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Sustainability


The Zermatt Bergbahnen AG is ISO 14001 certified and takes on a pioneering role among railway businesses in switzerland. Since 2002 it has invested between 0,5 and 1,0 mio. francs annually in current environmental causes.
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The building has been constructed using pre-fabricated wooden elements, only the base was made of concrete for structural reasons. The outer walls are insulated with 52 cm of rock wool, providing a high level of comfort in the interior.
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The mountain railways give people from all over the world the opportunity to experience the magnificent natural world of Zermatt in a number of ways. Real environmental management is necessary to ensure that this beauty remains unspoiled, and that a modern railway business can nevertheless still operate.
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The dramatic development of tourist infrastructure some decades ago also left various problems behind it in Zermatt. In 2002, the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG therefore arranged for an inventory to be drawn up of all the earlier damage and of the residual damage to the landscape.
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In 2003, in collaboration with gamekeepers, forest wardens and biologists, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG drew up a forest and wild game protection programme with the aim of improving conditions for the forest and for wild game in the winter.
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Damage to the landscape occurs on the one hand through natural influences, on the other through use of the land. If the damaged plant cover is not stabilized, barren areas grow larger and erosion increases.
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The re-greening of affected areas in higher regions is exceptionally difficult. However in many places it is unavoidable, in order to protect against erosion and reduce damage to the landscape.
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All building work carried out by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, and also restoration and replanting work, is monitored by a scientifically trained specialist.
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How does the Roman snail survive the winter? Why do Swiss stone pines grow on exposed rocks? How was the Matterhorn actually formed?
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As early as the end of the 18th century, plant experts were travelling to Zermatt together with their botanical specimen boxes. Word soon spread about the beauty of the plant world, but also of the extraordinary wealth of botanical rarities.
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