The Leitlhof rewarded for its efforts at the GreenTec Awards
Eco-friendly holiday in the Three Peaks area in the Dolomites
At the Hotel 4* Superior Leitlhof in South Tyrol, sustainable holidays have been our prerogative for some years now. Green holidays started out as a relatively small thing but are now set to shape the future of our hotel and of the entire area of the Three Peaks in the Dolomites.
Greater environmental awareness thanks to UNESCO
The area of the Three Peaks in the Dolomites gained new environmental awareness when it was declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site. The people who call South Tyrol their home realised how important it is to protect this unique natural paradise, however environmentally aware they were beforehand. They now understand the need for ongoing commitment to care for this paradise.
Protection of the environment, the responsible use of resources and sustainable tourism are all aspects that help us to preserve this wonderful landscape for future generations. This commitment brings together the inhabitants and economy of the Three Peaks area in the Dolomites. Hotel Leitlhof is proud of its role as a pioneer in this regard.
Sustainable holidays at the Leitlhof Dolomiten
The Leitlhof is one of the first carbon-neutral hotels in South Tyrol, as well as one of the first energy self-sufficient hotels in the world. Hotel Leitlhof was nominated Europe's Leading Green Hotel 2016 and came second in the GreenTec Awards, thanks to its professional and successful approach to sustainability and protection of the environment. Hotel Leitlhof regularly comes near the top in the world of sustainable tourism.
Design and installation of the hotel's wood chip-fired plant
One of the most revolutionary innovations in recent years at the Leitlhof, and a reason for much of its success, has been the design and construction of the hotel's very own wood chip cogeneration plant. The commissioning of a plant of this kind and size is down to the tireless dedication of the young owner Stephan Mühlmann and his "friends in arms", as shown in this video:
We have reaped the fruits of all this work. The wood chip-fired plant has allowed us to reduce CO2 emissions per guest and night from 85.5 kg - already a low value for a hotel - to as little as 12.2 kg.
We are also certified by GSTC!
The Leitlhof has recently been certified by GSTC, and thus also recognized as one of the few truly sustainable hotels in the world. The strict guidelines of the audit, which will take place every two years in the future, guarantee our guests further genuine sustainable and climate-neutral holiday in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Dolomites.
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has developed a set of standards, known also as GSTC criteria. The criteria represent the minimum requirements that any tourism business should reach for socially, economically, culturally and environmentally sustainable tourism in all the world:
The GSTC Criteria are globally recognized; they should be adapted and expanded to the specific conditions of each region of the world and each industry sector. The GSTC Criteria are available on GSTC website.
They are organized around four main themes:
demonstrate effective sustainable management;
maximize social and economic benefits to the local community and minimize negative impacts;
maximize benefits to cultural heritage and minimize negative impacts;
maximize benefits to the environment and minimize negative impacts