Monaco City Hall commits to the National Pact for Energy Transition

The signing of the pact took place at the Monaco town hall at the beginning of the week

Monaco’s City Council this week marked its commitment to the National Pact for the Energy Transition, while Mayor Georges Marsan wrote down on the historic agreement at the Town Hall. The ceremony took place on Monday 8e October 2018, in the presence of Marsan’s assistant Marjorie Crovetto-Harroch, Minister of Public Works Marie-Pierre Gramaglia and Director of the Mission for Energy Transition (MTE) Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, among other notables.

This decision brings the achievement of the objectives of the Pact one step closer. First published in March last year, the Pact defines two key objectives for the Monegasque community with regard to its environmental obligations. First, supporters of the Pact hope to halve Monaco’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Second, they aim to achieve carbon neutralization throughout the Principality by 2050. The The first signatory of the Pact was HSH Prince Albert II and more than 500 others followed in its wake, the Mayor being the latest addition in sight.

“I feel happy and proud to welcome all parties to this special event which will strengthen the links and synergies between the various stakeholders in order to carry out the environmental actions promoted by the Municipality”, declared Monday Marsan. The Pact hopes to achieve its ambitions through three main axes: a more environmentally friendly transport infrastructure, renewable energy sources and a waste management system geared towards recycling. New initiatives are currently in preparation, including the separation of paper and plastic in all Monegasque offices, the opening of the first energy-independent building and automated air conditioning systems throughout the Principality.

In his capacity as Minister of Public Works, Gramaglia has already tried to put in place several other green measures aimed at achieving the ultimate objectives of the Pact, including the commissioning of electric coaches on two long-distance lines in Provence- Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA region). She also lent her voice to that of Marsan during the signing on Monday: “This agreement sends a strong signal to all Monegasque citizenship, with which the Municipality has always been directly linked, in order to make the Pact not a symbolic document, but a real effort that allows each of us to think about climate change caused by gas emissions and to act against it.