NSAA Climate Challenge
In 2011 Canyons completed its first Carbon Emissions study through the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Climate Challenge. We were one of eight resorts participating in the voluntary program in its inaugural year. The data collection was gathered over the calendar year of 2011 from all facilities that were owned and operated by Canyons including lodging facilities, on-mountain facilities, lifts, and snowmaking operations. As a result of the data collected, we now have a baseline detailing our current carbon emissions levels, goals for the future, tactics and time lines to reach the goals.
Data was collected for the following areas:
- Solid Waste and Recycling – This was an optional element to collect but we felt as thought it was important to examine all operational areas.
- Diesel (both on-site and off-site gas card purchases)
- Bio Diesel
- Unleaded fuel
Canyons had made the commitment to participate in the 2012 NSAA Climate Challenge and we are currently collecting data monthly and will report the results in May of 2013.
Canyons Carbon emissions for calendar year 2011 was 19,193 mtco2e (metric ton of carbon dioxide). The following are examples of equivalent consumption.
- Emissions from 2 million gallons of gasoline consumed.
- Emissions from electricity use in 2200 homes for one year.
- Carbon sequestered annually by 3700 acres of pine or fir forests.
- Emissions from 726,000 propane cylinders used for home barbeques.
- Emission avoided by recycling 6100 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.
- Our target is to reduce our emissions 15% or 2879 mtco2e by 2017.
A majority of our carbon emissions are a result of the amount of electricity we use at Canyons. Our power usage was 20 million kilowatt hours (kwhs) or $1.6 million. A bulk of the power is attributed to the Grand Summit Hotel and our snowmaking operations.
The 2nd highest contributor to our carbon emission was from solid waste. Our solid waste for 2011 equaled over 4 million lbs vs. only 270,000lbs of recycling.