Monaco championing energy transition

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Monaco championing energy transition

The Principality of Monaco has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

To achieve this target and set Monaco on a course to carbon neutrality by 2050, the national action plan focuses primarily on the three sectors responsible for the highest greenhouse gas emissions: road transport, waste treatment and energy consumption.

Electro-Mobility – Green transport

One of Monaco’s big advantages is its size (2km2) and therefore its walkability to most venues, hotels, and places of interest. There is also a great offer of green transport from public buses powered by Diester, electric bikes managed by Monabike, a 100% electric car-sharing service by Mobee, and a solar-powered water bus that connects Monaco-Ville to Monte-Carlo district.

Eco-friendly vehicles currently account for more than 11% of registered vehicles in the Principality. The Government is continuing to expand the network of electric charging points, Monaco On, which have been available for two years and remain free.  Monaco On provided nearly 120,000 electric charges in 2021.

Green mobility is increasingly incorporated into events programmes with groups visiting the destination on electric bikes, e-solex or electric Mini Mokes.

Solar energy: photovoltaic panels

The Principality has access to plenty of solar resources, experiencing an average of 2,917 hours of useful sunshine every year. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Monaco has decided to increase the share of renewable energy, with a particular focus on the use of solar power.

More than 8,000sqm of photovoltaic panels have been installed on roofs of the Principality.

In September 2019, the Grimaldi Forum became Moncao’s largest solar power plant, with 2,500sqm of photovoltaic panels, 1,500 modules and annual production of nearly 650 MWh, making the congress centre self-sufficient and allowing it to supply neighbouring buildings.

It has overtaken the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort , which had previously covered its roof with 789 photovoltaic panels, generating 160,000 KWh per year, enough to supply 30 households for a year.

Today, renewable energy accounts for 24% of the energy consumed in Monaco. 

Monaco: A pioneer in seawater heat pumps

Monaco is one of the first countries to have developed the use of this type of energy along its coastline. The Principality installed its first seawater heat pump in 1963 at the Rainier III Outdoor Swimming Stadium to heat the water for the pool. The country now has more than 80 pumps.

Some of the buildings in Monaco which are heated or cooled using seawater heat pumps include the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum, the Rainier III Auditorium and the Monte-Carlo SBM buildings.

The ban of Plastic

Monaco has been actively working to reduce its plastic waste since 2016. The aim is to achieve zero single-use plastic waste by 2030.

Single-use bags, straws and drink stirrers, cotton buds, disposable glasses, cutlery and plates are all now banned in Monaco – a testament to the Principality’s policy on combatting plastic waste.

Plastic is responsible for 75% of ocean and sea pollution and causes serious pollution incidents in marine environments.

The Principality works to ensure that our seas and oceans are high on the international agenda with an ethical and sustainable vision of marine issues.

In Partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco founded the Monaco Blue Initiative in 2010 which became Monaco Ocean Week. A number of great Initiatives have emerged from this event like the Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed) to combat marine pollution and plastic in the Mediterranean.

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For further information on energy transition and sustainability in Monaco click here, or visit The  Monaco White paper on sustainable tourism

For any other information please click here

or contact Visit Monaco in London  

Rebecca Petit-Jean
7 Upper Grosvenor Street
 London W1K 2LX
+44 (0) 20 7318 1093

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