Les Angles, part of the Neiges Catalanes ski area in the French Pyrenees, is broadening the scope of its environmental policies this winter with two new green measures: car sharing and a new energy-efficient chalet.

The resort has been certified ISO 14001 since 2007. "We had been implementing ecological practices for a few years already," a resort spokesmen told OnTheSnow. "The resort was determined to earn the certification out of concern for the environment."

This year, Les Angles is adding a car-sharing scheme that will be accessible through the resort's Web site. Users sign up via the site and can enter their departure point and time in order to find someone to accompany them. This should reduce the number of cars on the roads to the resort, cutting down on pollution and traffic.

The Chalet Ana, a luxurious chalet accommodation, has also just received the European Ecolabel. It is the only construction in the Pyrenees Orientales department to have been awarded this label.

Les Angles has adopted numerous practices designed to protect the environment. They have set aside reserves for the local grouse population and installed anti-collison devices on the lift cables to protect flying birds. It also uses organic products in the maintenance of the resort.

Its lodge is also completely autonomous in terms of energy. It only uses wood from local, replanted forests to heat the building. Solar panels also allow the lodge to create its own energy. Throughout the lodge and the entire resort, clients and staff are invited to sort their trash in order to recycle a maximum amount of waste.

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