Taos Ski Valley, a village and alpine ski resort in southwest US, has become a certified carbon-neutral company.
It has been working with Climate Impact Partners to offset its greenhouse gas emissions through projects that reduce carbon and deliver sustainable development impacts.
Taos’ initiatives focus on three key areas: renewable energy, electric vehicles (EVs) and energy efficient buildings.
Some of its carbon reduction measures include resort operations like chairlifts and snowmaking using 100% renewable energy, high efficiency snow guns that reduce energy and water use and the retrofit of older buildings to reduce their energy impact.
In addition, Taos has invested in electrifying its fleet of vehicles, including snowmobiles and cars and this winter, it is expected to be the first ski resort in North America to deploy an all-electric snowcat.
Taos Ski Valley CEO David Norden said: “CarbonNeutral® certification is the first step in our greater goal of significantly reducing our carbon emissions without using offsets.
“To achieve this milestone, we conducted a rigorous audit to fully understand our carbon footprint, so now we are poised for the next steps of further cutting greenhouse gasses. While we still have work to do to achieve our reduced carbon emission goals, we are thrilled to achieve this significant milestone on our journey. This is the right thing to do for all stakeholders, including our local community and our guests.”