As part of the "Cause We Care" initiative, you have the opportunity to book your seminar CO2-neutral. We take over the compensation for you.
Your contribution to climate protection
The "Cause We Care" initiative of the Swiss foundation myclimate gives our guests the opportunity to promote climate protection locally and globally. By making a voluntary contribution, you, our valued guest, are making an active and effective contribution to climate protection.
Fish farming with own spring water
How it works
Your contribution to climate protection: As part of the "Cause We Care" initiative, you offset the CO2 emissions of your stay with CHF 2 per room and night. Seminars and conferences can be offset with +1% of the event costs (corresponds to approx. CHF 1.50 per person/seminar day). For weddings and banquets we also apply the 1% surcharge compensation rule.
Your contribution is voluntary. Please let us know at the time of booking or at the latest on arrival if you do not wish to make the contribution to climate protection.
In return we double the contribution
Part of the sum will be used to support high-quality international climate protection projects, so the service booked is climate-neutral. Myclimate selects and monitors these carbon offset projects. We invest the remaining amount in local sustainability measures. In this way our guests achieve a double effect with their commitment.
We promise to offset all unavoidable CO2 emissions of your stay with myclimate carbon offset projects. This way you benefit from a climate-neutral stay and at the same time promote sustainable development, job creation, nature conservation and much more in places where it is particularly necessary. At the same time, we invest the same amount again in local sustainability programmes and thus reduce our own CO2 emissions and energy consumption. In this way we ensure that stays with us are even more climate-friendly and sustainable.
Our two current projects
We are currently investing your and our contribution in the following two projects:
- Part of the money will be used to renovate our historic roofs. During their renovation, defective roof tiles are replaced, intact ones cleaned and reused. In addition, the entire roof surface will be insulated, which will lead to considerable savings – including heating costs. You can find further information here.
- The remaining money will flow into an international project of myclimate. We have selected the project "Clean drinking water for schools and households through filter systems".
Roof renovation Kornschütte
How we live sustainability in Ittingen Charterhouse – a few examples
- We wash and clean with detergents from the MayaLav-Line from Steinfels, which are particularly environmentally friendly. A dosing system controls the consumption.
- We produce about 10% of our electricity consumption (~120,000 kWh) with our own photovoltaic system.
- For our woodchip heating we use about 2'000 m3 of woodchips from regional wood every year. This corresponds to approximately 166'000 litres of heating oil, which we save.
- In all ventilation systems, as well as in cooling units and rooms where there is a hot water supply nearby, we use heat recovery to preheat the boiler water. In this way we achieve 5-10°C.
- We cook seasonally and process many products from our own farm. Whenever possible, we source products that we do not produce ourselves from local producers.
- In agriculture, we avoid the use of fungicides and herbicides as far as possible. Further examples of sustainability on our farm can be found here.
- In summer the Lower Guest House is cooled with spring water from the monastery's own spring. Afterwards the water continues to flow into our cattle shed.
- The irrigation in our nursery as well as in all gardens is done by meteor water from our pond.
- We have two high-performance charging stations for electric cars.
- In recent years we have invested around CHF 100,000 annually in our own sustainability projects.