The project took top prize for its work in reducing the emissions from 12 mountain huts in Spain, Italy, Slovenia and France.
The team installed a variety of energy technologies – photovoltaic, micro-hydropower and wind energy generation, and hydrogen – as well as new insulation materials at a number of European high mountain refuges to make them more sustainable.
Data was collected for analysis and comparison with the refuges’ performance in previous years to determine the impact of the technologies on the mountain huts’ sustainability.
‘To win the award for the most energy-efficient project was a big surprise and is thanks to all the people who worked hard on this successful project. We will continue modernising mountain huts to make them more sustainable,’ said Dr Mitja Mori from the project.
The team’s approach can be replicated by others living in isolated locations across Europe and beyond.
The project also aims to prevent air pollution, preserve mountainous forests, promote sustainable tourism and introduce environmentally friendly methods for the production, distribution and use of energy.
The Energy Awards are organised by Slovenian business and financial daily newspaper Finance.
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- Publication date
- 3 December 2021
- European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency