Approach to SDGs

Sustainable development – Improving energy efficiency

◎Switch to renewable energy

At Hakuba Happo-one, the Alpen Quad Lift was the first lift to run on 100% renewable energy in February 2020, and since then additional lifts have been converted last season and during this season.
We aim to change the electricity used by snow machines and some of the restaurants on the slopes will also be converted to renewable energy. This initiative is expected to reduce the ski resort’s annual CO2 emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes.

Lifts operating on renewable energy (updated 1 February 2022)
Alpen quad
Kurobishi 2 quad
Kurobishi 3 pair
Kokusai 1 pair
Kokusai 3 Pair  A & B line
Sakka 2 pair
Kitaone 3 pair
Sakka Kitaone quad
Skyline 2 pair
Nakiyama 2 pair
Nakiyama 3 triple A & B line
Riesen quad

In the midst of global warming and increasing irregular weather patterns, ski resorts have been emitting volumes of CO2 with the use of snowmaking machines, grooming, lift operations, heating and lighting. In accordance with national climate change and energy strategies it is important for ski resorts to embrace and adopt innovative technologies. By making small changes toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly tourism facility this also means we can pass them on to future generations so that everyone who is passionate and enjoys nature and the outdoors can continue to enjoy their time here.

◎Fuel efficiency – cut cost & reduce the burden on the environment

In 2020-2021 season, we trialed a new energy efficient program 「Snow How]  for the efficient operations of our grooming and snowmaking. By installing the Prinoth Snow How system for one of our groomers we could foresee the overall measurement of energy and cost savings.
・snow measurement
・fleet management
・snow inventory
・idling time
・fuel consumption
Reducing the burden on the environment through lean and efficient management we hope to fully install the system in the short term future.