Protecting the environment has been a serious undertaking in Monaco for decades. Prince Albert I of Monaco was committed to protecting the oceans while a strong policy of sustainable development has intensified since the accession of HSH Prince Albert II.
National initiatives focus on biodiversity, resource management and the reduction of greenhouse gases. The Principality has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
Monaco has 2,202 certified bedrooms (Green Globe, Green Key, Planet 21), which is 88 per cent of its total hotel capacity. In addition, 97 per cent of hotels have signed the National Pact for Energy Transition.
Monaco was one of the pioneers in the use of Heat Pumps. Since its inauguration in 1975, the Hotel Fairmont Monte-Carlo has boasted a sophisticated heating and air-conditioning system that draws water from the Mediterranean at a depth of 40m. Other venues heated or cooled using heat pumps with sea water include the Grimaldi Forum, the Oceanographic Museum, the Rainier III Auditorium and the establishments of Monte-Carlo SBM.
While yet other venues have been busy installing solar panels. The Grimaldi Forum Monaco has become the first solar power station in the Principality with 2,500 sqm of solar panels.
One of the big pluses for events in Monaco is its walkability with the close proximity of many major venues and hotels. And to promote this the Principality has installed numerous public elevators, escalators and travelators. In addition, Mobee is its 100 per cent electric car-sharing service. The Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco (CAM) is a major stakeholder in green transport thanks to its fleet of buses powered by Diester. CAM also manages Monabike, offering 390 electric bikes from 42 stations, and the water bus connecting Monaco-Ville and the Casino, which is electric and solar-powered.
There is also a fleet of premium, chauffeur-driven electric vehicles available for incentive groups and VIPs.
Sustainable mobility is increasingly incorporated into events programmes with groups discovering the destination on electric bikes, e-solex or electric Mini mokes.
One of the great pleasures of hosting an event in Monaco is the quality of its dining options. With more establishments committed to a responsible approach, the label ‘Restaurant Engagé’ indicates that they are working to reduce and sort waste, fighting food waste and single-use items, supporting local initiatives, reducing energy and water consumption while raising customer awareness of these issues.
Since 2013, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been in charge of the Mr Goodfish initiative in Monaco and the South of France, which aims to increase business awareness of sustainable sea food and fishing.
In addition, visitors will discover organic fruit and vegetable gardens, locally-brewed beer and locally-grown oysters.
Monaco continues to surprise its visitors and help event organisers looking to support sustainable initiatives.