Switzerland bases its understanding of sustainability formulated by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Based on this statement, four main actions emerge, which can be summarized in the word A-G-I-R as follows:
Sustainable development is now an integral part of the values of the Patrouille des Glaciers. It is part of a long-term perspective. After all, it is about being able to offer future generations the exceptional natural environment in which the Patrouille des Glaciers has been operating since its beginning. Let’s build a sustainable future together by applying the 5 rules for an environmentally conscious behavior.
Based on the “think global, act local” approach, the Command of the Patrouille des Glaciers has drawn up 5 rules that complement the 4 main actions. These rules apply to every person involved in the Patrouille des Glaciers as well as to the service providers.
In order to establish a carbon footprint, the Patrouille des Glaciers relies on the expertise of a recognized civilian company from issue to issue. In order to achieve better results in terms of environmental impact, the balance drawn up in accordance with the latest ISO standards makes it possible to identify those areas where progress should be made.
The carbon footprint of the 2022 edition of the Patrouille des Glaciers can be downloaded here. (In french)
In collaboration with the HES-SO Valais-Wallis, various opportunities for improvement were identified. Among them, the mobility of the public. During the 2024 edition, a study will be carried out with the HES-SO Valais-Wallis to develop a more sustainable mobility strategy.
The Patrouille des Glaciers is a huge technological challenge and an open-air laboratory. Because survival, communication, organization and respect for the environment at high altitude are a real challenge. The consequences of climate change at high altitudes are now visible and concern not only the organizer of the event, but also the entire population.
In collaboration with the Patrouille des Glaciers Foundation, various studies are being carried out to determine the impact on the organization of the race as well as to identify measures that will not only preserve the existing natural environment but also contribute to the necessary actions towards sustainable development.