Environmentally friendly holidays in Austria
We stand for sustainable tourism development and consider ourselves an environmentally friendly company. We mainly refer to the ecological dimension of sustainability. A respectful treatment of nature and the environment and a fundamental environmental friendliness are values that can be found at the Juffing. Sustainability implies future viability and therefore we deal with the following question:
What does sustainability mean for us at Hotel Juffing?
For our family run business, responsibility in our actions plays an important role. We do our best to base our decisions on aspects of sustainability, but we have to acknowledge that majorities have the last word in democratic societies and that we have to accept these majority decisions, even when they do not appear to follow the principles of sustainability. Our motto is: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
The products in our kitchen derive mainly from organic and regional production. We attach great importance to seasonal products. Our cuisine has been awarded with the AMA Gastronomy Quality Seal.
For our regional commitment, we were also awarded as the district winner of the "Bewusst-Tirol" mindfulness award for businesses in November 2011 and November 2017 in Innsbruck. We are particularly proud of our partial organic certification (AT-BIO-301), and since February 2015 we are proud owner of the Green Torque - this quality seal has been awarded since 1990 by Styria vitalis certified to organic restaurants and hotels, which offer their guests a wide range of vegetarian dishes. Our buffet does not offer products in individual packaging (jams in jars, sliced butter, cream cheese in porcelain dishes, etc.).
Regional suppliers and companies at the Juffing
Wherever possible, we work closely with local partners - from local electricians and carpenters to farmers who supply us with natural delicacies as sustainable and responsible producers. New constructions and renovations are generally carried out by craftsmen from the region. Our wine list exclusively contains Austrian wines and this also finds more and more understanding from international wine lovers.
Environmentally friendly arrival Bonus
On our website you will find tips and incentives for travelling by train. We will support all guests arriving by bike (please don't laugh: there are some guests from Bavaria and also from Innsbruck who arrive by bike) or by train with a Green Spa Bonus (Spa treatment voucher worth 10 cents per kilometre of train or bicycle travel, rounded up to the nearest whole number in Euros, valid per room).
Our SPA products derive from the cosmetics company Vinoble from Styria and contain no emulsifiers, preservatives, perfumes, mineral oils, silicones, colorants and amines. For massage treatments we use organic oils from Vitalis, Dr. Joseph and Pino. We do not use products with animal ingredients such as marmot ointments.
Our drinking water from Thiersee is unique spring water. In addition, we offer the revitalized Grander water in the entire SPA area and also in the restaurant for free.
Outside and inside, materials from renewable resources characterize the appearance of the Juffing. The highly effective thermal insulation (all facades have insulation with full thermal insulation, the 3-pane plastic windows have particularly good insulating properties) and the economical use of the valuable spring water from Thiersee are further ecological considerations.
All hotel rooms and suites, corridors and other public spaces are equipped with LED and energy-saving lamps (with the exception of two bathroom lamps and cartel lamps in the Sissi Room). A modification to LED is planned in the restaurant in the near future. We obtain 91% of our electricity from renewable sources. A new power line was laid in autumn 2013 to ensure the in-house energy consumption.
Heat and warm water - green technology
Heat is produced using state-of-the-art condensing boiler technology. The boiler efficiency is 97%. With the help of a 70 m˛ solar system on the roof of our new building we save valuable fuel. In the case of hot water preparation, the solar coverage rate is 40%.
Our swimming pool is heated in an environmentally friendly way by recycling the thermal discharge of the entire hotel (heat recovery). We do not use heaters at the outdoor area. We work daily on the economical use of resources in the entire production, trade and service process through the use of innovative methods, products, materials and technologies. We save valuable water by installing aerators in washbasins, WC and shower fittings and use only single-lever mixers. The staff house is supplied with energy by a modern photovoltaic system and an air-heat pump.
We wash all laundry (table linen/bed linen/ terry linen) in our own in-house laundry, saving resources and long transport distances. Carefully treated laundry also has a long service life and retains its value.
Disposal of food waste
We have our food scraps professionally collected by organic waste disposers and converted into environmentally friendly energy with the help of biogas plants.
Since December 2010 we offer two rooms completely furnished with Swiss pine wood with wooden flooring. The furnishings are 100% natural Swiss stone pine. All other rooms are furnished with local maple, walnut or ash wood. All rooms and suites have "Weitzer"wood parquet floors, which have been awarded with the "Blue Angel". Natural silicate bio-mineral colours are used for the walls.
Environmentally friendly printing documents
We communicate and print our premium documents exclusively on uncoated, environmentally certified and climate-neutral recycled offset paper, which consists of 100% certified secondary fibres.
Waste separation at the Juffing
We teach how to avoid and separate waste on a regular basis. Together with our suppliers, we ensure that reusable containers are used instead of disposable ones.
E-Mobility at the Juffing
The hotel has also come up with some ideas when it comes to sustainable mobility: Our underground car park offers electric charging stations for electric cars (1 x CEE Red 22 kW, 1 x CEE Red 11 kW, 4 x Schuko socket outlets), hotel guests can also rent mountain bikes and e-bikes free of charge to explore the beautiful surroundings. Recently, Tesla drivers can use our Destination Charger from Tesla for free (Tesla Connector, up to 14kW).
You can find a digital overview of the electricity charging stations (incl. those of our hotel) here!
Our guests attach great importance to the working satisfaction of our hotel employees. The sensitivity of our guests to social sustainability issues is very high. Take a look at our employee commitment and look forward with us to our new employee house (built in 2017) at one of the most beautiful locations in Hinterthiersee, preferably on site or at www.juffing.at/karriere
We are convinced that success in business is impossible without considering sustainability. Our guests appreciate our environmentally friendly, sustainable range of offers, and we are proud of numerous certifications and awards to back up our claims.
In winter 2015, our engagement with the field of sustainability was rewarded with the Austrian and European Ecolabel. In addition to this certification, we have been awarded the following certifications and awards.