Updated: Feb 6
The involvement of stakeholders is strategic to achieve a shared goal. And it becomes fundamental when it comes to addressing complex issues like energy efficiency, closely linked to the concept of sustainable development. The Mission pour la Transition Énergétique - MTE (Monaco Energy Transition Mission) was created in 2016 by the will of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to support the evolution of the energy transition that is involving all sectors of Monegasque society to reach the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality. In this framework the MTE has recently launched the Pacte National pour la Transition Énergétique (National Pact for Energy Transition) as an operational tool that allows all actors who live, work or study in the Principality to engage themselves in a virtuous path of take-action initiatives and exchange of best practices. On the 24th January 2023, the annual MTE meeting was held at the Monaco Yacht Club in the presence of institutional, civil and corporate representatives. The idea was also to take stock of the process of sustainable change underway in Monaco. Not by chance the event was entitled "Bilan et perspectives d’un engagement collectif" (Assessment and prospects of a collective commitment).
The MTE, in fact, sets the objective to carry out actual project under the umbrella of the National Green Fund to fulfil the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mobilisation to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, energy savings, increase in the use of renewable energies and progressive decarbonisation are on the top list of actions.
H.E. Céline Caron-Dagioni, Government Advisor–Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urban Planning highlighted : « 2030 is seven years from now, so it is just 'tomorrow'. So, let’s redouble our efforts and collective creativity to gather more and more and convince all those who, today, are not fully convinced of the urgent need for our approach ». Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, Director of MTE, pointed out: « According to the original idea of the Sovereign Prince, this action was meant to be shared starting from the Livre Blanc de la Transition Énergétique (White Paper on Energy Transition) that engaged in one common target the whole group of stakeholders from the Principality. Fifty out of the eighty-eight actions indicated in 2017 have already been implemented or currently ongoing ».
H.E. Pierre Dartout, Minister of State, underlined: « The State must lead the example. (...) At all levels of the State, agents are engaged by everyday gestures that contribute to the control of consumption and the preservation of resources ». A parade of institutional figures attended the rendezvous. Among them, Yvette Lambin-Berti, Secretary of State, and Guillaume Rose, who represented the President of the National Council.
A follow-up debate with operative partners made some feedbakcs from the field. Marie-Gisèle Fringant, President of the Junior Economic Chamber, stressed: « I say yes to energy saving! Since 2016, our opportunities for synergy with local businesses have not ceased to increase in terms of food for thoughts, training and taking action ». Virginie Bernard, CSR Manager at CFM Indosuez, stated: « One third of the Principality’s CO2 emissions are related to the energy consumed by buildings and it would take a century to rebuild apartments with high energy performance. Thus, Monaco needs to improve the greening of its housing stock. The world of finance can be a valuable help. In fact, a sustainable bank must integrate the notion of sustainability and ecological footprint in all financial transactions. The bank must therefore encourage the customer and choose the best solutions to achieve maximum energy efficiency ». Gabriel Viora, President of the Order of Architects, concluded: « Everyone is looking for a pleasant living environment. A sustainable building corresponds to energy saving, a building-site-management responsibly and comfort. So, luxury must get along with its opposites, namely efficiency and tranquility. In Monaco we are trying to reach the maximum in these terms. The Carmela project is a good example with the installation of a reversible hydrogen-fueled cell able to store and restore the energy produced ».
In the final part of the event, the Energy Transition Trophies were given to three win-win entrepreneurial realities that applied best practises to their business. Notably, EatIn - Léo de Bruyn, for its delivery service in Principality through 100% electric scooters; ICI Salad - Grégory Rougaignon, for his investment in MaConsigne project in stores, click & collect and delivery and MoNa Residence - Jean-Baptiste Pastor (Michel Pastor Group), for its great action in energy saving, to protect the Mediterranean micro climate.
The Monaco Energy Transition Mission annual event represented the occasion to strengthen the common social and economic commitment to accelerate the energy efficiency process in view of the first goal to be reached: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 1990 performances. ***
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