Sustainability at The Chedi Andermatt
Wood and natural stone predominate at the 5-star deluxe hotel in Andermatt. In the entire building, the emphasis is on natural materials, responsible treatment of resources, and sustainable business practices.
Climate and environmental protection
- Building standard
The Chedi Andermatt’s buildings are excellently insulated and were built in accordance with the low-energy standard. They feature systematic air exchange and filtering, which ensures good air quality.
- Energy recovery
Wherever possible, heat is recovered internally at The Chedi Andermatt. For example, the radiant flooring in the spa area is heated with waste heat from the cooling equipment. In addition, all ventilation equipment is outfitted with energy recovery systems.
The Chedi Andermatt is heated with district heating supplied by a wood-chip-fired power plant, meaning that the heat is 100% CO2-neutral. The wood chips are sourced from the canton of Uri, as well as from a sawmill in Airolo (radius of less than 50 kilometres).
The Chedi Andermatt gets all of its power from hydroelectric stations and wind turbines in the Gotthard region. Despite significantly higher occupancy rates, power consumption has been stabilised and not increased substantially in recent years.
- Energy-efficient appliances
When electrical appliances are purchased, preference is given to those with low power consumption.
Bed linens and towels from The Chedi Andermatt are laundered by Wäscherei Heinzmann AG. Heinzmann is one of Switzerland’s largest and most environmentally friendly industrial laundry facilities. Some of the laundry is brought by rail to nearby Raron.
- Reduction of food waste
At The Restaurant and at the staff restaurant, all food waste is carefully collected and then identified and quantified by means of artificial intelligence using software from Kitro. This makes it possible to continuously reduce food waste in a targeted manner.
- Waste management
Waste separation is the rule at The Chedi Andermatt: PET, paper, cardboard, glass and aluminium are recycled. Food waste is collected separately and does not end up in the rubbish bin. Where possible, food is purchased locally and in reusable containers in order to keep packaging waste to a minimum. The use of plastic is being reduced – drinking straws, stirrers, etc. are made of recyclable materials.
Green waste and material from grease traps are collected and sent to a facility that generates heat or power from them. Disposal is coordinated with Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen. This reduces the number of trips and optimises loads.
- Soap recycling
The Chedi has a partnership with SapoCycle. The non-profit organisation collects soap from European hotels for recycling at workshops for people with disabilities. The new bars of soap improve the hygiene conditions of needy people in Switzerland, France and other countries.
- Natural cosmetics
For its treatments, The Spa & Health Club uses popular, tested brands with 100% natural ingredients.
- Fair working conditions
The employees at The Chedi are hired through the L-GAV, the collectively bargained agreement for the Swiss hospitality industry. It guarantees fair pay, contemporary hiring terms in line with the market and social protection. People of all age groups and genders enjoy equal opportunity at The Chedi.
- Personnel development
The Chedi Andermatt offers its employees flexible working time models so that they can reconcile their personal lives with their jobs. Advanced training and language courses are actively promoted and supported, and an internal offer of basic and advanced training ensures that employees also have opportunities for advancement within the company.
- Social commitment
In collaboration with Swiss disability insurance, The Chedi Andermatt offers protected jobs for reintegration into working life. It also works with the Swiss Red Cross in Altdorf to hire political refugees.
- Local embedding
Where possible, maintenance work at The Chedi Andermatt is performed by local companies in order to keep travel distances short and preserve value creation in the region. As a rule, local suppliers are always given preference.
The focus of all activities at The Chedi Andermatt is on guests and their needs. The building is barrier-free and located centrally. Special offers are available for families, such as a babysitter service and a large selection of foods for children. Pets are welcome.
- Dining options for everyone
The restaurants at The Chedi Andermatt are responsive to food intolerances. The Restaurant has a wide range of vegetarian and vegan offerings and a separate menu with meatless dishes.
- Jobs and training positions
The Chedi Andermatt employs more than 300 people and provides vocational training for cooks and restaurant and hotel managers. In addition, it offers internships for students at hotel management schools.
- Value creation in the region
By creating and preserving jobs, and by working together with partners, service providers and suppliers in the area, The Chedi Andermatt is making a sustainable contribution to local value creation.
In order to preserve resources and save on transportation, the rooms are decorated with potted plants rather than cut flowers.
The hotel has four stations where guests and employees can recharge their electric vehicles with 100% eco-power.
Investment in the future
Each year, three apprentices start their training to become a restaurant manager, a hotel manager or a cook.