"The foundations have been laid. Now comes the hard work of implementation," says Reto Branschi, Director/CEO of Destination Davos Klosters. Together with Davos mayor Philipp Wilhelm and Stephen Neff, CEO of the "myclimate" foundation, he is part of the steering committee of the "Davos 2030" climate project. The core element is the integrated "myclimate climate fund Davos". The special feature: This climate fund is based on the principles of the "Cause We Care" programme of the "myclimate" foundation, but allows not only tourism service providers to participate, but also indirect service providers such as trade and commerce. The support of the municipality of Davos underlines the overarching approach of the climate strategy for Davos as a tourist destination.
The next milestone for the "myclimate climate fund Davos" was reached in the Davos Municipal Council. The council pledged a maximum of CHF 250,000 per year in support. Landammann Philipp Wilhelm is pleased: "With this contribution, the Small Land Council wants to support the Davos tourism industry's own initiative and ensure that "Davos 2030" can grow into a major community project. "In this way, we are pursuing a central legislative goal: to put our tourism on a sustainable footing," Wilhelm emphasises.
Back to the "myclimate climate fund Davos", it works like this: if a guest or customer decides to stay or shop climate neutrally, he or she voluntarily pays an additional contribution. The company then pays the same amount into the fund. Half of the customer contribution goes to climate protection projects in Graubünden - a forest reforestation project in the Prättigau/Davos region - as well as to a biogas plant project for Nepalese families, which reduces around 165,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Another 35 percent of the customer contributions are earmarked for measures to make the participating businesses more sustainable. The rest will go to projects that reduce CO2 emissions in Davos. In short: reduce CO2 - locally and worldwide. This is entirely in the spirit of the "myclimate" foundation, as its CEO Stephen Neff emphasises: "Davos pursues a very comprehensive and holistic approach to climate protection. We are proud to be part of this pioneering project".
Together with the Swiss Water & Climate Forum, the municipality of Davos is looking for local answers to global questions of climate and water protection. The forum takes place every two years as the culmination of a two-year project development cycle.