Sunset at Miage
©Hugo Guillerez

Discover Our actions for sustainable development of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

Proactive destination

Dive into the heart of Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc’s sustainable commitment! Discover here the innovative initiatives, inspiring partnerships and concrete actions that make Saint-Gervais a model of sustainable development. Whether you’re a traveler, concerned about your ecological footprint or simply committed to preserving our planet, discover our achievements and find inspiration for your own responsible approaches.

Welcome to our collective adventure towards a greener, more sustainable future in Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc!

Green Snowflake destination 2 flakes **

Created in 2011 by the Savoy-based Mountain Riders association, the ‘Flocon Vert’ label aims to support mountain resorts in adopting more responsible, virtuous and eco-citizen behavior.

Based on numerous criteria (20 in total), divided into 4 themes, this label rewards mountain destinations engaging in a responsible approach in:

  • The local economy.
  • Social and cultural issues.
  • Governance and destination.
  • Environment and natural resources.

After more than a year in the certification process, the destination has been awarded not one but two “Green Snowflakes”. An exceptional distinction, as it is the very first destination to obtain “at the first attempt” two flakes of this precious label.

As this sustainable development approach is a long-term one, Saint-Gervais operates within the framework of a real in-depth strategy aimed at reconciling the development of the village with the preservation of its environment. This is in addition to the quality policy pursued by Saint-Gervais.

The development of renewable energies A positive energy territory!

The mountain territory of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc abounds in resources, wood, water, sun… Everything is present to enable the commune to harness its resources in order to transform them into clean energy. As a result, Saint-Gervais is one of the few mountain villages to evolve in a positive energy territory!

Thanks to Saint-Gervais’ natural resources, and in particular the Bonnant torrent, 4 hydroelectric power stations thus total over 30 Megawatts of power, ultimately producing over 100 GWH of electricity every year, equivalent to the consumption of over 32,000 inhabitants. With its 5,600 inhabitants, the town of Saint-Gervais is an exporter of this clean, renewable energy!


Photovoltaic power plant and solar panels

In order to reduce energy consumption and limit the production of CO2 emissions, Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc is having 1,200 m² of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of its patinoire. Since its installation, this plant has produced an annual average of 155,545 KWH, equivalent to the annual consumption of 37 homes.

Also with a view to protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, 60% of the hot water for the sanitary facilities at Saint-Gervais’ pool is heated by 56 m² of solar panels installed on its roof. This thermal production even makes it possible to pre-heat the large bath when the sun is shining brightly and there’s a surplus of production!

Green & sustainable mobility for the region

The individual car, once the queen of mobility, is no longer adapted to the sustainable vision of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc and its inhabitants: noise pollution, greenhouse gases, road congestion or energy consumption, the town of Saint-Gervais is committed to the signature of the 2019/2023 Air Protection Plan, to support the transformation of carbon consumption habits, specifically on the subject of mobility in order to change behavior and offer alternatives to the car.

By implementing these new, innovative, well-thought-out, environmentally-friendly, modern means of transport, adapted to the travel needs of our entire population, whether they are permanent residents, second homes or holidaymakers, the destination is committing to a sustainable future for its territory.

A project Environmental copy

The latest addition to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc’s hydroelectric power stations, the Miage water turbine is an exemplary project in terms of its environmental impact! Indeed, the power plant draws its energy from the water of the Miage torrent, captured by pipes upstream from it. In order to transport all these imposing building materials to steep, difficult-to-access mountain areas, the commune first looked for an alternative to the thousands of helicopter rotations that this project suggested.

The solution finally chosen was that of the blondin technique: cable-car transport, admittedly slower than transport by helicopter, but otherwise much more environmentally friendly!