Eco-responsible Monte Carlo: the challenge. When we talk about Monaco, it is often to remind us of all the pomp that goes with it. Luxury cars from Monaco, luxury yachts, Monaco is also home to the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. Not to mention its lifestyle. So at first glance, it’s hard to believe in the principality’s environmental efforts. And yet, this is about to change, as Monaco is committed to becoming one of the most sustainable tourist destinations
. A great challenge ahead… Eco-friendly Monte-Carlo: the challenge
Monaco prefers to go green
The Principality of Monaco sparkles with champagne and glamour. But if we tell you that the Monegasque territory hides creative activities and ideas designed to meet strict ecological objectives in order to create a sustainable environment. To protect the beauty of this spectacular section of the French Riviera. Proof that sustainable can be very chic and green. Several targets have been put in place, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and achieving total carbon neutrality by 2050. The Princely Palace manages the Monegasque territory with the firm intention of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Is Monaco trying to become environmentally friendly? It is still trying hard to reduce its ecological impact by making efforts for the environment. An eco-responsible approach which makes it one of the most important destinations for the protection of the environment. An environmental approach that deserved to be highlighted.
The Oceanographic Museum has recently opened a state-of-the-art rescue centre to care for and rehabilitate sea turtles. Accessible from the aquarium, this new open-air facility takes visitors on a fabulous sea turtle journey. From there you can discover their life cycle to the dangers that threaten their existence. From their unique nesting habits to the actions taken to preserve them. The center works in coordination with other local turtle conservation organizations. Its aim: To ensure the health and safety of turtles in the seas surrounding Monaco, the Mediterranean Sea. It also aims to educate the public about the
local training on how to spot a wounded turtle.
The Grimaldi Forum’s new solar roof
Monaco’s largest event venue, the Grimaldi Forum, is installing photovoltaic panels on its roof this year. This will make it the Principality’s first green energy supplier. The 2,500 square metre solar power plant, created in partnership with the Société Monégasque d’Électricité et de Gaz (SMEG), will be the largest in size and power in Monaco. It will produce some 6000 Mwh per year, i.e. as much electricity as consumed by 130 households. It is one of the many sustainable initiatives of the Grimaldi Forum, which has been ISO 140001 certified since its creation for the environment.
Respecting the environment with Monabike
Residents and visitors can now use Monaco’s brand new electric bike sharing system. Launched in July by PBSC Urban Solutions, MonaBike replaces the old self-service bike system with the BOOST electric bike. This bike has been specially selected for its renowned pedal assist technology. It will easily transport cyclists as they travel through the Principality’s hilly terrain. With a total planned deployment of 300 BOOST electric bikes and 35 smart charging stations, the self-service bike network will be extended throughout Monaco.
A mobile app, with real-time station mapping and bike rental features, allows cyclists to easily locate and rent the nearest available electric bike. It doesn’t stop there. All Visit Monaco ‘s partners and tourist establishments within the Commune are committed to this development.
The prestigious Monte-Carlo Beach and Monte-Carlo Bay hotels have both obtained Green Globe certifications in recognition of their efforts in terms of sustainable development. While in 2017, theMetropole Monte-Carlo Hotel financed and organised the reforestation of a nearby hill after suffering severe forest fires. Thanks to the Metropole’s “my own tree” programme, guests of the luxury hotel can sponsor the acquisition of new trees in the area. The aim is always to make Monaco eco-responsible.
Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo
With 386,000 daily trips in the eco-friendly 2.02 km² principality of Monaco, new transport options have made it easier for citizens and tourists to reduce their carbon footprint. 17 bicycle stations, a solar-powered waterbus and a dozen hybrid buses are available, while two Tesla-compatible charging stations allow environmentally conscious travelers to still feel the thrill ofs iconic roads and narrow streets without forgetting the hairpin bends in style.
L’Orangerie’s founder, Philip Culazzo, sought government permission to pick unwanted fruit. He created the city’s first all-Monegasque liqueur. The oranges are already 100% organic and pesticide-free. Chef Paolo Sari of Elsa, a 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant, has an exclusive partnership with Eric Rinaldi, the last working fisherman in Monaco. The Rinaldi family belongs to a multi-generational family of expert fishermen, whose wives ran the famous fish stall at the historic Condamine market for decades. The chef designs his menu around the Rinaldi’s daily catch, with the added bonus of a zero carbon footprint for transportation.
Former tennis pro and model Jessica Sbaraglia turned micro-farmer grows 1,600 square meters of vegetable and fruit gardens, Terre de Monaco, the first of its kind in nearly 300 years. In the world’s most densely populated mini-state, she has found opportunities to create vegetable gardens and champion organic farming. And her first successful urban farm flourished with the support of crowdfunding and the reigning monarch, Prince Albert II himself, a 30-square-meter plot in the prince’s own foundation. His second and largest vegetable garden, or garden, to date is on a low roof in the middle of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort: 400 square meters that allow the star-studded Blue Bay restaurant to have pink radishes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, edible flowers, etc. Not to mention the exotic garden with the most beautiful Mediterranean flower species.
An apiary in town
An apiary with 10 beehives in the Odeon Tower, a luxury space-age skyscraper, and a brood of 30 chickens, provide honey and eggs to the residents. The chickens are fed green waste collected at the residence’s Odeon café by Cipriani, serving what Sbaraglia calls circuit farming. Having produced nearly five tons of fruit and vegetables since Terre de Monaco’s inception in 2016, Sbaraglia has set his sights on neighboring Nice, where six rooftops near the French Riviera airport will be transformed into thriving green spaces. And as for the Monaco Grand Prix, they also have the ePrix – a biennial Formula E championship car race (i.e. a race featuring only electric cars). Talk about Monaco going all out to become eco-friendly!
I’m Michelle, and I love to travel. As a former hotel expert for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, I’ve stayed in nearly every type of room imaginable (including many that were not so desirable!). Nowadays, I am fortunate enough to be able to explore the world on my own terms. From international flights to learning different languages, there is nothing too far out of reach!