choose a sustainable arrival by train and bus.
Here at the Alpine Life Hotel Anabel we pay very close attention to proper waste separation and the purchase of recycled and recyclable products. All garbage is separated by us and disposed of accordingly at the recycling center of our municipality. Where possible, we also try to reduce waste. You will notice this, for example, at our breakfast buffet, where we avoid unnecessary packaging as much as possible. This allows us to avoid a lot of unrecyclable waste and reduce our ecological footprint.
To make recycling work well, we also rely on your help. The following tips will help you avoid unrecyclable waste and preserve our environment in the best possible way:
Sustainability is also very important to us in the kitchen and at the bar. That's why we make sure to source our food and beverages as locally as possible and avoid unnecessary packaging. In this way, we reduce transport routes, waste and promote small cycles as well as local agriculture. You will notice this, for example, at our breakfast buffet, in the wine and beverage list or on our menu at dinner.
There we always offer vegetarian dishes too. These are much more sustainable than dishes containing meat or fish, both in terms of CO² emissions and the consumption of resources such as water or energy, as well as the amount of land needed for cultivation.
So to become more sustainable, we should reduce our meat consumption. This also has health benefits, for example, the DGE recommends a consumption of 300 to a maximum of 600 grams of meat per week. By comparison, in 2020, the average european citizen's meat consumption was around 1.15 kilograms per week.
Sustainable living at Alpine Life Hotel Anabel - to do justice to this, our rooms and suites were equipped with mainly natural materials and built by local craftsmen and companies. This not only saves transport routes, but also strengthens the local economy.
Also in this area you can help us to reduce our CO² footprint, because washing the bed linen, towels, bathrobes & Co. consumes a lot of water & energy. With us, you decide how often this laundry is changed during your stay.