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Protection of the environment & sustainability on holiday
That we take a look and all care about the environment is a fact. But actions must follow words. At TAUERNHOF, protecting the environment is more than lip service. We keep our promises ...
TAUERNHOF is the first and only hotel in Flachau that has been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel for highest quality standards, environmentally-friendly and sustainable management. At the same time, the Tauernhof hotel has received the EU Ecolabel and has been accepted in the league of Climate Alliance companies. But there is more; we received the umwelt blatt salzburg award for our efforts in the regional protection of the environment. In the follow-up check 2019, we achieved 309% of the target.
As a Climate Alliance company, we are committed to carry out specific climate protection measures at our hotel. For example, we use regional materials, LED lightning, energy-efficient windows and a heat-insulating facade. As a climate protection company, we obliged to determine climate protection targets. The compliance with and the achievement of those is checked by an external body.
The Austrian Ecolabel is only awarded to hotels that meet a wide range of environmental criteria as well as many other requirements, like relevant quality and practical implementation. The Austrian Ecolabel stands for top quality and environmentally-friendly policies: from using regional food products to responsible use of resources, like water and energy. To guarantee transparency and to assure the guests, the compliance with the strict environmental guidelines is checked and verified through an independent assessment every four years.
At the end of March 2015, the Tauernhof hotel received the umwelt blatt salzburg award of the umwelt service salzburg organisation. Because of our waste prevention and reduction measures and our steps taken to save resources, we are one of ten Salzburg companies that have been honoured with a leaf on the umwelt baum salzburg tree for their actions. Our Tauernhof umwelt blatt leave adorned the top of the umwelt baum tree for one year. This award motivated us even more to be a role model in the regional protection of the environment and to continue to further develop our environmental protection measures.
The European Ecolabel is an international seal of quality that is used to identify consumer products and services. It was introduced with the EC regulation 1980/2000/EG. It is also known as the flower or euro flower.
The criteria are submitted to the Member States and the European Commission. Random checks are carried out on the certified products by independent inspectors and the Association for Consumer Information.
True to the motto “the region on the plate and in the glass“, our purchase department puts great emphasis on quality products from the region and Austria. We use suppliers like the Salzburger Land Molkerei dairy, "bio from the valley, the butcher’s Ablinger and we work closely together with regional companies. The breakfast rolls are made in the village and the excellent steaks at Schusterhäusl come exclusively from Austrian cattle.
Apart from a sophisticated waste separation system, we also put great importance on waste prevention. We are trying to increase the use of recyclable packaging materials. We ask you as guests to prevent waste and we offer waste separation systems.
Using environmentally-friendly cosmetic and care products from Hotelbedarf24, we have been reducing the impact on our environment significantly.
The heating system uses biomass from the local heating plant. The ideal insulation of the building ensures that the heat stays inside for longer. 95% of the windows have already been replaced with triple glazed insulated windows.
Conversions are exclusively equipped with the latest LED lighting and all traditional lightbulbs will be replaced with LED technology step by step. 85% of the electricity is generated from hydropower of the region. With a 41.4 KW photovoltaic system on the roof of the hotel, the hotel has even been producing part of the electricity itself since 2019.
The water you use for cleaning yourself is pure spring water from the Marbachtal Valley, at the head of the Flachau Valley, and is of perfect drinking water quality. The taps are equipped with water savers and carry the Ecolabel. We use biodegradable detergents, clean with water- & chemicals-saving steam cleaners and our wastewater pass through a fat separator before entering the canalisation. The residues from that can be reused.
When we leave the mountain, the rubbish comes with us – this is the slogan of the initiative established in summer 2019.
#es tut nicht weh is a non-profit organisation with the objective to keep nature and the mountains clean. When we find rubbish along the way, we pick it up and take it with us – always and wherever we are: on the mountain, in the valley, at the river and in town. Because it doesn’t hurt. And because we love nature and the mountains and want to keep them for future generations.
The Tauernhof hotel is a supporter of this organisation and we lead by example on our tours.