Swiss Youth Hostels – Climate-neutral Overnight Stays

Swiss Youth Hostels has been a partner of myclimate since 2008. Since then, guests have had the option with every booking of compensating for the emissions of their journey to the hostel and their stay, thus making a commitment to sustainability and climate protection. Swiss Youth Hostels employees also compensate for their own business-related air and car travel.

The Swiss Youth Hostels model is unique and very successful. Guests can make a voluntary climate contribution, which is used firstly for compensating for the emissions, and secondly for an internal climate fund. This fund finances internal measures for reduction (e.g. nationwide improvements to reduce water consumption, installation of solar panels and photovoltaic systems). Thanks to these and other measures, Swiss Youth Hostels have managed to gradually reduce the emissions per overnight stay by more than half the tons of CO₂ per square meter in recent years. To compensate for the remaining emissions, Swiss Youth Hostels supports myclimate high quality climate protection projects.

Voluntary carbon compensation via myclimate is an important element of our sustainability strategy. Two thirds of our guests have already made use of this in 2021; compensation means having your finger on the pulse.

René Dobler, CEO at Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism

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