Sustainable travel

Climate neutral – living sustainability – net zero carbon footprint

Stay with us and protect the Environment

We are situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Germany and are keen to protect our natural environment.

The forests of our carbon-offsetting project in Panama help ensure that your stay with us is carbon neutral. CO²OL - our forest from bird's eye view

Certificate of our CO2 footprint

Certificate of our CO2 footprint

‘green’ electrical power & highest efficiency class ‘A’ rating: We love our environment!

‘green’ electrical power & highest efficiency class ‘A’ rating: We love our environment!

Re-forestation project Panama: Planting trees, Forest Finance,  source: ForestFinance

Re-forestation project Panama: Planting trees, Forest Finance, source: ForestFinance

Re-forestation project Panama: Fire strips to protect,  source: ForestFinance

Re-forestation project Panama: Fire strips to protect, source: ForestFinance

Re-forestation project Panama: Plant seedlings of Amarillo, source: ForestFinance

Re-forestation project Panama: Plant seedlings of Amarillo, source: ForestFinance

We decided to apply for carbon footprint assessment from the independent certification authority VIABONO. After a rigorous survey we were awarded the highest efficiency class ‘A’ rating in February 2016.

Our important positive measures at the Hotel include:

  • Use of fresh locally-sourced foods
  • Minimization of packaging materials
  • Reduction of employee work journey times
  • Eco-friendly hotel linen washing
  • Use of recycled paper
  • Use of ‘green’ electrical power
  • Application of efficient modern technology– such as our Heat Pump installation
  • Motion detectors for power-saving lighting control
  • Automatic climate control in the guest rooms. (When the window is opened the heating shuts down automatically.)

On the way to complete carbon neutrality – a net zero carbon footprint

Through our co-operation with VIABONO we offer you, our valued guests, the opportunity actively to participate in making your stay in our Hotel the ultimate climate-neutral accommodation experience.

How is this achieved?
The technical measurement of our CO² footprint at 18.06 Kg per guest per night puts us in the ultimate climate-efficiency class ‘A’. The total annual CO² emission from the Hotel of 229.313 tons can be compensated for or offset in whole or in part by the support of officially recognised carbon-offsetting re-forestation projects. With the help of our guests, the more the better (!), and a levy of just 0,35€ per night per person we can offset more and more CO². This contribution flows directly to the reforestation project. The procedure is all subject to strict guidelines certified to the highest international standards. www.goldstandard.org

Our Re-forestation Project
We receive certification of reforestation from the CO²OL Tropical Mix Re-forestation Project, Panama. Former brownfield sites and over-grazed cattle land are forested by the planting of predominantly indigenous tree species.

Panama, located between Costa Rica and Colombia, bridges two continents. This region has one of the greatest variety of animal and plant species worldwide. See the location map here.

A detailed description of the Panama project and the new movie.

You can make your climate-neutral contribution of 0,35€ per person per night at the time of booking your accommodation. A few easy steps and your reservation is made! Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail.

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We thank you for your support.

Why reforest in the Tropics and not in Germany?
Since we have but a few years to prevent a global warming of over 2°C, the Certification process initiates climate protection measures where they are most effective. For this reason it is best to replant in the tropics where, especially in the first years, plant growth rate is much faster than in our latitudes. (Biomass growth : CO² capture).

Ecological and Social aspects of the Panama CO²OL Reforestation Project
For successful Certification, such projects must offer not only demonstrable climate protection benefits but must also generate additional environmental and social benefits – (so-called “Co- Benefits”). These include the support of existing social programmes and the integration of the local population together with additional environmental benefits such as the promotion of bio-diversity and the protection of soil and water sources.

Viabono
The Viabono company has made a name for itself as a leading Independent professional organisation certifying environmental sustainability in the leisure, travel and tourism sectors. Viabono offers you the enjoyment of an intact natural environment in “the most beautiful weeks of the year”. Your holiday becomes a unique quality experience.

„We were delighted to be able to grant the CO² footprint categorization for the Hotel Im Schulhaus. The excellent result in the Climate efficiency class “A” with only 18.06 kg per guest per night clearly shows the effect of the already implemented environmental and climate protection measures.“

Helge Beißert, The Chief Executive of Viabono

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