The Verbier Institute is a Swiss foundation (in formation) dedicated to pioneering sustainable development in mountain areas and in particular in the Alps. It focuses on driving innovation and generating tangible results through the collaboration between the public and the private sector. The VI acts as a catalyst for launching projects and policies aimed at reducing the impact of climate change.
The 'Commune de Bagnes' is a Swiss commune located in the Entremont district of the canton du Valais. Covering a total area of 28,226 ha, the Commune de Bagnes is the third largest Swiss commune. It includes 19 villages and hamlets and the world renowned ski resort of Verbier which can welcome up to 30,000 guests. Verbier is one of the most visited ski resorts in Switzerland and is a gateway to the 4 Vallées, the largest Swiss ski area, which offers more than 400km of marked runs and culminates at 3330m at Mont Fort.
Today there are in excess of 8,000 inhabitants and numerous societies in the cultural and sport arenas. The Commune de Bagnes hosts major events such as the Verbier Festival (classical music) and the Verbier Xtreme free ride championship.
With the Mauvoisin dam, the highest arch dam in Europe (250m), the Commune de Bagnes is also a key energy supplier in Switzerland.
In addition, the Commune de Bganes is gifted with a unique alpine architectural heritage. Five of its villages are listed in the Federal registry for built up sites of national importance and to be protected in Switzerland.
TMR SA is the regional transport operator in the Martigny area. The company was born in 2000 from the merger between MO-Martigny Orsières which operated in the Entremont valley and Martigny Châtelard which operated in the Trient valley. TMR SA has four core activities: public transport operation, private transport provision, freight transport and railway engineering and maintenance.
TMR SA and its subsidiary RegionAlps operate circa 165km of regional railway lines from Châtelard to Martigny, Martigny to Châble and Orsières and from St Gingolph to Brigue. In 2014, the company carried almost 259 000 people aboard Mont-Blanc Express !
TMR SA is primarily owned by the Swiss Confederation (43%) and the Canton du Valais (43%). In 2014, TMR SA invested CHF 14 millions and generated a CHF 42 millions turnover. TMR SA holds ISO 9001 (management), ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (safety) certifications.
The first edition of the Swiss Mobility Days will showcase sustainable mobility over 4 days, April 7-10 2016, at the CERM in Martigny. The Swiss Mobility Days will host a series of events ranging from a scientific symposium to professional seminars and conferences for the wider audience. In addition a range of vehciles will be on display with a test driving area will be on offer. A unique combination not to be missed for anybody interested in sustainable mobility!