Carbon neutral

We are guests on this earth. And as an ecological hotel, we are highly conscious of using resources carefully and responsibly. As a matter of fact, our hotel will be carbon neutral for the first time in 2020!

Hard facts about the Gralhof:

We serve 100% organic food and drinks — no exceptions!

Locally sourced green electricity

Our heating system uses wood chips from our own forests

Wednesday is meatless day, a vegetarian day for everyone

Train station shuttle service and excellent in-house mobility practices

Organic products from our own organic farm

Maximum use of local products— some even transported by electric vehicle

Sustainable operating resources

We are a carbon-neutral organic hotel, with carbon equalization vouchers that support social responsibility in Rwanda and Uruguay

National presence and exemplary impact

Nominated for the Austrian Climate Protection Award

Carbon neutral — what does it mean for us here at the Gralhof?

The CO2 footprint from our hotel, including food and beverages, is 43 tons of CO2-equivalent pollutants per annum. In comparison, a single German citizen produces about 10 tons of CO2 a year on average. In order to additionally offset the emissions of our hotel and restaurant, we have also purchased 86 environmental protection vouchers for the years 2020 and 2021.

The long path to carbon neutrality

Calculating our carbon footprint provides us as a company an awareness of which of our business activities generate how much CO2. In this way, we identify high-emission activities and areas where we have potential to improve. We had the total greenhouse gas emissions from operating the Gralhof organic hotel and restaurant calculated and actively offset them by funding two different climate protection projects in 2020. These certificates support a cooking project in Rwanda by Gold Standard, and a reforestation project in Uruguay run by Verified Carbon Standard.

Why do we do it?

Because we understand what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conclusively states: Avoiding emissions only costs 0.6% of our annual added value, while eliminating damage caused by “carrying on as usual” costs many times that. We are aware of our special responsibility to future generations and strive to act with foresight. Our hotel’s carbon footprint was calculated for us by Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co.