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!
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.