HI 2013 Sustainability Fund winners announced
Here at HI Hostels, we’re serious about sustainable travel. That’s why we’ve set up the HI Sustainability Fund (HISF) – a project to help hostels reduce their CO2 emissions. Find out more about the project here and read about the winners on our blog here.
YHA England and Wales has won first place in our HI sustainability fund 2013 contest, followed by runners-up Spain and the USA also receiving support for their eco-friendly projects.
The competition offered a total of £60,000 for three individual projects that were looking to reduce their CO2 emissions. More than 18,200 people across the globe voted for 15 worldwide projects.
The winning project from YHA England and Wales wins £25,000, for its ground-breaking biomass boiler project at YHA Pen-y-Pass in Wales that will save 92.2 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The new biomass boiler will reduce carbon emissions at the popular youth hostel by 86% and is part of its plan to reduce its carbon footprint and energy costs.
Caroline White, chief executive of YHA, said: “We are all absolutely over the moon about winning the HISF grant for YHA Pen-y-Pass. The hostel, high up in the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, means so much to thousands of people who explore the area each year. The grant will ensure we can make the experience we offer at the site even better through innovative sustainability. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and please come and see the work for yourselves next year and stay at YHA Pen-y-Pass!”
The second place accolade and a donation of £24,800 goes to the As Corcerizas hostel in Spain, which has already been offering environmental education and promoting sustainable technology for more than 10 years. The hostel plans to promote renewable energy even further by installing a wind turbine, helping them towards their goal of being 100% sustainable.
“Here, in Red Española de Albergues Juveniles (REAJ), we want to thank HI for this amazing initiative that helps to preserve our environment and make a more sustainable world, I also want to thank everyone who voted for our Youth Hostel and contributed to Spain win the contest,” said Sergio Montoya, chief executive of the Spanish Associations REAJ.
A further £10,000 will also be given to HI-USA to help upgrade 10 of their hostels across the country to Gold Certification in Sustainable Education and Travel.
“We are thrilled to have won this generous grant money,” said chief executive Russ Hedge. “We constantly strive to operate our hostels in an environmentally-responsible manner, and this funding will help take our efforts to the next level.”
HI’s chief executive Mikael Hansson said: “We are delighted to award those three projects this money, which will reinforce to our customers the importance of our mission – to promote the value of global youth travel at the same time as working towards a more sustainable future.”
Find out more about the other shortlisted projects below.
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their CO2e by 50%. It’s a project that will inspire and we’d appreciate your vote. Thank you from Canada! Read more
Replacement heat generation using a wood pellet heating system at the Davos Youth Hostel, SWITZERLAND